Silver I.5 - Vaughn Millner
Silver 1.5: Hydraulic press forming, fold forming, texturing, and finishing techniques - Vaughn Millner. This course is designed for those who have some experience with silver but are not yet ready for Silver II. Emphasis in this class will be on the hydraulic press, fold forming, and texturing silver. From demonstrations, detailed written instructions and personal attention, students will strengthen their skills in jewelry design, forming, texturing, soldering, filing, and polishing/finishing. In addition, students will practice depletion gilding, bezel making and stone setting. Participants will explore jewelry design while learning safety techniques, tool use, fabrication, and surface applications through at least three step-by-step instructor-led projects. The lab fee includes solder, flux, saw blades, finishing wheels, and handouts. Tools are provided, but students may bring their own tools. For the selected projects, a kit will be prepared that includes all needed metals. The cost of the kit will be determined by current market prices. Students, however, may bring their own flat and round/oval shaped gemstones or purchase them from instructors. OptiVISORs and safety glasses are suggested. Close-toed shoes are required.