Micah  Kirby

With a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Furniture Design and Sculpture from Indiana University Herron School of Art and Design, Micah redirected his love of art, found objects and sculptural elements to unique contemporary furniture, jewelry and sculptures.  He has training in cabochons, advanced chain making, cold connections, design, fold forming, inlay, and silver fabrication. He has spent the last 4 years working as studio & teaching assistant to Chuck Bruce Designs.

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Etching - Micah Kirby
Learn a design driven approach to Electro Etching. Gain knowledge using multiple masking techniques, oil-based marker, vinyl, P-n-P, and photosensitive paper as resists on metal. Acquire experience with two, non-caustic and non-gas producing electrolyte solution, salt and cupric nitrate.  Low voltage power supplies will be our power source to initiate etching. Copper and silver will be the main metals we use for this course (others can be used). It is recommended to use the internet to find images that interest you. Find simple designs and be careful of trademarked images. I will have some designs available to use.  Lab fee will include the first project and consumables. All other metals in select shapes can be purchased or feel welcome to bring your own metal. (18GA or 20GA for bracelets, 20GA for pendants and 24GA. for earrings)

Lab Fee: $150.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None

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Silver II - Electro Etching w/ Silver Fabrication - Micah Kirby
Class will incorporate a design driven approach using and focusing on the technique of Electro Etching. Electro Etching can create interesting textures/patterns for unique design elements in silver jewelry fabrication. Emphasis will be on, two of the Electro Etching masking techniques (paint pen and Laser toner), design and finished goods. Silver I: Electro Etching is beneficial, but not required. Silver I with soldering, is required Three projects will be constructed maybe more if time allows. The first two projects will be included in the lab fee. Project 1, Two pairs of earrings (demonstrating two methods of fabrication) and project 2, Electro Etched Pendent. Project 3 will be a Cuff or Belt Buckle (student’s choice). I always Prefer to use my own tools! I recommend bringing your toolbox with your full scope of pliers, solder picks, cross locks and all the tools you might use to create work at home that will fit in your toolbox. Lab fee covers sterling silver for the first two projects, Pripps flux, silver wire solder, 3M and black Cratex wheels on Dremel points, green scrubby, pencil, Decocolor marker, teflon sheet and disposable goods. Additional silver will be available. I will allow you to bring your own materials if you so choose.

Lab Fee: $150.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $100-300
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: Silver I soldering 

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