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MSG Workshop:FERROUS MUSINGS/FUSINGS I- MSG Visiting Artist Workshop with Chris Nelson

September 3, 2014 by Christine Bossler

Click here for additional informationFERROUS MUSINGS/FUSINGS I is a fast-moving 3-day workshop in iron and gold where we will explore the techniques and materials required to create distinctive ferrous jewelry incorporating one gold alloy fused to iron. Chris Nelson is an internationally recognized studio metal artist who has explored the use of iron and gold in great depth and will now be sharing all that he has learned in working these seemingly antagonistic metals. Chris Nelson is an internationally recognized studio metal artist who has explored the use of iron and gold in great depth and will now be sharing all that he has learned in working these seemingly antagonistic metals. Click the link for more information and the registration form or copy and paste the following address to go and see more of Chris Nelsons work! urban-armour.com


MSG Annual Meeting Lecture: An Extended Rationale for the Ridiculous by Andrew Kuebeck September 28th at 3:30

July 30, 2014 by Christine Bossler

SpeciMen by Andrew KuebeckMSGs Annual Meeting, Tool Swap and Lecture will feature Andrew Kuebeck as this years Lecture. Andrew will present a lecture on his work titled An Extended Rationale for the Ridiculous. About Andrew Kuebeck: Andrew Kuebeck received his BFA from Bowling Green State University in 2008 and his MFA in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing from Indiana University in 2011. He is an Instructor of Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Andrew works in a variety of formats ranging from functional jewelry to sculptural objects and vessels, and has lectured and has taught workshops nationally on the incorporation of photographic images into jewelry pieces and vessels. He has exhibited regionally & nationally and has had his work appear in numerous publications including 500 Enameled Objects, 21st Century Jewelry, Wrap, Stitch, Fold, and Rivet, and Metalsmith and Niche magazines. He was a 2012 SNAG Emerging Artist and is represented by Charon Kransen Arts, New York. For additional information about Andrew and to see more of his work click the image to the write of follow the link below.


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.


MSG Annual Meeting Lecture: Andrew Kuebeck, Sunday, September 28th at 3:30

  • When: September 28, 2014
  • Where: Eastern Michigan University, Briggs Hall
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Events will get under way at 12:30 with the tool swap, shopping for goods with our local suppliers and the opportunity to update your memberships. Our meeting will begin at 1:30 and will run approximately an hour with the inclusion of a recap of the years events a vote for new and returning board members. After the meeting there will be time for more shopping catching up with friends and peers and lunch before our lecture with titled An Extended Rationale for the Ridiculous by our member and friend Andrew Kuebeck at 3:30. Please see the news event for additional information about our Lecture.


MSG: FERROUS MUSINGS/FUSINGS I- MSG Visiting Artist Workshop with Chris Nelson

  • When: November 14, 2014
  • Where: Grand Valley State University
  • Contact: Julie Sanford, 616-638-0518
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FERROUS MUSINGS/FUSINGS I is a fast-moving 3-day workshop in iron and gold where we will explore the techniques and materials required to create distinctive ferrous jewelry incorporating one gold alloy fused to iron. rnrnChris Nelson is an internationally recognized studio metal artist who has explored the use of iron and gold in great depth and will now be sharing all that he has learned in working these seemingly antagonistic metals.


Powder Coating


Add some color to your metalwork with powder coating. This class will introduce students to powder coating, and electrostatic method of adhering pigment to metal surfaces. Powder coating provides a smooth even finish that is more durable than paint. This workshop will introduce students to the basics of powder coating and will cover the materials and tools required to perform the process. Students will have the opportunity to make samples to power coat, but the emphasis of the workshop will be on powder coating itself. Limit 6 students. Saturday, August 30th -#45; Sunday, August 31st. 10am - 4pm. 2 days, 5 hours with an hour break for lunch each day.


Beginning Silversmithing


This class will introduce students to basic silversmithing and hollow forming techniques including forging, hollow form construction, die forming and soldering. Students will complete samples while working towards the completion of a box or similar hollow form. Limit 6 students. Classes meet 3 hours once a week. Mondays, 6-9pm. September 8th-October 13th.


Beginning Jewelry


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. Tuesdays, 6-9pm. September 9th-October 14th.


New Class! Riveted Belt Buckle with Kyle Dill


Belt Buckles perform dual duty- they're functional and decorative. Join Kyle and learn to fabricate your own buckle findings, then feed your creative side by embellishing your buckle through the use of rivets. Rivets open up vast design possibilities by allowing you to join contrasting metals, stones and other heat sensitive materials together without the use of heat or solder. Your future work and creativity will benefit greatly. One session, 3 hours. Wednesday September 10, 6- 9 p.m.


Freeform Casting with Mary Kernahan


If you want to create interesting organic shapes or just want to find an outlet for using up all of that scrap metal, then you should definitely consider this class. This direct casting method is a low- tech approach using a variety of readily available materials to produce highly dimensional forms. Casting for this session will be done with pewter. One session, 3 hours. Saturday Sept 13 10- 1:30


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 fundamental tools, supplies and 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 universe of fresh design possibilities. One session 3 hours. Wednesday September 17, 6- 9 p.m.


New Class! Fibula and Brooch Findings with Kyle Dill


The forerunner to the modern safety pin, the fibula has been in use since ancient times, as both a clasp mechanism for clothing and as personal adornment. Today's fibulae are brooches in which the actual pin mechanism is an integral part of the design. Whether forged or fabricated, they offer a wide range of artistic possibilities, making for endless design options. One session 3 hours. Tuesday September 23, 6- 9 p.m.


Saltwater Etching with Mary Kernahan


Chemical etching is a great way to introduce texture, contrast and interest to your metal work, but can be messy and toxic. If you are looking for a safer, greener, and ultimately more economical solution to your etching needs, saltwater etching may be just what you are seeking. Using a variety of resist techniques and energy sources, students will learn the process of saltwater etching, and will leave with the knowledge to set up their own etching equipment at home using easily obtainable and inexpensive equipment. One session, 3 hours. Wednesday, Sept 24, 6- 9 pm.


Gypsy Set Ring with Lesley DiPiazza


Gypsy and other related flush settings, involve carving a seat into thick metal and hammering the newly created rim down to secure the stone, embedding the stone in the surface and providing a very clean and secure setting. Success of this centuries old setting technique is dependent on metal considerations, stone characteristics, bur selection, and design elements, all of which will be covered in this class. BASIC TORCH SOLDERING SKILLS REQUIRED. Class size is limited to 4 students, so sign up early. One session 4 hours. Saturday Sept 27, 1- 5 p.m.


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. One session, 3 hours. Saturday,October 4 1- 4 PM


Couples Wedding Band Workshop


In this two day workshop couples will learn how to make their 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. Limit 4 couples. Saturday, October 11th -#45; Sunday, October 12th. 10am - 4pm. 2 days, 5 hours with an hour break for lunch each day.


Roll Printing with Lesley DiPiazza


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. One session, 3 hours. Saturday Oct 11, 1- 4 p.m.


Beginning Blacksmithing


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. Monday evenings, 6pm-9pm, October 20th-November 24th.


Basic Soldering with Lesley DiPiazza


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 & practice of butane & acetylene torch soldering. Students will get valuable hands- on experience in class & leave with the knowledge & confidence to solder at home. This class fills quickly, so sign up early! One session, 3 hours. Saturday,Oct 25 1- 4 p.m.


Anticlastic Forming with Kyle Dill


Known for its structural strength and graceful beauty, anticlastic forming simultaneously stretches metal into opposing curves that are in right angles to each other (think a saddle shape). Using a sinusoidal stake and a cross pein hammer, Kyle will guide you through the anticlastic process, and when you're done you will be ready to integrate your new skills to your small and large- scale work. One session, 3 hours. Picture shown is for example only and not to reflect what will be made in class. Wednesday, October 29 6-9 p.m.