Intro to metals at Silver Peak Studio on October 7
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Intro to Metalsmithing (Metals 1) October 7

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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 September 30, 2023.  After this date, no refunds or credits will be given. 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: Tools are provided.

Materials kit: $25 (silver, copper, solder, flux, saw blades, and use of all tools and equipment).  Fee is payable to instructor at time of class.  check, cash (exact change), or Venmo accepted.

About the instructor, Alec Schweiger

Alec Schweiger bio picAlec has an MFA with an emphasis in Metals and Jewelry from Colorado State University-Fort Collins, and has been teaching metalsmithing at the collegiate level (CSU) since 2019.  He received a work study scholarship to the Penland School of Craft to study under Kim Cridler, as well as learning from Navajo Silversmithing masters Allison and Trent Lee.  

His "why" is described as being an extremely curious person who has always been driven to figure out how things work or how they are made.

Alec has a passion for teaching and is thrilled by the opportunity to share his experiences and skills.

A few of his favorite things are: disc golf, golf, and jamming to vinyl with his wife, Emma, and dog, Micah.