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The Alchemist’s Fire: Metalsmithing

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The Alchemist’s Fire: Metalsmithing
Debra Carus
Date and Time:
10:00am - 4:00pm
$380 plus $75 Materials Fee
Total Cost:
Minimum Age Level:
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February 27, 2018
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March 13, 2018

Workshop registration opens for members on February 27.

Workshop Overview

Transform sheet metal and wire into an extraordinary piece of jewelry in this metalsmithing sampler course. Create design sketches based on personal inspiration, then bring them into focus through sawing, piercing, forging and shaping metal components. Create surface patterns using etching techniques, basic fold forming and three-dimensional shaping. Learn to combine the elements with hot (torch soldering) and cold (riveting) connections into a finished piece that reflects your own inspiration. Learn to set a variety of cabochon and faceted stones. We will work with silver, copper and brass.

About the Instructor(s)

Debra Carus is a metalsmith and jeweler in Clackamas, Oregon. Her passion is for creating storied art jewelry that reflects her love of nature and her Norwegian roots. Debra is a full time studio artist and metals instructor. She is also a Senior Instructor for Art Clay World, certifying metal clay instructors and enthusiasts in the Pacific Northwest.

Materials List: Students Bring


• Paper/pencil

• Ruler

• Fine point Sharpie marker

• Eye magnification (Optivisor/reading glasses/magnifier)

• Set of small needle files for metal (NOT diamond files!)

• Round nose pliers

• Chain nose pliers with smooth inside jaws (NOT serrated)

• Flush cutters for wire

• Sketches or pictures of jewelry for inspiration

Materials List Provided by Instructor(s)

All metals tools/equipment, including:

• Torches

• Soldering supplies

• Hammers

• Bench pins/blocks

• Flex shafts and supplies

• Etching supplies

• Metal and wire

• Assorted tools

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