Metal Soldering for Jewelry & Sculpture
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 1:00 PM - Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 9:00 PM (EDT)
Somerville, United States
High temperature silver soldering, or brazing, is a clean and precise way to solder small metals. This class is the foundation of jewelry/small metals fabrication. Students will learn several types of soldering for attachment of bezels for stones, modified and organic prongs settings, T joints, soldering tubing, sweat soldering, pinbacks, earring backs and bales. We will address different types of soldering for small sculpture fabrication and learn about the different solders used for these techniques. We'll discuss the different gases and combinations for fuels used and emphasize proper preparation for achieving perfect solder seams with minimal cleanup.
Students will solder several sample pieces together which emphasize the different styles and types of joining metal. If time allows, students can work on an independent project such as a band ring or wire ring with a stone. If proficiency is achieved, then students will be given access to solder on their own.
A materials kit will be provided on the first day of class, purchaseable from the instructor for $45. Silver will be available in wire or sheet or extra solder for a separate fee.
Karen Christians is the Founder of Cleverwerx, an e-commerce website for metalsmiths, and designs quality jewelry tools to honor her trade. She also founded the non-profit jewelry school Metalwerx in Waltham, MA, in 1998. Karen is the author of the book “Making the Most of Your Flex-Shaft”, published by the MJSA Press. Karen writes articles in major trade magazines, lectures, teaches workshops and fabricates jewelry and sculpture. She holds a BFA with High Honors from the Massachusetts College of Art. She is a regular participant at Burning Man where she teaches resin inlay. Currently she is a member of Artisan’s Asylum in Somerville. Karen is a passionate teacher, photographer, writer, cook and traveler.
Session 1: Wednesday, May 9, 1PM - 3:30PM
Session 2: Wednesday, May 16, 1PM - 3:30PM
Session 3: Wednesday, May 23, 1PM - 3:30PM
Session 4: Wednesday, May 30, 1PM - 3:30PM
Session 1: Wednesday, May 9, 6:30PM - 9PM
Session 2: Wednesday, May 16, 6:30PM - 9PM
Session 3: Wednesday, May 23, 6:30PM - 9PM
Session 4: Wednesday, May 30, 6:30PM - 9PM
When & Where
Artisan's Asylum, Inc.
Artisan's Asylum is a community fabrication and makerspace near Union Square, Somerville MA, that is dedicated to making creativity a way of life. It does this by maintaining a community workshop, training its members in the use of all of its professional-grade equipment, and hosting events promoting the learning and practicing of craft and creative expression.