Regardless of your metalsmithing experience, learning the Heat Zone Method will enable you to solder with increased confidence and ease, especially with more complicated designs such as layered metal. Once learned, this technique can be used for a variety of different projects.
In this one-day metalsmithing workshop, students how to take their own design of a sawn piece of metal and solder it onto a back plate by using the Heat Zone method. In addition to learning the heat zone method, metalsmiths will learn Michele's tricks (from her years of sweat soldering) about how to properly sweat solder sawn and small pieces!
Class duration: 8 hours with a 45-minute break for lunch.
Prerequisites: students must be proficient in sawing and soldering
Tools and Materials:
Tools will be provided. You need to bring your own mask as well as a N95 or KN95 mask for polishing as well as a design that will fit onto about half of a 2" x 2" piece of metal. Please note: you will need enough metal for the back plate, which will be a little large than your design.
Materials kit fee: (bring check or cash - exact change is appreciated)
- $45. Materials Kit includes: 2" x 2" sterling silver sheet, solder, sandpaper, and silver for ear-wire or bail.
Last day to cancel for a full refund: October 30, 2021.
About the instructor, Michele Throne
Michele’s first dip into metalsmithing started with a high school class. She then picked it back up after getting her BFA at Florida State University. She’s been a full time jeweler for 11 years, and has been teaching art since 1998 and metalsmithing since 2012. She has taught workshops in Estes Park, Boulder Metalsmithing Association, and now at Silver Peak Studio.
Her deep love and appreciation for everything outdoors and love for people inspire her to create jewelry focused on nature and the human experience.