Creative Stone Setting I

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.

Currently not available.
Location: The Tucson Bead Show
Skill Levels: All
Dates/Times: January 31, from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Fees: $100

Do you have that beautiful Druzy or rough piece of turquoise that you just don’t know how to set? In this class you will learn how to incorporate those ever so popular rough and odd shaped stones into your jewelry. I will teach my tips and tricks to accomplish successful prong and bezel settings with the emphasis on irregular shaped stones. I will share the most common settings I prefer for pendants, bracelets, earrings and rings. Students will choose from a selection of found objects, crystals, and raw stones for your practice. You will create a variety of set pieces using the objects you select. Students will complete at least one setting that can be easily adapted into a necklace or a pendant. Optional Kit- $20 includes drill bits burs and copper metal.

Special Notes or requirements: Students can bring their own metal if they prefer to use silver. Students may also bring fun stones to set. Supply list will be emailed.

If you have your own jewelry tools, and do not wish to share, please bring them

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