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CALL FOR ENTRY: MSG at the South U Ann Arbor Art Fair

March 24, 2015 by Art Fair MSG

Click here to download application.It's already that time of year again where we prepare for the annual summer event in Ann Arbor. We are very excited for this years program as we will be implementing more hands-on experience for the participants. Accepted artists will work as a group in the planning and assembly of the booth aesthetic and function this year. This is a great opportunity for first time participants as well as seasoned, so follow the link below to download the application and instructions. The link will also be available at www.misilversmith.org. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please direct them to msg.artfair@gmail.com.


Call For Entry: CAST, a book

April 13, 2015 by Emily Saling

Click here for more infoYou are invited to submit work for inclusion in the upcoming book CAST. CAST will feature gorgeous images from both contemporary and historic artists whose work is defined by their use of casting as a primary process. CAST will be a creative look-book intended to inspire more people to use casting in their work and to think more broadly about the process and its possibilities.


2015 Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition Opens for Entries with June 15 Artist Deadline

April 2, 2015 by Emily Saling

Click here for more infoThe Center for Metal Arts is now calling for entries to the fourth annual world-wide Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition, open to metal artists using foldforming techniques in jewelry, sculpture, functional objects, and unexpected applications.


CALL FOR RESIDENT ARTISTS

November 13, 2014 by Emily Saling

Follow this link for details.Media accepted: Wood, Glass, Metal, Fiber, Clay, and Mixed Media. Applicants must be able to fulfill a program requirement of working in their studios 24 hours per week and at least two weekends per month during HCCC public hours. (This changes to 20 hours per week from July 4th Labor Day, as HCCC is closed on Sundays for the summer.) Public hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 AM 5:00 PM, and Sunday, Noon 5:00 PM. Closed Sundays, July 4th Labor Day.Juried selection is based on quality of creative work, ability to interact with the public, career direction, and program diversity. Accepted artists will be notified via e-mail in April.


CALL FOR ENTRY: PREZIOSA Young Design Competition

July 2, 2014 by Emily Saling

Click here for details.The competition does not have a predetermined theme, and the selection will be made based on: Quality of design and manufacture of the pieces; Originality in the use and interpretation of the materials; Conceptual and technical innovation.


"WE ARE SNAG: Identity" Call for entries.

July 2, 2014 by Emily Saling

Click here for details.WE ARE SNAG: Identity seeks images of traditionally crafted, contemporary, and experimental new works from any current member of SNAG. This online juried exhibition intends to represent the incredibly diverse work and making practices of our membership and is open to jewelry work, metals work, metalsmithed objects, body ornamentation and the like.


CALL FOR ENTRY: Martha Stewart American Made

July 2, 2014 by Emily Saling

Click for details.American Made spotlights the maker, supports the local, and celebrates the handmade. The program is made up of people and communities that have turned their passion for quality craftsmanship and well-designed goods into a way of life. We believe we are in the midst of a shift in our culture where creative entrepreneurs are defining a new American economy. From Detroit to Des Moines, Spokane to St. Louis, people are choosing Main Street over mini-mallssupporting the local and the handmade. Our countrys makers are sparking this change by taking a leap, banking on their creativity and craftsmanship, and living their version of the American dream.


Researchers Discover Bacteria That Produces Pure Gold

October 5, 2012 by Christine Bossler

Click here to read the full article as writen by Jesus Diaz for GizmodoThe gold you see in the photo above was not found in a river or a mine. It was produced by a bacteria that, according to researchers at Michigan State University, can survive in extreme toxic environments and create 24 karat gold nuggets. Pure gold. Maybe this critter can save us all from the global economic crisis? Of course not, but at least it can make Kazem Kashefi, assistant professor of microbiology and molecular genetics, and Adam Brown,associate professor of electronic art and intermediaa bit rich, if only for the show they have put together.


Company plans to mine asteroids for riches

April 24, 2012 by Christine Bossler

Click here for full article as written by SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated PressSpace faring robots could be extracting gold and platinum from asteroids within 10 years if a new venture backed by two Silicon Valley titans and filmmaker James Cameron gets off the ground as planned. Outside experts are skeptical about the project because it would probably require untold millions or perhaps billions of dollars and huge advances in technology. But the same entrepreneurs pioneered the selling of space rides to tourists a notion that seemed fanciful not long ago, too.


Fabrication 2


Tuesdays beginning October 27, Afternoons 12:30-3:30 or Evenings 6-9 pm. Fab 1 is a prerequisite for taking Fab 2. Fabrication 2 will cover wire forming, work hardening, annealing, basic ring construction, soldering and bezel setting a stone. Students will create a variety of patterned wire, and make several pieces of jewelry including cuff and bangle bracelets, band or stack rings and a bezel set stone ring.


Introduction to Chainmaille – Byzantine Weave with Mary Kernahan


This class is a great way to delve into the world of chainmaille. Class will begin with a discussion of basic tools, cutting rings and metal considerations before moving on to the construction of the classic Byzantine weave. As the foundation of many additional chain patterns, the Byzantine Weave is a must in know for every chain maker. Variations of the weave will also be covered. This is a PROJECT class. One session, 3 hours. rn


Roll Printing with Lesley Di Piazza


Learn how to use the rolling mill to create a variety of unique textures on sheet metal! Students will be encouraged to experiment with a variety of materials and leave class with multiple sheets of textured metal. As a bonus, students will also learn how to properly and efficiently anneal sheet metal. This is a PROCESS class. One session, 3 hours.


Settings as Functional Devices with Kyle Dill


Expand your design possibilities in this class where students will construct a decorative stone set silver rivet than can be used to secure flexible material such as a purse strap, a fitting to a cuff, or the catch of a belt. Among the skills used in class are soldering, piercing, riveting, and bezel setting. This is a PROCESS class. Torch soldering skills are required. One session, 4 hours.


Workshop: Couples Wedding Band Workshop

  • When: March 21-22, 2015
  • Where: SmithShop, 1401 Vermont Street, Detroit, Michigan 48216
  • Contact: smithshopdetroit@gmail.com
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In this two day workshop couples will learn how to make thier own wedding rings using silver, gold, or platinum. All of the basics will be covered including measuring, sawing, forming, soldering, filing, sanding and polishing. We will also cover texturing. No metals experience is needed.


Basic Soldering with Lesley Di Piazza


Whether you are new to soldering or just looking to increase your skills, this class is for you. Lesley will guide you through the theory and practice of butane and acetylene torch soldering. Students will get valuable hands-on experience in class and leave with the knowledge and confidence to solder at home. This class fills quickly, so sign up early! This is a PROCESS class. One session, 3 hours.rn


Dodecahedron Pendant with Mary Kernahan


If you are ready to take your chainmaille skills into the realm of 3 dimensional forms, you will love this class. Using 18G jump rings & a simple chain maille technique, students will construct a lacy hollow sphere that makes excellent pendants or beads. This is a PROJECT class. One session, 2 hours.


Basic Metalsmithing with Kyle Dill


This is the perfect class if you are new to the jewelry and metalsmithing world, or just want to enhance your fundamental skill set. Among the basic techniques that will be covered are sawing, filing, drilling, sanding, and dapping. Tool use, care and maintenance will also be addressed. Students will gain valuable hands-on experience and practice, and will leave with a pendant of their own design. This is a PROCESS class. One session. 3 hours. rn


Full Persian Bracelet with Mary Kernahan


The full Persian (AKA Foxtail) is one of the fundamental weaves in chain maille. Couple that with its classic beauty and adaptability, it is an essential part of every chain maille artist's repertoire. Join Mary and learn the secrets of its simple construction. This is a PROJECT class. One session, 2 1/2 hours.


Silver Granulation with Lesley DiPiazza


Granulation is a decorative metalsmithing process of applying tiny beads, or granules, in decorative patterns on the surface of metal using eutectic bonding. Students will leave class with multiple finished projects of their own design. Beginning & advanced students are welcome. This is primarily a PROCESS class. One session, 3 hours.


Tension Set Cabochon Ring with Kyle Dill


Learn to create a ring with a cabochon that is pressure set just from tension in the ring. Through the process of forging and hammering, student will learn about work hardening metal until it develops springiness that we can exploit to capture a stone. Piercing skills are required. This is a PROJECT class. One session 3 hours.rn


Michigan silversmiths Guild Annual Holiday Party 2015


Greetings Michigan Silversmiths Guild! Come join us for MSG Annual Holiday 2015 Party Hosted by Hans Ruebel at the Toledo Museum of Art! Event Host Hans Ruebal, Owner of HR Metals, currently teaches adult and youth Jewelry and Sculpture classes at the Toledo of Art. Our holiday Party begins with a special guided Tour of TMA Decorative Arts Collection and ends with a talk and demo on mokume. Activities begin as follows: • At 10 am meet up at TMA Jewelry Studio (Woodruff Studio Building at TMA) parking is free to guild participants • At 12pm return to jewelry studio for a potluck semi catered lunch with beverages provided. • From 2pm-5pm festivities resume to TMA Sculpture Studio for Discussion on Hans Ruebel's Work and provide a demo on mokume gane! • After demo come join us also with Hans Ruebel for dinner or drinks at Manos Greek Restaurant 1701 Adams st Toledo Ohio. Also, view work by guild member Jennifer Marcson at the Artomatic 419! exhibition, One Lake Erie Center, 600 Jefferson Ave. Members and one guest welcome. A great opportunity to start your membership. RSVP 3/30/15. Send questions and RSVP to contact link.


Russian Filigree with Mary Kernahan


The intricate, lacy and elegant designs of filigree are steeped in centuries old metalsmithing techniques found in many cultures. While there are many approaches to filigree work, this class will explore the Russian method. You will begin with construction of a simple sterling silver frame, then will learn to fabricate the filigree wire that you will use to create patterns to fill your frame and enhance your design. Finally you will solder your filigree using an unconventional approach. TORCH SOLDERING SKILLS ARE REQUIRED. This is a PROCESS class. One session, 3 hours.


Freeform Bezels with Lesley DiPiazza


Expand your stone setting proficiency by learning to fabricate your own bezel cups. Students will learn to set irregular or free form cabochons as well as customize their bezels with a multitude of variations in the fabrication process. This is a PROCESS class. TORCH SOLDERING SKILLS REQUIRED. Maximum of 4 students. This is a PROCESS class. One session, 4 hours.


Beginning Jewelry Spring


In this beginning level course students will learn basic jewelry fabrication techniques including sawing, filing, sanding, soldering, riveting and finishing. Skills taught in this course can be applied to a variety of jewelry forms including rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and more. Students will complete several small projects and samples during the course while working towards one or more substantial works. Limit 8 students. Classes meet 3 hours once a week. Mondays, 6-9pm. April 20th- May 25th. $300, most materials included.rn


Workshop: Making Multiples


Jayne Redman has been exploring form and function with her jewelry for 18 years, developing ways of designing blanking dies and jigs that dramatically speed up the production process. She has also invented unique engineering and assembly processes for forming sheet and wire. In this workshop, Jayne will share what she has learned about making multiples using blanking dies and designing jigs for findings using Aquaplast, a thermal reactive plastic. Students will be amazed at how quickly they can go from original idea to duplicated shape with tools made in class.


Soldered Herringbone Cuff with Mary Kernahan


The elegant braided look of this bracelet is not the result of braiding, but instead of an ingenious wire soldering technique. Using 14G sterling wire and a few clever tricks you will learn the secrets of its construction, while creating a dynamic cuff that is perfect for any occasion. TORCH SOLDERING SKILLS REQUIRED. Class size limited to 4 students so sign up early. This is primarily a PROCESS class. One session, 3 hours.


Chasing and Repousse with Kyle Dill


The ancient techniques of chasing and repousse are two of the most versatile techniques in all of metalsmithing. Both involve the use of metal punches to manipulate metal to create form, detail and relief, culminating in endless possibilities for 3-dimensional surface embellishment. First Kyle will introduce you to the fundamentals of tools, supplies and the processes involved, then he will guide you as you gain practical experience in the techniques. You will come away with new and improved skills that will open up a whole realm of fresh design possibilities. This is a PROCESS class. One session, 3 hours.


Workshop: Inventive Findings


One of the special aspects of Jayne Redmans jewelry is the way she combines form and function in her designs, creating unusual findings and assembly processes. Jayne will demonstrate her original engineering ideas and teach you how to apply them to your own work. She will consult with each of you to help you create concepts that are unique to your jewelry. This workshop will focus on ways to make tools and jigs to form 3 dimensional shapes and unique findings including ear wires, linkage systems, and clasps. You will learn time saving ways of measuring, cutting, and connecting sheet and wire. You will be able to make exact duplicates of your forms and findings, enhancing your craftsmanship and adding appeal to your jewelry. Stretch your inventive tendencies in this three day forming class. Learn to blend the design facets of form and function to produce jewelry pieces that are truly original, truly your own. One of the unique aspects of Jayne Redmans jewelry is the way she combines these facets to produce unusual findings and develop specialized assembly processes. In this class, Jayne will demonstrate this skill, encouraging students to think in more inventive, creative ways, to expand their craftsmanship by developing tools and jigs to make findings that serve their individual design vision.


Traditional Prong Setting – Classic Round with Mary Kernahan


Do you love the drama of colored stones in your work? Have you had enough of bezel and tube setting? Would you love to add the sparkle of faceted stones to your pieces, but don't have a clue as to how to go about properly executing a prong setting? Mary is here to help. This class will introduce you to all aspects of traditional prong setting, from prong selection and stone considerations, to preparing the prong head and cutting a stone seat, to setting and finishing. The focus of this class is classic round prong settings, and you will gain valuable hands-on experience using pre-made sterling silver prongs and cubic zirconia. This is a PROCESS class. Sign up early, as class size is limited. rn


Gem Setting with Gerry Lewy


This specialized three day course will cover these five types of settings: Full Bezel, Gypsy, Flush, 4 & 6 Claw/Prong Engagement ring and Channel-Setting. Gerry will also provide an introduction to a complete range of setter's tools and one on one training in a class environment with bench time for students. With over 42 years experience as a stone setter, Gerald N. Lewy, president of Gemz Diamond Setting, is known throughout the diamond setting community as 'Gerry the Cyber-Setter'. Gerald has redeveloped himself into more than a master setter; his purpose is now to be a teacher of the art as well.


Conference: Impact: Looking Back, Forging Forward

  • When: May 20-23, 2015
  • Where: BOSTON PARK PLAZA HOTEL, BOSTON, MA
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Details Forthcoming.


Beginning Blacksmithing Summer


This class will introduce students to blacksmithing by focusing on various forging techniques including tapering, shouldering, fullering, twisting, drifting and more. We will also cover non-forging techniques such as riveting, cutting, grinding, drilling and finishing. Students will complete several small projects and samples during the course while working towards one or more substantial works. Limit 3 students. Class meets 3 hours a week on a weekday evening from 6-9pm. DATES TO BE DETERMINED. DO NOT SIGN UP UNLESS YOU HAVE A FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE. $485, most material included. rn


Beginning Blacksmithing Weekend Intensive


This two day weekend intensive will introduce students to blacksmithing by focusing on various forging techniques including tapering, shouldering, fullering, twisting, drifting and more. We will also cover non-forging techniques such as riveting, cutting, grinding, drilling and finishing. Students will complete one small project during the course while working towards one or more substantial work. The curriculum is the same as our beginning blacksmithing class, only compressed into one weekend. Limit 3 students. Saturday & Sunday June 20th & 21st, 9am-6pm with an hour break for lunch. $485, most material included.


Fabrication 1 Studio Intensive


Join us Summer 2015 for a two day Fab 1 Studio Intensive. Learn introductory metalsmithing and jewelry fabrication skills as you work your way through two sterling and copper projects. You will learn the basics of texturing metal, forming, making jump rings, assembly, sawing, piercing, drilling, filing, hand and mechanical finishing, rivets, clasps, bails and patina. Studio procedures and safety will be covered along with proper tool use and care. Fabrication 1 is a prerequisite to fabrication 2. Tuesday and Wednesday, June 23 & 24, 9-4 each day.


Fabrication 2 Studio Intensive


Join us Summer 2015 for a two day Fab 2 Studio Intensive. Fabrication 2 will cover wire forming, work hardening, annealing, basic ring construction, soldering and bezel setting a stone. Students will create a variety of patterned wire, and make several pieces of jewelry including cuff and bangle bracelets, band or stack rings and a bezel set stone ring. Fab 1 is a prerequisite for taking Fab 2.


Workshop: Intersecting

  • When: August 5-6, 2015
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Learn to create intricate three-dimensional jewelry from a single piece of metal!rnrnWatch as an award-winning goldsmith demonstrates how to use a saw to transform a sheet of metal into an intricate pendant design with a prong setting for a cabochon with a pierced and carved bail. rnrnNo soldering is necessary to execute this complex piece of jewelry. The techniques used in this clever project enable students to work with precision and control, as they build skills in layout, measuring, sawing, piercing, filing, fitting, assembly, and stone setting.rnrnIn this two day workshop students learn how to adapt these imaginative intersecting sheet structures, held together by tension, to a wide variety of jewelry applications. rnrnThis is an introductory to intermediate level class. Participants who have not had a previous workshop experience with Michael will receive instruction in basic use of jewelers saw and files. Returning students will build on their previous skills and develop further fluency with tool and technique. rn


Workshop: Intersecting Sheet Settings


Learn to create intricate three dimensional jewelry from a single piece of metal! Watch as an award winning goldsmith demonstrates how to use a saw to transform a sheet of metal into an intricate pendant design with a prong setting for a cabochon with a pierced and carved bail. No soldering is necessary to execute this complex piece of jewelry. The techniques used in this clever project enable students to work with precision and control, as they build skills in layout, measuring, sawing, piercing, filing, fitting, assembly, and stone setting. In this two day workshop students learn how to adapt these imaginative intersecting sheet structures, held together by tension, to a wide variety of jewelry applications. This is an introductory to intermediate level class. Participants who have not had a previous workshop experience with Michael will receive instruction in basic use of jewelers saw and files. Returning students will build on their previous skills and develop further fluency with tool and technique. rn


Intersecting Sheet Settings with Michael David Sturlin


Watch as an award-winning goldsmith demonstrates how to use a saw to transform a sheet of metal into an intricate pendant design with a prong setting for a cabochon with a pierced and carved bail. No soldering is necessary to execute this complex piece of jewelry. The techniques used in this clever project enable students to work with precision and control, as they build skills in layout, measuring, sawing, piercing, filing, fitting, assembly, and stone setting. In this two day workshop students learn how to adapt these imaginative intersecting sheet structures, held together by tension, to a wide variety of jewelry applications. This is an introductory to intermediate level class. Participants who have not had a previous workshop experience with Michael will receive instruction in basic use of jewelers saw and files. Returning students will build on their previous skills and develop further fluency with tool and technique. rn


Workshop: Beyond the Bezel


This unique experience is all about extracting the most value from of the least amount of material.rnrnBezels can be far more than just a ring of metal enclosing a stone. This three day intensive applied technique workshop elevates the bezel into a self supporting design element. rnrnIn skilled hands, the simplest of tools enable the greatest degree of artistic expression and creative freedom. With dividers, saw, and files, a bezel can become a skillfully decorated setting. Learn to transform a common thick walled bezel into the elaborately carved and pierced centerpiece of a jewel. Create alternative setting designs by articulating bezels into prongs, tabs, channels, serrated and scalloped patterns. rnrnDemonstration and instruction by an award winning professional goldsmith is followed by each participants hands on exploration and adaptation of process and technique. The course curriculum covers forming, shaping, and soldering heavy stock into bezels; precision layout and execution of patterns and repetitive design elements; and setting stones with pushers, burnishers, hammer and punch. rn


Fabrication 1


Tuesdays beginning September 29, Afternoons 12:30-3:30 or Evenings 6-9 pm. Learn introductory metalsmithing and jewelry fabrication skills as you work your way through two sterling and copper projects. You will learn the basics of texturing metal, forming, making jump rings, assembly, sawing, piercing, drilling, filing, hand and mechanical finishing, rivets, clasps, bails and patina. Studio procedures and safety will be covered along with proper tool use and care. Fabrication 1 is a prerequisite to fabrication 2.