Friday, August 17, 2012

NEW Class: Sawing & Piercing

Get to know your jeweler's saw in this fun new class!
We'll start by talking about design and how to come up with something that would work well as a cuff (pictured) or as a pendant or a matching pair of earrings. Then we'll draw it out and use a photocopier to enlarge or reduce the image as needed to make a beautiful jewelry piece. From there, we'll transfer the image to copper sheet and use a jeweler's saw with the proper size blade to saw out the piece.
Piercing out the negative shapes is next, followed by lots of filing and polishing with files, sandpapers, steel wool, and polishing pads.
Annealing the metal to soften it, pickling, and then texturing the piece with a variety of tools and hammers will follow. Finally, we'll shape our pierced pieces as needed to make finished jewelry and use liver of sulfur to artificially age them (optional). A final polish finishes the project, ready to wear and remind you of everything you learned in this fun workshop.
I have three openings in my upcoming Wild Wire Women retreat, beginning Thursday, August 23. If you're interested in seeing the classes offered, click here. If you'd like to have more information, email me and I'll be happy to answer your questions.
Happy wrapping (and sawing & piercing!),
Sharilyn