This course will explore the miniature manipulation of non ferrous metals and thecreation of one of a kind, expressive jewelry, while examining design issues andthe history of jewelry and it
importance in our culture. We will begin byexploring textures and surface embellishments on copper. We will learn tosolder, saw, rivet and manipulate sheet metal and bezel set stones. After someexperimentation you will design and build a simple piece incorporating thesetechniques. There will be design/drawing assignments each class meeting.The first week will deal with texture, pattern and shape while introducing you tohand tools, sheet metal and rivets. The second week you will learn folding,bending, soldering and the construction of bezels. You are expected to completereadings in the text or other sources on your own time. You will then design andcreate a piece of jewelry using these first techniques while learning finishing andpolishing.Forming and moving the material to capture space will be the next area ofexploration. You will dome, form and experiment with more advanced soldering.We will explore forging, and hollow bead construction. You will design and buildone piece of jewelry and a hollow bead using these and the previous weeks
techniques. We will also have an assignment incorporating materials not usuallyassociated with jewelry.. All along you will be drawing and designing and studying historical and modern jewelry and the cultural ideas that helped produced it.The last five classes will be devoted to a final piece of your own design andcreation expressing a personal idea and demonstrating the skills you havelearned. This will be due the last day of class. There will be critiques at the endof each project.There is a $55.00 lab fee that will cover the rental of tool kits, shop supplies thatwe use as a group and your first metal, saw blades, and other personal supplies.You will be responsible for purchasing your own supplies as you design your nextprojects. We will review shop safety and there will be a required safety test earlyin the semester. Plan to spend
time in the metals studio. The usual ratio isone hour of outside work time for every 2 hours of class time. This course canbe quite time consuming and requires physical labor.Class attendance is expected. Three unexcused absences in this compressedformat will hinder your ability successfully complete this class. Demos andhistorical lecture information are part of each session and should not be missed.Critiques are important and even unfinished work will be part of the discussion.You will keep a sketch book for notes, ideas, sketches and technical information.If you drop the class you must return your supply envelope to me before I willtake you off the class roster.Grades will be based on the work presented, class participation, and any extra
credit work completed. “C” grades will reflect all assignments
were adequatelycompleted on time, any higher grades will require extra work and above averagecompletion of the assignments. There will be many opportunities for extra credit.Please keep me informed if you are experiencing any problems with the classso we can work together to find a solution and make this a rewarding experience..