Robert Lopez | Primitive Petals Pendant | Friday, February 2nd, 2018 | 9 am until 4 pm


The ability to walk that fine line between total collapse of a piece and control of the fine nuances is a skill that must be accomplished while fusing Argentium Sterling Silver. This skill can be mastered with practice. When learning to fuse, one tends to go a little too far and the metals may shrink, warp, bubble or melt a bit. I find that this sometimes adds wonderful textures that I could not repeat if I tried so I have learned to value their contribution to the piece.

In this workshop we will cover the benefits of using tarnish resistant Argentium Sterling Silver. Among one of the benefits of Argentium is its ability to fuse together extremely well while holding fine textures. The top, petal portion of the pendant will be made primarily of fused components. We will punch out silver discs that will then be roller printed for texture. I will then demonstrate how to make water casts that we will fused to the petals. With practice, one can learn to fuse multiple components together all the while keeping textures that have been applied prior. Fusing multiple joints minimizes the need for solder joints that would eventually show up during oxidation. We will also work on bezel setting a cabochon. I believe I have come up with some unique ways of setting a cabochon that some students may want to add to their skill set.


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Title: Primitive Petals Pendant

Instructor: Robert Lopez

Date of Class: February 2, 2018

Time: 9 am – 4 pm

Level: Intermediate

Type: Project/skill – oriented

Class Fee: $145

Kit Fee: $90 (payable to instructor at workshop)

Kit Fee Includes

Argentium silver sheet 22 gauge

Argentium silver 24 gauge

Argentium silver bench scraps/casting grains



Silver solder

Instructor will have the following for use in class


Texturing hammers

Soldering supplies and stations

Rolling mill

Texturing materials

Tools to make water casts


Polishing supplies

Student Supply List

(All optional if flying to workshop. Instructor will have all tools listed to be shared if needed. You may have preferred tools so bring them if you can!)

Safety glasses


Rawhide hammer

Metal shears

Bench pin

Steel bench block

Basic jewelry making tools, flush cutters, round nose plies, flat nose pliers

Bezel pusher


Ear plugs

Battery powered Ott light

3″-4” C-clamp may be needed to clamp bench pin to table

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