Danny Wade and his gorgeous artisan stamps are coming back to The Makery for a two-day stamping extravaganza you won’t want to miss! We’ll spend day one with the master learning how to get a deep, crisp impression using different types of stamps. He’ll walk us through several layout and design methods, and the techniques and use of tools for balanced stamping. And he’ll show us to use the two piece stamp sets that create repousse-type dimension! We’ll end the day with an introduction to the stamps we’ll be using to create our own unique mandala design for a gorgeous sterling silver cuff. Day two will be all about learning how to build complex customized designs using just two stamps. We’ll test and perfect our layouts before we create a sample piece out of heavy gauge copper. Then we’ll finish up by reproducing our design on smooth, sleek sterling silver and forming it into a unique handmade cuff.
This is two full days of instruction with plenty of time for you to test drive and troubleshoot new skills with Danny, so it’s perfect for all levels of makers, even if you’ve never made jewelry before. You will leave with at least two completed cuffs, one in copper and one in sterling silver. And since the use of all tools and materials is included in your fee, all you have to do is show up and have fun!
Workshop Fee: $425
Materials Fee: $65
(taxable and payable at the time of the workshop)
Saturday and Sunday – August 17 & 18, 2019
9:30 am – 5:00 pm daily
Please be sure to read our Terms and Conditions before registering!
Danny began his creative career as an apprentice bench jeweler more than 20 years ago, learning design and repair of fine jewelry. He subsequently moved from his hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he worked for IJS for over a decade. Among other things, he learned how to be an industrial tool and die maker manufacturing jewelry findings on a mass scale and was introduced to the art of lapidary work, eventually working at a commercial level sourcing new material and having it cut in the USA, China and Mexico. He also worked with 3M Abrasives in developing systems for use in lapidary, many of which are in use today. As IJS VP of Marketing, Danny traveled around the United States and internationally, giving him a unique insight into the needs of makers in the industry and trends, innovations, and techniques being explored by both individual makers and large scale manufacturers.
Danny also worked for DHF selling precious metal and working with the technical side of the sputtering targets division. This experience helped him develop an understanding of alloying and large-scale casting uncommon in the industry.
Today he operates his own company, Ferro Valley Tools, which manufactures handmade tools for jewelry makers. He is constantly looking for ways to expand production capability and to innovate in the design and creation of tools specific to the jewelry trade. He has a social media following numbering in the thousands and recently began teaching the art of stamping and metal embellishment due to overwhelming demand. Danny’s tools and stones have been featured in books, trade magazines, online forums and groups, influencing jewelers and lapidarists all over the world.