Wirework Description: Create various kinds of metal wire, completely unique to your design aesthetic, using everything from basic garage tools to metalsmithing tools and the rolling mill. Make fancy, patterned, flat, or twisted wire and more with additional lessons in cuff bracelets, findings, and no-solder rings (as time permits). Additional session offered on Monday evening, June 3 (B130641).
Students will Learn: How to make artisan-designed wire out of plain round wire, which saves money and gives jewelry designs unique and distinctive looks; get a basic understanding of the workability of various metals, including hardening and annealing, and examples of how to use the wire in jewelry design.
Project will be completed in class.
At least 16 years old.
Supplies to Bring: Anvil pillow, ball-peen hammer, bench block, cutters, metal files, rawhide hammer, safety glasses, vice. Optional: texturing hammers or metal stamps. Instructor will also bring items to share in class.
Pliers: Flatnose nylon jaw, nylon-jaw wire straightener, standard needlenose, standard roundnose.
Materials in Kit: Copper and brass wire, polishing papers and cloth, instructions.