Copper Etching, Texturing and Colour I

Instructor: Miranda Jones
January 26-27
9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday
Room 117 Williams Building
$235 plus $150 materials and toolkit
Prerequisite: none

This class will delve into the basics of designing in copper for decorative metal art and jewelry. We will cover the basics of cutting, texturing and detailing copper using mechanical and chemical processes with two different etching techniques as the main focus of the class. We will also explore simple shaping to create dimension and enhance forms then finally look at polishing and a variety of colour finishes. This class would be a great lead up or adjunct to the Community Arts jewelry design courses. 

Supplies

The materials fees includes the copper and a variety of tools. In addition, students should bring:

  • ESSENTIAL: SAFETY GLASSES. All students should have comfortable safety glasses or overglasses. Because our face shapes vary, safety glasses are best purchased individually for fit (if not for style!). These MUST be worn when handling power rotating tools and chemicals. 
  • Optional: Optivisor. This jewelers magnifying visor is not essential but is highly recommended for anyone who is seriously interested in jewelry making. These can be purchased at Razortop Industries in Martensville. 
  • Gloves: We will supply disposable neoprene gloves but if you have a favorite personal pair of non slip gardeners gloves please bring these. 
  • Work apron. A heavy cotton or soft leather apron to protect your clothes from splashes and stains and to catch small bench bits. 
  • Masking tape (painter's tape) or packing tape or black electricians tape.
  • Sketch book and pencil or pen.
  • Sharpie markers. Fine and medium point 
  • Any previous work you wish to share or objects you wish to bring to help inspire your creativity... for example, sea shells, leaves, seed pods etc. 
  • Prismacolour pencils (For day two, not essential but bring them if you have them). 
  • Fluid acrylic paints and fine watercolour brushes. (For day two, also not essential but bring them if you have them.) 
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