Color on Metal

A To Bead True Blue Workshop [select another show]

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Instructor: Helen Driggs
Helen Driggs is the former Jewelry Group Technical Editor for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist and an experienced metalsmith. Her popular column “Cool Tools & Hip Tips” and video library: Metalsmith Essentials: Basic Fabrication, Rivets & Cold Connections, Machine Finishing Jewelry, Textures & Patinas and One Hour Rings make her a popular and sought-after instructor on the show circuit. Her book, The Jewelry Maker’s Field Guide was published in 2013. Helen holds a BFA from Moore College of Art, and is very active on social media: Instagram: HDriggs_Fabricationista Twitter: fabricationista Blog:

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Location: To Bead True Blue
Skill Levels: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 9:00am to 1:00pm
$65 » Workshop
$35 » Kit. Kit Contents: Sheet Metal, Premade rivets, Beads, Head Pins, Earwires, use of instructors color pencils and pastels, fixative

Learn how to add a splash of vibrant color to your jewelry metal! We’ll use colored pencils and pastels to create rich layered color on copper or brass. We will create an easy pair of earrings in class – or students have the option to create a simple riveted pendant if they are experienced at fabrication techniques like sawing and riveting. In addition to the coloring technique, instructor will demo Riveting, Sawing and delve into Color Use and Design. Don’t worry if you can’t draw – we have premade patterns to color, too!
Please note: we will be using traditional art supplies and low-odor fixative to set the color on the metal – keep this in mind if you are uncomfortable with walking in and outside several times during the class to spray your work!

Class Duration:
4 Hours
Depending on speed and skill level, you will complete a pair of earrings (beginner) or one pendant or focal (intermediate to advanced) in class
Special Notes or requirements:
Students should bring the following tools: Dremel tool with appropriate collet and#54 Drill bit -- or a Hole Punch, Steel Block combo or separate, Jeweler’s sawframe and 3/0 blades or Disc Cutter, Metal Snips, Awl or sharp scribe, Round nose pliers, Chain Nose Pliers, Flat nose Pliers, Wire cutters, Sanding sticks, Sharpie, Prismacolor Pencils if you have them, Scrap paper

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