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Create pieces of patterned woven metal for stunning centerpieces that will set your jewelry designs apart. Visiting guest instructor Jeanie Pratt will teach you how to weave small sheets of metal from flattened wire in this 4 day workshop. You will be introduced to a variety of different patterns that can be achieved with weave structures that range from a simple over under plain weave to beautiful flowing undulating designs.
There are so many fun ways to achieve different effects in weaving, including the weave pattern itself, combining different metals for contrast in the weave pattern and varying the widths of the wire used in the weave structure. Students will be encouraged to create a variety of samples.
This class is open to repeat students who have taken it before. Repeat students can work on more advanced weaving patterns with Jeanie.
• How to prepare metal for weaving
• How to set up a “loom”
• Different methods for weaving metal
• Forming woven metal in a hydraulic press
• Soldering the edges of your weaving
• Designing woven patterns with graph paper
• Discussions on how to incorporate your weaving samples into brooches, pendants, beads, and earrings
A kit fee of $70 is due the first day of class and payable to the instructor. Use of tools is included. The $60 kit includes the materials to get started, as well as a 30+ page handout covering the workshop, resources and inspiration for future weaving.
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Basic metalsmithing skills are required, like successful completion of Basic Jewelry 1 or Basic Jewelry 1 & 2. Skills needed include sawing, filing, sanding, polishing with power tools like the flex shaft, and soldering.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA