Bead Fest Santa Fe 2017
 

Workshops by Nancy Lee

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03/23/20175:30 pm - 8:30 pm Thursday, March 23, 2017
872, Landscape Copper Cuff - $100
 
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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Basics, Coloring Metal, Design, Finishing, Metalwork, Patina, Texturing, Tool Instruction

Fundamentals, skills, and techniques covered:
• Using hammers to texture metal
  • Applying patinas in layers to create color and design
  • Forming a copper cuff
  • Finishing techniques
  • Methods for preserving patina finishes

Students will make a copper cuff bracelet with a subtle hammer texture, and then will apply layers of patina to resemble a landscape. Starting with a flat, pre-cut bracelet blank, students will sand edges, use various hammers to create textural interest, bend and form the cuff, then dip the bracelet in a patina several times to create a painterly, layered landscape effect. Various ways to protect the finish on the completed bracelet will be discussed and may be applied in class. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Although no experience is needed, students should be open to using a hammer to texture metal, and to the noise a hammer will make. Students will be using chemicals with strong odors to create color on metal.

Materials you are required to bring: Close-toed shoes, earplugs if desired.

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872, Landscape Copper Cuff - $100 [More Info]
Nancy Lee
03/24/20178:30 am - 11:30 am Friday, March 24, 2017
903, Hot Leaf Patina Pendant - $95
  
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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Annealing, Basics, Coloring Metal, Design, Drilling, Finishing, Fold Forming, Forging, Metalsmithing, Metalwork, Patina, Torchwork

Fundamentals, skills, and techniques covered:
• Fold forming
  • Annealing with a torch
  • Applying a patina using heat

Students will make a simple fold-formed copper leaf pendant and apply a heat patina. First students will anneal copper with a torch to soften it, make a simple fold in the metal using a rawhide mallet, cut the metal into a leaf shape using shears, smooth edges using files and sandpaper, drill a hole for hanging, and then apply heat to create beautiful, surprising colors on the copper pendant. Intermediate to advanced students may have time to make two pendants! You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: No advanced skills are needed in this workshop, however, students must be comfortable with the noise of hammers and drilling on metal and be willing to use a torch for a brief amount of time.

Materials you are required to bring: Students must wear closed-toed shoes and should bring hearing protection if needed.

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903, Hot Leaf Patina Pendant - $95 [More Info]
Nancy Lee
03/24/20171:00 pm - 4:00 pm Friday, March 24, 2017
904, Funky Pierced Leaf Pendant - $100
 
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Level: Intermediate Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Annealing, Basics, Coloring Metal, Design, Drilling, Finishing, Flex Shaft, Fold Forming, Forging, Metalsmithing, Metalwork, Patina, Torchwork

Fundamentals, skills, and techniques covered:
• Detailed sawing using jeweler's saw
  • Patina application
  • Annealing with a torch

Saw out a copper pendant in a funky stylized leaf shape, and then apply a low-tech heat patina. Students can come up with their own shape or use instructor's pattern. First, copper will be annealed to soften it, the creased in half to fold. The pattern will be pasted to the copper and cut out using a jeweler's saw; decorative holes will be drilled including a hole to accommodate student's own cord or chain (not provided). Once the pendant is made, a heat patina will be applied. Other patina possibilities will be discussed. Students who are more advanced with the jeweler's saw may have time to work on a second pendant. Enough copper will be included in the Material Kit to make two pendants.You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Students must be able to use a jeweler's saw and be open to using a torch to anneal metal as well as be prepared for the sound of hammering.

Materials you are required to bring: Students must bring a jeweler's saw, bench pin with clamp, extra sawblades if desired or needed, wear closed-toed shoes, and bring hearing protection if needed.

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904, Funky Pierced Leaf Pendant - $100 [More Info]
Nancy Lee
03/24/20175:30 pm - 8:30 pm Friday, March 24, 2017
906, Twigs and Pebbles Earrings - $100
  
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Level: Beginner Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Assembly, Basics, Design, Drilling, Finishing, Forging, Hot Connection, Metalsmithing, Metalwork, Silversmithing, Soldering, Texturing, Torchwork

Fundamentals, skills, and techniques covered:
• Hammer texturing
  • Soldering
  • Finishing

Students will complete a pair of sterling silver dangle earrings in class. Beginning with round silver wire, students will hammer the metal, allowing the wire to move organically. Students with some soldering experience will solder three pebble-like elements from balled-up silver and then add jump rings and provided ear wires to finish the earrings. Students with no soldering experience, or those not able to solder, can omit the pebble shapes and the jump rings, and instead drill a hole in the top of the earrings to accept the provided ear wires. Both beginner and intermediate students can leave with a finished pair of earrings. You WILL complete this project in class.

Prerequisites/Skills Needed: Students must wear close-toed shoes and secure long hair. Students with some soldering experience will be able to complete the pictured earring project, however, the design may be altered slightly for those students with no soldering experience or those who do not wish to solder. Students should be comfortable with loud hammering noise; or bring hearing protection.

Materials you are required to bring: Please bring a flux brush (small paintbrush) your favorite hammer and a steel bench block, any size, if you are able. Bring magnification glasses or eyewear and hearing protection as needed. Students wear close-toes shoes and tie back long hair.

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906, Twigs and Pebbles Earrings - $100 [More Info]
Nancy Lee