Recycling silver scrap to make new jewelry - workshop at Silver Peak Studio in Louisville, CO

Recycling Silver Scraps

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Have you ever wondered what to do with your silver scraps? Working with scraps can be a great way to expand your creative process. In this class we’ll explore different ways to convert your scrap silver into rings, pendants and accent pieces. Each student will leave with at least one finished piece of jewelry and some pieces that can be used in later work.

Prerequisite: Metals 1, Intro to Metalsmithing (metals 101), or equivalent. Students can bring their own silver scrap or you can buy silver scrap from the school at market price.

We will cover:

  • Melting silver
  • Annealing
  • Rolling
  • Fusing
  • Riveting
  • Forming
  • Tool overview that help with the process

      Class duration 8 hrs with a 30-minute break for lunch

      Tools needed:

      You will need to bring your own N95 or P95 mask (in addition to a cloth mask). This is  for filtering out small particulates that are formed when sanding and polishing metal. Otherwise, we have KN95 masks for sale for $5 each.

      Materials fee:

      $20 which includes oxy/acetylene gas and studio materials.  Additional fee to buy silver scrap. Cash, check, and Venmo accepted.

      Last day to cancel for a full refund or credit is August 13, 2022. We will email you 5 days before class with all the details that you need for the start of class.

      About the instructor, Tony Finocchio:

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      Tony has been creating jewelry and metal art since his first move to Boulder in 2009. His approach to art embodies a free spirited form of true self expression: do what you love and create work that resonates with you. Tony learned the basics of his craft from some of the best instructors in Boulder and the surrounding area, and continues to develop his skills and artistic voice through personal experimentation and advanced classes with masters in the field.

      Tony divides his time between the Boulder area and Telluride, Colorado, a place he’s called home for over 30 years. Since 2018 he has been a noted resident artist, with his jewelry available in shops and galleries throughout town. He’s created a number of signature pieces for special events & festivals in Telluride, and in the last several years has offered wildly popular private classes through the Ah Haa School for the Arts, which caters to both kids & adults.

      In his spare time, Tony enjoys playing guitar, listening to live music, reading, running, and viewing & collecting psychedelic rock poster art.