Saturday, August 22, 2009

Soldered Elements

To get the full scoop on this workshop, please click on the flyer pages above. Spaces are filling up so don't hesitate if you are interested in joining us. I would love to have you.
Workshop dates: Oct. 17 & 18 OR Oct. 31 & Nov. 1
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Registration Fee: $230 (both days, includes lunch and snacks)
Kit Fee: $30 (payable to instructor day of class)
Your spot can be secured with the payment of the registration fee.
Each workshop is limited to seven students.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Location: San Luis Obispo, California
I can be contacted by either email: OR
by phone: 805-544-3664

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Open Studio

Many of you have contacted me and asked when I will be offering more classes. After searching for a new location for my classes to no avail, I have decided to invite you to my very own cozy little studio here on the Central Coast of California. In October I will start offering 2-day mini-workshops for intimate groups of five students. My studio has been featured in Studios and Creative Jewelry magazines and is an inspirational place to play. Now you will have the opportunity to experience it yourself in my "Open Studio" workshops.

The first of these workshops will be "Soldered Elements". Click on the flyer above for details. This workshop will be offered on two different weekends (Oct. 17 & 18 OR Oct. 31 & Nov. 1) and cover soldering techniques with both an iron and butane torch. On the first day, students will design jewelry components using sheet metal and soldering techniques. Metal items will be imbedded in molten solder as seen in the choker below with the birdies on a branch and then accented with a wonderful textured edge created with a soldering iron.

Found objects can be edged with solder as seen on the MOP button below and connecting pieces made. Shapes and designs are limitless using both the butane torch and soldering iron. Pieces look as though they have been cast or are fine silver clay.

The heart on the MOP above is PMC, however, a heart can be created using these soldering methods that would look similar but be much less expensive.

Those of you who know me, know that I love texture and after applying a patina to these soldered elements, they almost take on a Renaissance feel to me.

On day two, students will combine their soldered elements into a composition of their choosing. The advantage of these mini-workshops taking place in my studio is that I will have all of my tools and supplies at my fingertips and can share additional techniques such as basic wire wrapping, bead stringing, basic metal smithing, use of patinas, etc. as needed by each student to complete their pieces. My studio will be your studio for those two days and most of my tools available to you to use.
If you should have a group of five friends who would like to take this workshop together, please contact me and I am open to scheduling a date that will suit your needs.
If you are interested in joining me for this 2-day workshop, please either email me at: or call me at: 805-544-3664. My studio is located in San Luis Obispo, California.

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