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Sat 12/2 10:00 - 4:00
Filework- Carving Metal Bands
A technique used by some knife makers, the filework technique enhances rings, bracelets, or thick walled bezels. Traditionally used on the spine of a blade of a folding knife, this technique adds interest and originality to an ordinary piece. We start out with a band of square wire, and use filework to take away portions of metal. This technique can be symmetrical, or freeform depending on your whim. Using small files, sawing, then refining the design will open up a whole new world of ideas.
Skill Level: Basic 101 and Basic 2
Lab Fee: $5
Materials: Students can prepare their own rings or purchase in class ($25 per sterling ring)
Sat 12/9 10:00 - 4:00
This one-day workshop is geared for students interested in learning how to solder non-ferrous metals using hard silver soldering techniques. We'll cover everything from jump rings to elaborate constructions. Get an in-depth knowledge of what torch is appropriate for your needs, the difference between solders and fluxes, as well as a variety of soldering techniques including butt joints, sweat and point soldering. The use of heat sinks, binding techniques and set-up will be covered as well. There are many approaches to soldering, this workshop will help make you more comfortable with a torch in your hand.
Skill Level: Basic 101, 2 and 3
Lab Fee: $10