Mended Heart

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Instructor: Robert Lopez
Robert is a self-taught metalsmith. He tries to design his pieces to stand out from everything else out there. He feels he was drawn to fabricating jewelry due to its difficult and physical nature; forcing the metals and stones to transform into what he envisions them to become. He began slowly teaching himself to smith; accumulating his collection of tools and knowledge of the art anywhere he could but feels the greatest aspect of his learning came from within, as he endlessly experimented with the materials at hand. His raw and organic designs are fabricated with skill yet are free to grow without constraints or preconceived notions. His pieces are completely one-of-a-kind and made with his own hands, from sometimes rolling his own sheet silver from ingots he pours himself to grinding and polishing all of his own stones. Most of his pieces are designed with lots of texture and layering; giving his pieces a very distinctive and distressed look.

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Workshop currently full to capacity.
Location: To Bead True Blue
Skill Levels: All. Beginner-Intermediate
Dates/Times: January 28, from 10:00am to 4:00pm
$135 » class fee
$25 » kit fee

Students will learn to create this unique mended heart from Argentium Sterling Silver. Using Argentium Silver’s unique ability to be fractured when heated to a high temperature, something usually to be cautious of when working with this tarnish resistant silver. Students will then learn how to put the pieces back together learning basic soldering, riveting and sewing techniques. We will also cover granulation, texturing, patinas and polishing. I will also cover Argentium Silver’s other wonderful properties and benefits. This beginner workshop will also cover basic metalsmithing techniques and tools.
All tools will be supplied for use during class, but students are encouraged to bring their own basic silversmithing tools if they prefer. This is a beginner workshop, but keep in mind this project does require manual dexterity, good hand-eye coordination and eye sight. We will be using torches so I must insist that hair be pulled back, no loose or highly flammable clothing and closed toe shoes are to be worn.

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