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How to Photograph Your Metalwork and Jewelry With Eric Law

February 6, 2015 by Jason Burton

Follow this link for questions and registrationWant better images of your metalwork and jewelry for show entries or online? Join pro photographer Eric Law on February 28-March 1 for a workshop hosted by the Michigan Silversmiths Guild. This comprehensive two-day workshop teaches you how to photograph your metalwork and jewelry with either a traditional digital camera or the camera in a mobile device and to prepare the images for a variety of uses. The sessions cover both basic and advanced concepts, camera settings, and how to light and photograph a variety of metalwork and jewelry. You get advice on how to control exposure, depth-of-field, and reflections, as well as composing your shots for maximum impact. You also learn how to process the images using Photoshop Elements or a photo app and to format them for competitions and posting online. Included is a detailed workbook with material from the workshop for future reference. rn Please register using the "More Info" link of this listing, or by calling 248-398-6119. Youll receive a workbook covering all of the material included in the workshop.


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 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.


Intermediate Blacksmithing


In this class intermediate class students will continue to develop their skills through more challenging projects that will combine several basic forging operations into more complex shapes and forms. Students will complete two projects and and many samples during the course. Students for this course must have taken beginning blacksmithing at Smith Shop or have had equivalent experience. Limit 3 students. Class meets 3 hours a week. Tuesday evenings, 6pm-9pm, February 24th-March 31st. $500, most material included.


How to Photograph Your Metalwork and Jewelry With Eric Law


Want better images of your metalwork and jewelry for show entries or online? Join pro photographer Eric Law on February 28-March 1 for a workshop hosted by the Michigan Silversmiths Guild. This comprehensive two-day workshop teaches you how to photograph your metalwork and jewelry with either a traditional digital camera or the camera in a mobile device and to prepare the images for a variety of uses. The sessions cover both basic and advanced concepts, camera settings, and how to light and photograph a variety of metalwork and jewelry. You get advice on how to control exposure, depth-of-field, and reflections, as well as composing your shots for maximum impact. You also learn how to process the images using Photoshop Elements or a photo app and to format them for competitions and posting online. Included is a detailed workbook with material from the workshop for future reference. •rn Please register using the "More Info" link of this listing, or by calling 248-398-6119. Youll receive a workbook covering all of the material included in the workshop.


Chasing and Repoussé


Explore metals malleable characteristics and create shallow relief sculpture in copper, brass, and silver. In this two day workshop you will be introduced to specific tools such as pitch, pushers, liners, and a chasing hammer to learn how easy it is to manipulate flat sheets of metal into dimensional reliefs. Students will work on samples to develop an understanding for the process before starting work on a final project. No metals experience is needed. Limit 6 students. Saturday, February 7th & Sunday, February 8th. 10am - 4pm. 2 days, 5 hours with an hour break for lunch each day. $165 + $35 material fee.


Metal Corrugation with Mary Kernahan


Corrugation offers the advantage of dramatically increased structural strength in thinner material, allowing for reduced weight and decreased material costs. It also provides a multitude of decorative uses such as simple ridges, fan folds, crimps, and more, all of which can be combined with more advanced techniques such as embossing, fold forming, chasing, die and other forming techniques. Students will explore all aspects of sheet metal and wire corrugation using an industrial tube wringer, pliers and other simple tools. This is a PROCESS class. One session, 3 hours. rn


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. BASIC TORCH SOLDERING SKILLS REQUIRED. Maximum of 4 students. One session, 4 hours.


Ancient Arts - Twisted Wire Bracelet with Jason Burton


Be inspired by the Igbo culture of southeast Nigeria and the historic nomadic cultures of Nordic Europe bring the striking forms of twisted wire to your metalwork! In this workshop, learn a variety of basic twists which are beautiful alone, or recombine them into intricate compound twists. Students will learn multiple techniques then create a twisted wire bangle in their own unique style. Basic soldering skills are strongly recommended. This is a PROJECT class. One session, 3 hours.rn


Anticlastic Ring 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 peen hammer, Kyle will guide you through the anticlastic process, resulting in a beautiful anticlastic ring. This is a PROJECT class. One session, 3 hours. rn


Simple Bangle Bracelet with Keyhole Closure with Mary Kernahan


The elegant simplicity of this simple bangle bracelet is enhanced by the simple beauty of the fabricated keyhole closure. Proficiency with a jeweler's saw and torch soldering skills are required. This is a PROJECT class. One session, 3 hours.rn


Tube Set Soldered Pendant with Mary Kernahan


Tube setting is a great way to add faceted stones to your designs. In this class, using sterling silver & a 6mm round cubic zirconia, you will become acquainted with several techniques for tube setting, & will have fun while making yourself a classy pendant to boot. This is a PROJECT class. One session, 3 hours. rn


Intermediate Jewelry


In intermediate jewelry making students will continue to build upon skill learned in the beginning jewelry making course. Students will be introduced to basic stone setting, hollow form fabrication, surface embellishment techniques and more. The skills taught in this course can be applied to a variety of jewelry forms including rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. 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. Wednesdays, 6-9pm. February 25th-April 1st. $300, most materials included.rn


Keum-Boo with Lesley DiPiazza


Explore the ancient Korean technique of fusing pure gold onto a silver surface. This class is a great introduction to goldsmithing & is for anyone who loves the look of gold, but not the price. Students will leave class with multiple finished projects of their own design. Beginning & advanced students are welcome. This is a PROJECT class. One session, 2 hours.


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


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


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.


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


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