Metalsmithing 1-2-3

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Instructor: Gwen Youngblood
Gwen is an Inventor, Instructor and Maker of Pretty Things. Gwen explored a variety of creative outlets, from cake decorating to quilting to lampworking, until she discovered making jewelry with Wire, Metal and Fire. They inspire her creativity and fuel her passion for teaching. Gwen is the inventor of the Riveting Essentials tools – a set of tools that makes riveting easy and nearly foolproof. As Gwen said recently: “These are the tools for riveting that I have been trying to find for years. In my own work, they let me handle riveting tasks that I always thought were too difficult. In the classroom, these tools have changed riveting for my students. The beginner student will be amazed at their instant riveting success. I love that “A-HA!” moment, when a student realizes how simple riveting can be with these tools!” As an instructor, Gwen loves the interaction and camaraderie of the classroom. Her mission is to make metal working techniques accessible to everyone, so that students learn more than they expected, and have fun doing it. Students can expect Gwen to share her knowledge and creativity freely, with a dash of humor and lots of caring patience. Gwen also believes it is important for students to experiment with new techniques without a costly investment in new tools. For that reason, Gwen provides all necessary tools for students to use in class. Gwen is privileged to share her talents with students at The Makery in Bulverde, TX, and studios across Texas. Also look for her classes at Bead Fest Santa Fe, Bead Fest Philadelphia and Bead & Button (Milwaukee, WI). Please visit her website,, for current class information.

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Location: The Tucson Bead Show
Skill Levels: All
Dates/Times: February 3, from 9:00am to 5:30pm
Fees: $210 » (includes all supplies needed to complete the project and use of instructor’s tools during class)

Learn the basics of metalsmithing in this day-long class of cutting, texturing, soldering and cold-connecting metal. Create a multi-layer pendant featuring a soldered bezel. Cut, form and solder the bezel portion of the piece. Add some texture and cold connect it to the base. Choose from multiple techniques for adding the bail. Give it a swim in Liver of Sulfur, set the cabochon and wear your pendant home. Techniques learned in this class offer endless possibilities for future projects. This class uses a butane torch.
Skills/Techniques Learned: Students will learn a variety of Metalsmithing skills: Learn to form and solder a bezel, set a cabochon, cold connections, cut sheet metal, texturing and stamping techniques

Instructor provides all tools, supplies and consumables for use in class.

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