Robert Lopez is coming back to The Makery and bringing two of his all-time favorite pendant projects, Artistic Elements and Primitive Petals! We’ll fire up our torches to learn the ins and outs of working with tarnish-resistant Argentium Sterling Silver, Robert’s metal of choice. He’ll teach us his techniques for creating strong fused components and show us how to build primitive, rustic elements as well as components that hold fine detail. We’ll learn how to texture and heat treat titanium, bringing this unique and unassuming metal to life as we raise up brilliant color under a torch flame. Then we’ll create custom bezel settings for two of Robert’s hand-cut cabochons and use an entire toolbox of skills to combine our elements into two dramatically different pendants.
In just three days, we’ll create two projects and explore essential and decorative fabrication techniques including roll printing, texturing, granulation, water casting, soldering, fusing riveting, sawing, rough polishing, and more. All materials, all tools, and all equipment are provided as part of this all-inclusive workshop so all you have to do is show up ready to work and have a good time! Want to join us? Here are the details:
Workshop Fee: $525
Materials Fee: $145
(taxable and payable at the time of the workshop)
August 17 – 19, 2018
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 July 15, 2018
(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!
Note: We recommend bringing your own eye magnification to help you see as clearly as possible while working. Because these needs are so personal, it’s impossible for us to have the right thing on hand for every student. Need help with this? Call the studio or send us an email!
ABOUT ROBERT LOPEZ
Robert Lopez is a self-taught metalsmith who lives and works in Southern California. He was drawn to fabricating jewelry by the challenges and physical process of conforming metal and stone to his vision. He began slowly teaching himself to do the work, accumulating an ever-growing collection of tools and knowledge anywhere he could. Mostly, though, he learned by endlessly experimenting with any and all materials at hand, making use of non-traditional metals, found objects, and unusual stones. He fabricates his raw and organic designs with skill and intention, but he allows them to grow without constraints or preconceived notions. His pieces are completely one-of-a-kind and made with his own hands; he frequently rolls his own metal sheet from ingots he pours himself and usually grinds and polishes his own stones. Most of his work is heavily layered and textured, giving his pieces a distinctive and distressed look. Find his work on Instagram by following @robertlopezdesigns or check his website at www.robertlopezdesigns.com