Ferrous to Fine 2: Microwelding with April Wood

Mondays, March 6, 2023 - March 27, 2023; 10:00AM - 1:00PM PT (Pacific Time)

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Cost: $330


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We often think of welding as an industrial process, utilized on a large scale or for structural fabrication. Join April Wood for Ferrous to Fine 2, where students will be introduced to the Smith Little Torch and oxy-acetylene welding on a jewelry scale, with wire and sheet mild steel! In this in depth hands on workshop, you will learn the ins and outs of microwelding as it pertains to jewelry, and specifically why it is the best way to create strong bonds with steel forms. The torch set-up and mechanics of welding will be discussed, demonstrations of different types of joints and welding set-ups will be shown, as well as creating surface textures with the torch. The class will also cover methods for cleaning up welds, surface finishing, and patinas for steel. 

Techniques taught:

  • Oxy/Acetylene torch set-up and safety
  • What is welding?
  • Welding vs. soldering
  • Mechanics of a good weld
  • Different styles of welding joints
  • Creating surface textures with the oxy/acetylene torch
  • Flat surface and 3D welds 
  • Cleaning up welded surfaces
  • Surface finishing
  • Patinas for steel

 

This course is available as a live online class. 

 

A kit of materials is included with this class.

 

Tools Required for Online Students
This is a list of tools online students need to practice the techniques shown in class.

A list of tools with links to recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you after registration. If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.

  • Basic jeweler's hand tools such as saw frame, drill bits, files, burs, etc.
  • 4/0 saw blades
  • Needle files
  • Heavy duty wire cutters
  • Pliers set
  • Tweezers 
  • Heatless mizzy wheels and mandrel
  • Flexshaft or dremel
  • Oxygen/Acetylene Smith Little Torch (or equivalent mini torch)
  • Welding Goggles
  • Paving stone 

 

Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.

Prerequisites:

Basic metalsmithing skills like sawing, drilling, and soldering are required. Jewelry 1 or equivalent experience. 

Instructor:

April Wood (Guest)

If a class is online, or is a combination online and in-person session, all students receive a link to a recording of the class demonstrations. In-person only workshops are not recorded. For staff instructor classes, students have access to the recordings for one year. For guest instructors, access is 30 days. 

If a kit is included with the class, online students will have them mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class. More information about the kit is included with the supplies list which is emailed after registration.

International students may be charged an additional amount for shipping, because of the increased cost to ship abroad. Also, shipments to other countries may incur a tariff payable by the student. International students are welcome to contact us re: these costs and options for their materials. Please be sure that the address with your payment is the correct one for shipping.

If this class is offered online, it 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).

Your instructor is also available during free Zoom office hours for questions and help.

Online students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly. Links to preferred vendors are provided in the supplies list sent after registration.

For the health and safety our staff and students, students are required to show proof of vaccination and to wear masks when attending classes at our school. If you can’t meet these requirements, we invite you to take the online version of this class instead, if available. Please visit our COVID-19 Updates page for more information.

And now the fine print. Payment in full for class fees is due at the time of registration to reserve your place. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and PayPal. Checks and cash are accepted only if you register at school. If you mail a check, your registration is not processed until it clears and the class may fill during the wait. 

If the workshop is canceled by our school for any reason, all class fees will be refunded, or you can transfer to another class, or you can keep a credit on account with us for future classes or purchases, 

Students can cancel, receive a credit or refund, or transfer to another class up to 21 days before a workshop, whether it is online or in person. No cancellations are accepted after the 21-day deadline, however, we will do what we can to try and sell your place to a qualified student. If we can sell your place, you can receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee, keep a credit on account with us, or apply your fees towards a transfer to another class. 

If you can’t make it to class, you may send a participant who has the necessary prerequisites in your place. Please call or email us immediately with any changes in the student participant information. If a class includes an online section, your class will be recorded and you can watch later to make up a class you miss. 

Students must be at least 15 years old to attend a class, and students under 18 must have a legal guardian sign our liability waiver form. We have had younger students attend classes, on a case by case basis. If you’re interested in enrolling your child, please call or email us. 

If you sign up for a class and fail to have the required prerequisites as listed in the class description, you are still subject to the 21-day cancellation policy, listed above.

Lodging and meals are not included for in person classes.

If you don't come to class, there are no refunds, credits or transfers.