In this packed two-day workshop, explore creating diverse and interesting textures on metal using various mechanical and chemical processes. Using brass, copper and silver, students will etch and emboss a myriad of textures like sandpaper, wire screen to emulate fabric or a skeletinzed leaf, and use a specialized jewelry rolling mill to create cutouts.
We'll address the properties of non-ferrous metals, and how they can be modified for a variety of applications. We'll explore a process called photocopy transfer etch, a chemical etching with only saltwater that gives rich and detailed images; we'll modify off-the-shelf hammers by filing and marking to emboss and mark metal patterns; we'll use a flex shaft to polish with various abrasives; and we'll use riveting and cold connections of samples to various flat objects such as wood panels or books.
Students will create a personal library of metal samples with textures, etching and embossing to be used later and applied to their own work. Students will learn how to properly use a high end rolling mill, a flex shaft, how to rivet and solder small "washers" as attachments. Students will be learn to operate a jump shear and cut metal on their own.
A $45 material fee, payable to the instructor on the first day of class, will cover solder, copper, and brass. Students should purchase two small inexpensive ball peen hammers, available from any hardware store, and bring them to class.
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.
This two-day workshop will run on Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29, from 11AM to 6PM, with a break for lunch in the middle.
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.