Pin mechanisms for brooches workshop at Silver Peak Studio in Louisville, CO

Pin Mechanisms for Brooches

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Handmade brooch pinbacks are a bit of a lost art. More and more jewelers resort to buying commercial ones and simply soldering them on. 

In this workshop, we will introduce students to three distinct handmade pin mechanisms and how to make them. One (or more, if time permits) will then be chosen and fabricated from start to finish. 

    Prerequisites: Metals 1, Intro to Metalsmithing or equivalent.  (Please note: this is an intermediate-level class)

    Class is 8 hours with a 30 minute break for lunch. We have a mini fridge and microwave, a separate lunch room and a deck with a mountain view where you can relax on your break. We also have Nespresso coffee, tea, and snacks available for purchase.

    Last day to cancel for a full refund is August 15, 2021.

    Tools and Materials

    Tools will be provided.  Please bring a KN95 or N95 mask for polishing.  If you do not have one, we have them for sale for $6 (limit 1 per person).
    Materials kit fee:  TBD

    About the instructor, Chris Weston

    Chris WestonChris Weston graduated from Haywood Community College in North Carolina with an A.A.S. degree in Professional Crafts/Jewelry. He also has a B.A. in English from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in TESL/Secondary Education from the University of New Mexico. He has taken workshops around the country from notable jewelry artists that include Charles Lewton-Brain, Carrie Adell, Julia Turner, Chris Darway, and Sarah Obrecht, among others. In 2000, he attended The Istituto Pietro Selvatico, in Padova, Italy, where he studied goldsmithing with Graziano Visintin.

    He began his teaching career in Japan in 1985, and eventually transitioned from teaching English as a foreign language to teaching high school art in 2001, when he became a high school art teacher for Las Cruces Public Schools. While in Las Cruces, he also started teaching adult jewelry classes in the continuing education program for Dona Ana Community College.

    Since moving to Colorado in 2016, he has taught jewelry workshops for Boulder Metalsmithing Association and Life Long Learning. He is currently teaching specialty workshops at Silver Peak Studio.