Fabricating jewelry with wire is a beautiful, economical, and sometimes challenging process. This workshop is a compilation of tips, tricks and strategies designed to give students the confidence to tackle complex wire fabrication tasks. We’ll discuss different types of precision dual-fuel jeweler’s torches, and cover lots of soldering methods and must-have tools for simplifying complicated fabrication jobs. Students can put their new knowledge to practice by designing and building their own wireframe rings or pendants.
Instructor: Nash Quinn, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nashquinn.com
Date: June 9th & 10th 9AM to 5 PM with a 1/2 hour lunch break
Location: Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE
Student supply list: ( The studio has the first 2 bullet points)
Wireframe fabrication doesn’t require a great array of specific tools or materials. Students will be able to complete this workshop successfully with a basic set of hand tools as found in most jewelry studios. Students can bring their own tools, or utilize shared tools provided by the studio. We’ll be fabricating primarily with sterling silver wire. Students are welcome to bring their own supply of silver wire of any shape – square, round, patterned, etc. Gauges between 20 and 12 are the most useful. I will bring a selection of sterling silver wire that students can purchase directly from me, so if students arrive without any silver, they’ll be just fine. I’ll also bring a limited set of tools that students can borrow/share during the workshop. Below is a selection of suggested tools and materials students should bring if they already have them:
•Basic hand tools: Jeweler’s saw and saw blades (2/0~4/0), pliers (various shapes) and snips, hand and needle files, ring clamp, layout tools (ruler, dividers, scribe), sanding sticks and sandpaper, soldering equipment (hard, medium, and easy solder, flux, tweezers, solder pick)
•Other preferred bench tools students may already own– miter-cutting vise, ring mandrel, bezel mandrel, bench block, nylon hammer, etc.
•Sterling silver wire – round, square, rectangle, pattern wire, etc. Various gauges – 20g to 12g are the most useful.
•Experienced students may want to incorporate stonesetting into their designs, and can bring silver tube, sheet, bezel strips, and stones if they wish.
Skill level - beyound beginner to intermediate