Intro to Metalsmithing April 1 at Silver Peak Studio in Louisville, CO
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Intro to Metalsmithing (Metals 1) April 1

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Enter the world of making metal jewelry with Metals 1: Intro to Metalsmithing.  This introductory one-day class gives you the foundational skills of metalsmithing jewelry and is the prerequisite for our more advanced classes. 

This workshop is jam-packed with information to get you introduced to the world of metalsmithing without a huge time commitment! In addition to learning safety procedures, students will learn the fundamentals of metalsmithing and at the end of class will have made a textured 7 mm sterling silver ring band with their choice in size and texture and a copper pendant necklace that is hand-sawn and hand-textured.

We will cover:

  • Studio safety and ergonomics
  • Sawing techniques
  • Hammer texturing and stamping
  • Filing and sanding
  • Basics of soldering
  • Texturing metal with a rolling mill and hammers
  • How to remove fire-scale
  • Patina options
  • How to use a flex-shaft

Class Duration: 8 hours with a 30 minute break for lunch

Prerequisite: None

Last day to cancel for a full refund is March 25, 2023.  Please review our FAQ page for directions and dress code.  By registering for the class you agree to our policies and dress code. 

Tools and Materials

Tools needed: You will need to bring your own KN95 or N95 mask to use while polishing.  If you do not have one, we have them for sale for $5 (limit 1 per person).

Materials kit: $25 (silver, copper, solder, flux, saw blades, and use of all tools and equipment). Payment of material fee is due at the beginning of class. Cash, check, or Venmo accepted.

About the instructor, Kenzie Nelson

Kenzie Nelson headshotKenzie has been enveloped by art and art making her entire life and loves nothing more than connecting with others through the act of creating. After taking an introduction to metalsmithing class in her first year of college, she became infatuated with the medium. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Colorado State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a concentration in metalsmithing and jewelry making. She loves sharing her passion with others and has teaching experience ranging from K-12 art, museum education classes, as well as collegiate level metalsmithing courses.

Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. in curated and juried exhibitions, most recently in The Feminist Art Museum’s Protest and Protect and the Greater Denton Arts Council’s Materials: Hard and Soft.