Learn all the metalsmithing and jewelry techniques needed to make this beautiful adjustable hinged bracelet from one of the most talented and innovative jewelry artists and craftsmen. Expand your skills in this one-day workshop or take both days (recommended).
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Metalsmithing Adjustable Hinged Bracelet – Richard Salley 6/5
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm EDT$190 – $225
Anyone age 18 or older with an interest in making “wearable art” and who has basic soldering and metal sawing skills.
If you are intrigued with clasps, hinges, and mechanisms, you’re sure to enjoy fabricating this handsome bracelet. Bring your soldering and sawing A-game to this class and pick up a few new techniques to add to your jewelry making skills. This is the perfect opportunity to showcase that special stone or enameled art you’ve been saving for just the right piece.
This workshop consists of one complex project that will cover many different materials and techniques.
We will teach you:
- How to create clasps and hinges
- How to use these approaches to create other mechanisms for your art
- What primitive techniques to use that break the rules but will give exciting results
- The tools you should use for each part of the project, and how to use them the most effectively
- How to add your own personal touches to make this piece of art uniquely yours
During this one-day workshop you will receive instruction, handouts, demonstrations, hands-on practice, some individual guidance as needed, and time for most students to complete the bracelet project.
There will be a $50 material fee payable at sign up or to Richard Salley the day of class
Costs include all materials and supplies, except the stone or art piece you want to display in the bracelet. In addition, you will get:
- Use of the extensive Foundation equipment and tools needed to complete your project
- On-site access to one of the few retail stores in the US offering enamel and enamel supplies
- Exposure and inspiration during our breaks from hundreds of beautiful ancient and modern enameled art pieces in our world-class museum, the largest diverse collection of art enamels in the world
Metalsmithing is the practice–and art–of forming and fabricating metal into jewelry. It can use precious metals like gold, silver, and platinum, but also copper, aluminum, steel, tin, titanium, and brass. Commercial jewelry is often crafted in gold, silver, and platinum, but artisan jewelers and other makers of “wearable art” typically work more with silver and copper, perhaps occasionally gold, and sometimes a little brass and bronze. It can also incorporate other forms of art, such as enameled pieces.
But traditional metal jewelry making approaches tend to follow certain rules. When making what Richard calls “wearable art,” some of these rules are routinely violated, and the art form expands into a broader range. Learning what techniques and tools to use, which rules to violate, and when allows you to create jewelry and other “wearable art” pieces that are truly unique and creative, but intriguing and beautiful.
Richard Salley, Metal Sculptor
The workshop will be held at the Carpenter Art Enamel Foundation headquarters at 645 Colfax Avenue in Bellevue, KY, right across the river from Cincinnati. We are about ten minutes from downtown Cincinnati, but in an area of northern Kentucky that has less traffic and is a bit easier to navigate than the big city. Although our headquarters is housed in one of the largest facilities in the world dedicated to art enameling, we enjoy being a part of the small river community of Bellevue on the “south bank” of the Ohio river. In fact, the mayor is on our Board of Directors.
We are tucked away in a small, quiet industrial park off Berry Avenue. You will find plenty of parking alongside our building and in a large gravel lot in front of the industrial building next door. For a map and more information, <click here>.
Richard will provide some specific design options for you to follow in making the bracelet. However, you may want to search online or in magazines or to take photos for design inspiration to add personal touches to this piece. In addition, bring a stone, art enamel piece, or other design element you want to display in a bracelet.
Please do not wear sandals, open-toed shoes, scarves or other clothing with tassels or loose ends that could get caught in tools or equipment.
Young and old of various economic means attend our workshops. All are welcome! If you want to save money, we can help. Of course, you will want to start by becoming a Premium Member and saving 15% off the cost of the workshop <click here to join>.
Travel will be the biggest part of your cost unless you live close by. Cincinnati is one of the lowest-cost metropolitan areas to visit, but we can help you get the cost even lower! See this resource page for money-saving travel information that could help you save the entire cost of the workshop, maybe even more: <click here>. If you don’t have a car when you are in town, we might even be able to give you a ride from a nearby hotel.
In addition, you may want to stay a few days extra days to enjoy some of world-class attractions that the Cincinnati area offers (in addition to our workshops!). We have listed some of our favorite places here: <click here>.