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Start Date: Sep 15, 2017 Days: Fri Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Fri)

Explore the different types of small scale geared, hinged, and pulley driven mechanisms. Topics include identifying/sourcing parts, material selection, motion theory, design, and layout. Fabrication covers cutting, soldering, forming, drilling/tapping and basic turning.

Have some design ideas ready for a project before class. A small brass three gear set will be provided to get things moving!                                                                                                                                                                          

Prerequisites: Basic soldering/metalsmithing skills and basic math skills preferred

Start Date: Sep 15, 2017 Time: 4:00pm - 4:00pm ()

Dream it and make it!

Come explore the world of making in a collaborative and creative environment. Our studios provide a community of members that feed inspiration and support making. Maker Space Metals is designed for experienced artists and makers who have the independent skills necessary to bring their ideas to fruition. You will have access to our Open Studio hours and select equipment, following all policies and procedures required in each department and studio. After approval of your Maker Space request from a studio manager and department head, you will be given an orientation on policies, equipment safety and clean-up to ensure success in our studios. 

Please note that fees do not cover materials. Any materials being brought in by students must have prior approval for use.

Electroformers in the chemical room are not available to Maker Space students.

The Metals Studio has a buddy-system policy for safety, so there is never just one student working in the studio. You may not work alone in the studio. Every effort will be made to help you connect to other students for arranging time and schedules for the buddy-system policy.

Prerequisites: All Maker Space students are required to have prior experience, be self-sufficient and know how to use studio equipment. Registration is contingent upon approval.     

To register for Maker Space, please contact cmalone@ocac.edu.

                                                                                                                                                                        

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Start Date: Sep 16, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

This two-day workshop gives beginning casters a fast way to make handmade rings, pendants and earrings. Cuttlefish bone is a soft, carvable substance with a distinct wood-grain texture. It has been used as a mold material for casting since the middle ages, and jewelers still make unique, one of a kind pieces using this direct-casting method. Students will explore carving or making impressions in the cuttlebone, then cast with molten bronze or silver. We will then use metalsmithing skills such as sawing, filing and soldering to finish the pieces and go home with fabulous new jewelry to wear and share!

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Metalsmithing preferred but not required.

Start Date: Sep 20, 2017 Days: Wed Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Wed)

In this course, it’s all about surface. From preparation to final finishing, you will be taken through all the steps to achieve unique patterns, textures and colors on a variety of metals. Work alongside an experienced patina artist to achieve vibrant surfaces and learn the tricks and techniques to get a flawless finish. Topics will cover slip rolling, hammer texturing, chemical processes, cold patinas, torch fired hot patinas, etching, and basic surface coatings.

Prerequisites: Soldering/ torch experience

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Start Date: Sep 24, 2017 Days: Sun Time: 4:00pm - 7:00pm (Sun)

Lost wax casting is a rewarding, traditional metalsmithing practice. Learn how to sculpt and manipulate jeweler’s wax to create small wearable objects, such as rings or pendants, out of bronze or sterling silver. Learn how to make rubber molds to create multiples from original cast creations, and experiment with casting organic objects.

Prerequisites: Fundamentals I or II preferred but not required (basic soldering, piercing and finishing skills preferred)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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Start Date: Sep 25, 2017 Days: Mon Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm (Mon)

Beginner to Intermediate metalsmiths create a wide variety of rings-- enough to adorn every finger and every toe! Make a new style of ring each class, everything from elegant band rings, to bezel-set stone rings to stacking rings and many more. Become familiar with piercing with a jeweler’s saw, silver soldering, hammering and stamping to add texture, and other metal-forming techniques. 

Prerequisites: None

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Start Date: Sep 26, 2017 Days: Tue Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Tue)

Focus on the fundamentals of working with copper, brass, and sterling silver as an introduction to jewelry fabrication. Techniques covered include sawing, filing, surface finishing, soldering, cold connections and scoring and bending.  Class projects include an introduction to piercing with the jewelers saw, a silver ring, a hollow ring and a cabochon stone setting.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Oct 21, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Engage the world of welding, focusing on the skills necessary for artists to explore and create.  Cover material types, basic welding theory and safety, metal preparation, grinding/cutting, basic MIG welding and TIG welding ferrous metals. Learn with a hands-on approach alongside a welder with over 15 years experience.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Oct 21, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Color and pattern are beautiful! Explore the allure of old steel tins and how honing fundamental skills can strengthen any design. With emphasis in tab settings and linkage methods, create thoughtful forms of jewelry. Expect to create several small pieces and/or a statement piece throughout this concentrated class and leave with a refined knowledge of basic skills in small metals.

Prerequisites:  Beginning metals experience suggested but not required.

Start Date: Nov 18, 2017 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

A few basic skills can take you far. Explore the beauty of found objects and how honing fundamental skills can strengthen any design. With emphasis in tab settings of irregular objects and linkage methods, create samples and experiment with combining methods into thoughtful jewelry. Expect to create several small pieces or a set of pieces and leave with a refined knowledge of skills in small metals. Bring your treasures!

Prerequisites:  Beginning metals experience suggested but not required.