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Wired Silver Ring

  • B180882
  • Instructor: Donna Lewis
  • Class Type: Metal
  • Date: Sat. & Sun. June 9 & 10
  • Time: 5:00pm-9:00pm; 9:00am-noon (7 hours)
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Maximum Class Size: 12
  • Class Fee : $288.00
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Artists will spend two half-days in class building a textured ring shank and cap using PMC and fine-silver wire to be fired into the piece. You will begin to twist and bend the wire to create the swirls in your ring that mimics the swirling motion you feel when you are at the Bead&Button Show learning all kinds of new and different things. The wire will be secured and the patina will be added to bring out all the textures you have built into your piece. This class is in two parts to allow for long drying and firing times since these must be bullet proof!
Students will Learn:
Learn how to measure PMC for shrinkage, embed wire, and plan for the shrinkage around that; how to work your wire into shape, stabilize it for wear, and use patina to bring out the texture. Learn a little different way to play with PMC.
A little experience with PMC or any silver clay is helpful to succeed without frustration. Good hand/eye coordination is required.
Project completion:
Project will be completed in class
Minimum Age Requirement:
At least 16 years old.
Supplies to Bring:
Anvil, anvil pillow, bench block, bench pin and vice, bowl (small), diagonal wire cutters, files (fine and small), magnifiers, metal clay roller, metal clay tools, needle tool, Optivisors, paintbrush (fine), permanent marker (pointed), rawhide hammer, small hammer, task lamp, tweezers, vice, a stepped ring mandrel on a stand. Please email instructor with questions. If you have a small bench clamp vice that would work in place of the bench pin and vice (you must be able to clamp your vice and bench pin so you can work on your piece without difficulty). Many bench pins have an anvil plate on them, but no vice. You need thickness slats for measuring (the strips).
Bentnose, chainnose without grooves (small and long).
Materials in Kit:
PMC, fine-silver wire, work surface, Lil Bella humidifier, Teflon sheet, mold-making material, firing services, consumables, additional materials for class enhancement.
One seat per person per class.
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