April Bower | LIVE STREAM ONLINE: Starry Starry Night: Fused Dust and Pebbles – Argentium Silver and 18K Gold | Saturday, September 19, 2020, Sunday September 20, 2020 and Friday, September 25, 2020

$190.00

Create coordinating earrings and pendant in Argentium Silver, known for its wonderful  fusing properties with 18k yellow gold accents.

Learn how to create and successfully fuse the metal dust for texture and dimension, contrasting with rolled texture and fused “pebbles” in both silver and gold.  Fusing, forming, finishing, burnishing and patination will be addressed with a combination of prerecorded videos and live Zoom interaction with instructor April Bower as well as other students.

Work with your own tools in the comfort of your own studio.

Laptop or Tablet recommended for viewing, and cell phone camera for sharing photos of your project if you have questions for April.

Please familiarize yourself with Zoom and make sure to download the Zoom Apps on your devices.

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Description

Instructor: April Bower

Format: LIVE STREAM ONLINE

Dates of Class: September 19-20, 2020, and September 25, 2020


Daily Schedule: 
September 19th

9:00 am until 10:00 am:
welcome, introductions, class overview, Q-&-A

September 20th
8:45 am:
check-in, attendance, time to chat

9:00 – 11:30 am:
Fusing – instruction, demos, discussion, Q-&-A

11:30 am until 1:30 pm:
independently work at your bench
grab a bite of lunch

1:30 – 3:00 pm:
How to finish your pieces – instruction, demos, discussion, Q-&-A

3:00 – 4:30 pm:
independently work at your bench

4:30 – 5:00 pm:
Q-&-A and wrap-up

Friday, September 25th
3:00 – 4:00 pm:
Sip-&-Share
Grab a beverage of your choice and join us online for some social time! Totally casual – time to share your finished pieces with fellow students – share your thoughts on the class – relax and enjoy new and old friendships


Class Fee: $190
Level: intermediate, must be comfortable with a torch
Type: A Project and Technique Workshop
Kit Fee: $99

Kit Fee Includes:

  • 24g ARSS sheet 3 inch by 1.5 inch
  • 16g round ARSS wire
  • .925 ear wires w/bead – 1 pair
  • 18g  3mm sterling jumprings – 2
  • 18g ARSS wire – 6 inches
  • 18K y/g sizing stock 1mmx3mm 1/2″  for dust and moons
  • 3 lidded cans for dust and granule collection
  • oilcan dispenser with dispenser for liquid flux
  • Yellow Aqua Flux in dropper jar
  • Spatula
  • Parchment paper sheet
  • 26 g steel binding wire – 1 yard
  • Index card

Optional – in addition to the items included in the kit, the following items are available for purchase through April:

  • Burnisher, 1.5″ curved
  • Flush cut Xuron snips with retainer
  • Forming set
  • Scratch brush
  • 3”x6” solderite board
  • Charcoal block

Student Supply List – you will need the following to complete each project:

  • Hand tools
  • Bench pin
  • Bench block
  • Side cutters  to cut wire for granules
  • Metal shears
  • Vise grip pliers, any size will do
  • Jewelry flat or half round file and sanding sticks to smooth edges
  • Fine tweezers
  • Burnisher, curved tip preferred
  • Sharpie, fine tip
  • Hole punch pliers (1mm) or # 55 drill ( or close) for ear wire hole
  • Coarse flat 6″ or larger  flat file with handle. Flat Bastard  or wood file  (refer to “About Files” handout)
  • Sandbag or wood forming block
  • Scratch brush
  • Planishing hammer for flattening granules & mallets for forming
  • Bar keepers friend or pumice for cleaning metal
  • Dish soap or Mr. Clean type liquid cleaner
  • Rubber gloves, kitchen type works well
  • Fine sand sponge or green scratch cloth to preclean the metal
  • An extra large foil lasagna type pan or a metal cookie sheet with parchment paper sheet liner to catch filings
  • A clean dry paint brush to sweep up filings and a business card or index card to use as dust scoop
  • A small soft artists paintbrush to clean up dust/flux application (inexpensive)
  • Clean shop rag or paper towels
  • Masking tape
  • Safety glasses
  • A cell phone tripod is nice if you have one, but if not, a soldering tripod with out the screen makes a very good support for cell camera to show jewelry projects

Studio Tools

  • Torch.  I use Eurotool Handy Flame butane, but use what you have. Larger bushier flame is better than small pinpoint flame. Your acetylene and air torch should work well with a medium/small tip (#1). A Smith “Little Torch” will do, but make sure to use a large tip with a softer flame. (See Torch video)
  • Solder station: Heat safe area with cookie sheet and fire brick or annealing tray. Solder pick and tweezers. A clean flat solderite board  (preferred for fusing)  &  charcoal block to melt granules on.
  • Pickle and rinse water and a simple dish of water for washing and rinsing metal (if no sink).
  • *Flux: like Batterns, Rio My T flux, Aquaflux.   (the clear yellow stuff, not white paste flux) *I supply some in your kit
  • Patina: your favorite blackener: Liver of Sulfur, Goshiba, Jax, Black Max
  • *Rolling mill; flat or combo
  • *You could replace the rolled texture with a stamped or hammered if no rolling mill.
  • *Polishing lathe or flex shaft for clean up and polishing
  • *Steel wool and pro polish pad will do. I supply some in your kit

Additional Class Comments:
Our timing is approximate. Some sessions may last a bit longer; others may end a little early, depending on student’s level of experience and Q-&-A.

Instructor Email Address: AprilBowerJewelry@gmail.com

Instructor Website: AprilBower.com