Mastering the Jeweler's Saw with Michael David Sturlin--August 13-15, 2019, 9am-5pm
The jeweler's saw is one of the most functional and versatile tools on the goldsmith's bench--skilled use of the saw is an essential fundamental skill for jewelry makers. This class provides expert instruction in sawing and piercing techniques under the direction of a master goldsmith as students learn to perfect their skills with tool and technique.
Sawing and piercing are more than just a way to cut metal; the techniques of sawing and piercing open up great opportunities for creativity, technical virtuosity, and elaborate design in jewelry making. Because it requires so little equipment, this technique is truly an application of minimalism in the studio.
Participants begin with a series of practical exercises sawing lines, shapes, cutouts, patterns, decorative borders, and repetitive elements. As students refine their skill and increase confidence they move forward to more complex applications, learning several methods to transfer images from paper and layout precise designs directly on metal. The final project for this class is a silver pendant featuring a pierced and lifted prong setting for a cabochon gemstone.
This intensive workshop is suitable for all levels; no prior metalsmithing experience is required. Class fee includes 3 days of instruction, all necessary supplies, and a metals kit providing silver, copper, and brass to complete projects; students will need to bring a cabochon of their choice (any shape, not larger than 25x25mm) for final project. A student tool list will be sent to students prior to class.
Reserve your seat here via PayPal or call the studio at 616-607-2470. Payment arrangements available.