Friday, March 5, 2010

Pins for Yuma Symposium 2010

Here are a few images of the 80 pins I made to swap with friends at the Yuma Symposium this year. Making this volume requires a different skill set and the processes and designs will frequently appear in my retail work. Each is approximately 1"x1.5" and made of 18 gauge copper sheet with sterling wire and turquoise bead.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Idyllwild "Metals Week" 2010

I feel priviledged to be asked to teach again at Idyllwild this summer. The class I am teaching involves the forging of a neck collar and then the fabrication of a slide/s to be used on the collar.

Idyllwild is located in the San Bernadino Mountains south of Palm springs. It is an inspirational setting for creating. I am looking forward to meeting all the students. I am including the link to the flyer announcing the programs for this year.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Custom Made Chasing Tools on the Web

The processes of repoussage and chasing have long been a passion of mine and I have had the pleasure of teaching several classes on the combined techniques. The availability of well made tools is always an issue when I teach. The first portion of my classes involve the making of appropriate tools for the projects we have scheduled.

This post will look at what is currently available in custom made tools. I have not intentionally omittted anyone from the list and I solicit further entries from anyone making custom chasing and repousse tools.

The order is no indication of preference or the quality of tools.

Valentine Yotkov
Matt Weber
Kirsten Skiles
Genevieve Flynn
Mark Gardner
Gene Olsen
Victoria Landsford
Rene Bluhm-Landsmann
Pauline Warg
Liza Nechamkin
Fabrizio Aquafresa
Saign Charlestein

Hope you find this useful.