Robert Lopez is coming back to The Makery, and this time he’s bringing a project created just for us, jam packed with new techniques he’s never taught anywhere before!
Designed to look like minerals pouring from a crevice in the earth, this raw organic pendant will blur the line between natural creation and the work of the hand. First, Robert will show us how to use Argentium silver’s fragility under the flame to our advantage, creating interesting design elements by carefully and intentionally fracturing the silver. Then we’ll not only fuse the pieces back together to create visual interest, we’ll fill the fracture with silver minerals we’ll create from scratch to build geologic bridges across the crevices. Plus, we’ll use absolutely no solder to fabricate the top plate: the main top plate’s components will be completely fused in place, freeing ourselves from the problem of flooding the piece with annoying excess solder flow.
Then we’ll move on to building the organic bottom half of the pendant with its leaf like shape and colorful titanium disc. In a departure from his use of traditional titanium, Robert will introduce us to a titanium product that – when combined with heat work and Robert’s special resist – results in extraordinary color play and a textured, matte crystalline surface unmatched by any other metal. We’ll set the disc in a non-traditional manner, framing it in thick square wire and using Robert’s Stinger Riveting system to easily create smooth rivet heads. We’ll finish by adding a glossy shimmering pearl before combining the two halves and topping the whole thing off with a hand built bail. Along the way, this extraordinary project will also cover roll printing, soldering, textured bezel fabrication, granulation, cutting, shaping, patination, and more.
This is an intermediate project and you should be comfortable soldering unattended. We’re providing all the tools, materials and equipment necessary for you to enjoy all three days and complete the project, so all you have to do is bring eye magnification (if you need it) and plan to have fun!
Workshop Fee: $545
Materials Fee: $90
(taxable and payable at the time of the workshop)
December 6 – 8, 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 November 1, 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!
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