Metal techniques part II

A The Tucson Bead Show Workshop [select another show]

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Instructor: Pattie Parkhurst
Just as a diamond has many facets, my metal work in nature-inspired sculpture and jewelry has many dimensions. I was introduced to art and nature at a young age and these two passions continue to inspire my organic and earthy designs. After college I served on the board of The Colorado Metalsmithing Association (COMA) where I learned the anticlastic raising metal technique. This process involves hammering different metal, over and over on an antler like form. By immersing myself in this ancient technique, I combine my love for nature and metalsmithing into cohesive nature inspired metal forms. The anticlastic raising techniques fundamentals are based on hyperbolic parabolas and double helix which are abundant in nature, from flowers to smoke to DNA. The possibilities found in an open field of flowers, or a shadowy path, influence my own styles of jewelry and sculptures. My work has taken me beyond the basics to incorporate new techniques in my work. Weather casting, stone setting or lapidary, all are design aspects that can enhance metalsmithing and bring my imagination to life. In every art show, to custom work in exhibits, I communicate love of nature through metal. I continue to learn and be inspired through lots of teaching, my travels, lectures, and residencies.

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Location: The Tucson Bead Show
Skill Levels: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Fees: $120 » (Tucson special, normally $200) this includes all materials and use of instructors tools. If you want your own tools I have a kit you can purchase but is not necessary $75 it includes: saw and blades, file, wax, Liver of sulfur, sand paper, drill bits.

Each student will create a pendant of their own design incorporating all of the skills and applications covered in this intensive 8 hours of instruction. In this class you will expand on your basic metalsmithing techniques by learning all the tricks and tips on how to solder, bezel set stones, ball metal, add bails and make your own findings. I have learned how to solder easily and painlessly and excited to share my knowledge with you. In addition to soldering, learn how to use bezel wire to set cabochon stones, funky ways to add a bail to your piece and customize your piece with a hand made finding. Lastly if you wish to darken your piece with a metal patina it can add a nice finish. Note: I teach this class in copper so if you want to purchase silver to make this in please let me know ahead of time. I have taught this class numerous times including a teach the teachers class for art teachers needing certification

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