17-0421.41 Wearable Vessels

Class Date::
Saturday, April 17, 2021, 6:00pm – 9:00pm (CST)

Date:Saturday, April 17, 2021

Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm (CST)

Class Description: Students will create a wearable vessel using silver discs, sheet and tubing. Focus is on shaping and doming the metal to get a good fit for an effortless solder join. Silver tubing is used as the channel to hold the vessel and to allow the top to be lifted so the wearer can stash essential oils or tiny messages inside. Design will be discussed in detail to ensure the piece is functional, comfortable to wear and aesthetically pleasing. Silver disc, tubing and sheet will be provided in the materials kit to make the basic form. Students may improvise with materials for embellishing the piece as they wish.

Instructor: Amy Schmidt

Skill Level: Intermediate 

Pre-requisite: Beginner metalsmithing, comfortable soldering

Materials Kit (included in price):  Enough material for TWO vessels. Sterling silver stock, binding wire, 20" leather cord necklace.  **Domestic US shipping.

Required Tools:  

  • Jewelry Pliers - Chain nose pliers, Round nose pliers, Flat nose pliers
  • Metal shears or bench shear
  • #2 cut bastard or half round files
  • Set of needle files
  • Fine Tweezers
  • Jeweler’s saw and 4/o and 2/o saw blades
  • Bur Life or Cut lube
  • Bench pin
  • Fine Sharpie marker
  • Circle template with 1 ½” diameter
  • Ruler or straight edge
  • Wood dapping block and dapping tools
  • Solder Set-up, including hard, medium and easy solder,
  • Honeycomb soldering block with pins OR charcoal or magnesia block with T-pins
  • Solder pick
  • 2 equal-height magnesia soldering blocks or 2 bricks
  • Sandpaper medium to fine grit
  • A fire proof surface to solder on, such as a large ceramic tile 
  • Flex shaft  with #52 and #70 drill bits
  • Safety glasses

Optional Tools:

  • Tube cutting jig
  • Miter jig
  • Metal stamps for texturing
  • Tumbler with stainless steel shot 
  • Liver of sulfur or preferred patina (optional)Polishing compound (optional)

Optional materials for embellishment - small stones (8mm or smaller), bezel wire or corresponding bezel cup, silver bead wire, silver granules

*Note: Kit only and extra kit options do not include instructions or recording. You must choose either a Zoom or Zoom/Kit combo to receive written instructions. Kits will begin to ship March 30, 2021, unless otherwise arranged with instructor.

**Domestic US shipping is included in Kit price. Please contact instructor directly to arrange for international or expedited shipping.