We are thrilled to be welcoming Jeff Georgantes, Chair of the Metals Department at Dartmouth College, for a three-day jewelry-making expedition filled with exciting twists and turns. We’ll explore a variety of core, foundational metalsmithing skills, starting with learning how to recycle our sterling silver scrap to cast ingots. Then we’ll use rolling mills, hammers, and anvil surfaces to transform and shape those ingots into useable rod and sheet stock. We’ll also explore options for texturing our metal for maximum visual impact. Next, Jeff will teach us the principles of flush setting and tapered bezel setting for faceted stones. We’ll make our own setting tools from steel stock and learn how bezel blocks can take fabricating a tapered bezel setting from complicated to simple and straightforward. From there, we’ll design our own ring and pendant projects, exploring and making aesthetic choices for stone placement, texture and shape. Jeff will also help us understand how bails are both critical design and functional elements. And we’ll dig deep into the many uses of a rolling mill in a working studio, including how to use it as a forging tool. We’ll discuss proper calibration and maintenance of our mills, so it can be a “forever tool” that lasts for years of use, and considerations when getting ready to add one to our studios. We’ll come away with a renewed appreciation for the versatility of this valuable piece of equipment.
These essential techniques will greatly expand our design and fabrication horizons in our own jewelry-making. In addition to our completed ring and pendant projects, we’ll also leave with a series of technical samples we can use for future reference in our studios. And thanks to the generous folks at Pepe Tools, we’ll have a variety of rolling mills and new bench tools to work with during the workshop!
This is an intermediate workshop, and students should already have basic metalsmithing skills, including the ability to solder unattended; experience sawing, filing and finishing metals; and a basic working knowledge of stone-setting principles. Just about everything is provided – tools, materials and equipment – so all you need to do is bring is eye magnification and two ounces of scrap sterling silver – and have fun!
NOTE FOR EMPHASIS:
It is essential that you be able to see clearly at a close working distance in order to effectively practice the stone setting techniques in this workshop. We always tell you to bring eye magnification if you need it, but this time we really mean it! If you cannot see clearly, you will not get the most out of this workshop and might even be grumpy!
(Don’t miss the special one-day precision welding class Jeff is bringing – learn more here!)
Workshop Fee: $545
Materials Fee: $75
(taxable and payable at the time of the workshop)
June 21 – 23, 2019
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
9:30 am – 5:00 pm daily
Reserve your spot by paying in full or making a non-refundable deposit now
and paying the remainder by May 15, 2019
(We’ll send you a separate invoice for the balance and you can pay securely online at your convenience!)
Please be sure to read our Terms and Conditions before registering!
ABOUT JEFF GEORGANTES
JEFF GEORGANTES has an MFA in Jewelry/Metals from CSU, Fullerton and a BA in Art and a MA in Sculpture, both from CSU, Humboldt. He taught Art at College of the Redwoods, Eureka, CA, for fifteen years and has taught numerous visiting artist workshops across the USA. He helped develop and coordinate the Jewelry/Metals program at the Mendocino Art Center from the early 1990s until 2005 when he started his position as head of the Jewelry/Metals program at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. Learn more about Jeff and his work at www.jeffgeorgantes.com