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Mexican silver from Taxco is timeless and unique. Join us for a journey into Mexican silver- how the Taxco region became known for its silver and artistry, inspirations behind the designs, and how these pieces were made. In this class we will look in depth into William Spratling, Margot van Voorhies Carr, the brothers of Los Castillo, and other artists that propelled Mexican silver to collector status. We will be covering various techniques used to create the pieces including impression dies, stamping, marriage of metals, and crushed stone inlay. Students will adapt the design hallmarks and techniques of the period to their own ideas.
Techniques covered include:
- Stamping, line chasing
- Use of different silver alloys including 980 silver and sterling
- Making and using impression dies
- Marriage of Metals
- Connections and linkage systems
- Brooch finding
- Ear wire fabrication
- Crushed stone inlay
- Torch-fired enameling
- Patina and surface finishes
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
A kit of materials is included with this class and will be mailed to you. Please be sure that the address with your payment is the correct one for shipping..
About Our Interactive Online Classes
This class is online and uses the Zoom app/website. Through Zoom, you’ll be able to see demos and follow instructions, ask questions and interact with your instructor. Zoom is easy to use and free for students to use for class, and works on most devices, like phones (iphone, Android, etc), tablets (iPads, etc), and computers (Mac or PC).
This course meets for 6 sessions, 3 hours per session, for a total of 18 hours. Your instructor is also available during free Zoom office hours for questions and help.
Each class is also recorded and available for students to watch later, to review instructions or in case you missed a class.
Students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly. We always choose the safest materials, chemicals and tools for you and the environment.
Tools for this Class
This is a list of tools you’ll need to practice the techniques shown in class. A list of tools with recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you after registration If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.
- Bench pin
- Saw frame
- Saw blades
- Half round hand file
- Needle files
- Dremel or Flexshaft
- 1mm drill bits
- Chasing or riveting hammer
- Steel bench block or anvil
- Sandpapers 240, 320, 400, 600, 800, 1200
- Scotchbrite or steel wool
- Liver of sulfer XL Gel
- Q tips
- Hard, medium, and easy solders
- Torch (large butane, acetylene/air, fuel/oxygen)
- Soldering setup
- Tripod and mesh screen
- Disposable plate OR parchment paper and plate
- Aluminum foil
- Round/flat pliers
- Chain nose pliers
- Flush cutters
- Sharpie- fine or extra fine point
- Epoxy for inlay
- Small paint brush
- Container for water
- Paper towels
- Tracing paper
- Glue stick or rubber cement
- Face mask
A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Sawing, drilling, and basic soldering skills are needed. Jewelry 1 or other class that covers those skills is highly recommended. There is a lot to learn in this class for any level, including intermediate students and beyond.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA
Jenn Parnell Kirkpatrick