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Mexican Silver

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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
     

 

This course is available as an in-person workshop or live online class, and as a 6 week course. Please check this page for times and formats available.

A kit of materials is included with this class.
Online students will have kits mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class.

Recordings of class.
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.

  

Tools.
Classes at our school include use of tools, with each student having their own bench to use during class. Online students will need to have their own tools (see the list of tools below).  Feel free to contact us with any questions. 

Tools Required for Online Students
This is a list of tools online students need to practice the techniques shown in class. (in-person students have tools to use at school)

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.

  • 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
  • Ruler
  • Sharpie- fine or extra fine point
  • Glue for inlay
  • Small paint brush
  • Container for water
  • Paper towels
  • Tracing paper
  • Glue stick or rubber cement
  • Toothpick
  • Face mask

A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class

 

Please review our COVID-19 guidelines for in-person students. 

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. 

Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.


About Our Interactive Online Classes
If this class is 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).

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.

 

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

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Prerequisites:

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.

Please view the calendar to find a workshop date for this class