Soldering 101

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 3, from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Fees: $100 » this includes all materials and use of instructors tools Kits are not required but requested

Many people ask me how I soldered so many places together in one piece. Well soldering has a science, in this class I will explain the things you need to think about while soldering, then we will have lots of time to practice these skills.
Working in a fine jewelry store and working for art jewelers, all while running my own jewelry business has taught me a thing or two about soldering, and learning from some of the best jewelers, you get into good habits. In this class I will show you the tips and tricks I use to successfully and painlessly solder. You will learn about silver soldering mixed metals, prongs, thin items to thick items, silver and brass soldering, and much more
Skill Level: Some metal experience is advised, however I have had complete novices successfully complete this class(they may not complete the second ring).

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