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MSG at the Ann Arbor Art Fair!!

July 8, 2015 by Emily Saling

The 2015 Art Fair is here! The Guild sponsored booth is going to be full of fun and excitement again as we bring back the College for Creative Studies Blacksmiths to accompany our member demonstrations. Come down to visit us at booths 115-118 at the corner of Willard and East University. Wee look forward to seeing you there!

CALL FOR DEMONSTRATORS AND VOLUNTEERS - Ann Arbor Art Fair 2015

May 8, 2015 by Art Fair MSG

Click here to download application.We are seeking artists to demonstrate at this years Ann Arbor Art Fair Booth. In keeping with the Guilds mission to educate others about the craft of metalsmithing, we plan to provide demonstrations of metalsmithing techniques throughout the Art Fair. In return for providing a demo, on the day of your demo you will be able to display & sell work that is related to or derivative of the technique you are demonstrating. Its a wonderful way to gain some art fair experience & have the chance to sell your work!


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 at the Ann Arbor South University Art Fair


Come visit MSG at this years booth at the Ann Arbor South University Art Fair. We will be located in Booth 115 through 118 on the corner of East University and Willard. This year we will be featuring work by Joanne Huspek, Carol Tomasso, Tina Sayer, Vickie Culver, Lorraine Kolasa and Emily Saling. Demos by Carol Tomasso, Jennifer Marcson and Richard Locke and the CCS Blacksmiths led by James Viste.


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.


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.