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Learn to make jewelry with us! Boulder Metalsmithing Association offers hands-on workshops (https://www.meetup.com/BoulderMA/events/) taught by world-class instructors, monthly demonstrations and an open studio. Enjoy being part of our local metalsmithing community and take advantage of great member benefits (http://www.bouldermetalsmiths.com/join-boma.html) too.

Boulder Metalsmithing Association is a Colorado 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Our mission is to educate people about the creative and technical skills involved in metalsmithing and to promote the appreciation of metalwork as an art form through demonstrations, workshops and exhibits.

For more information about Boulder Metalsmithing Association, visit http://www.bouldermetalsmiths.com

Upcoming events (5+)

Fold Forming for Jewelry: Working Small with Charles Lewton Brain

Boulder Metalsmithing Association

$465.00

This three day workshop is about using foldforming methods on a smaller scale, aiming for jewelry making, concentrating on techniques that work for jewelry, and the most appropriate foldforming approaches for textures, shapes and designs for small work. Bracelets, brooches and earrings are addressed. Fold forming is a rapid, easily learned way of shaping sheet metal with hand tools. Rather than forcing form upon the material, forms are derived from the natural plasticity, ductility and elasticity of the metal. It's an original invention and is internationally recognized as a new approach to working metal. Developed steadily since 1980, many schools teach it and thousands of people use the methods. Shaping is extremely efficient and fast (many radical changes in cross section and surface can be made in 3-5 minutes). Tools are simple; fingers, hands, hammers, mallets, anvils and rolling mills. Complex high relief forms are produced from single sheets of metal often with a single annealing. These shapes resemble chased, constructed and soldered forms. The techniques work with all metals and are applicable for jewellery, holloware, sculpture, enamelling, anodizing etc. PREREQUISITES students should have a basic knowledge of soldering and sawing COST $465 for Members, $525 for non-members. Difference will be collected in class. ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR Fold Forming was invented in the late 1980s by Charles Lewton-Brain, an English-born goldsmith who lived and studied in Tanzania, the United States, and Germany before moving to Canada. Outside of the Industrial Revolution, the method represents the first major innovation in metalworking in thousands of years. Charles published two major books in 2008, Foldforming with Brynmorgen Press, and The Jeweler's Bench Book with MJSA Press. Since 2012 he has co-juried the Lewton-Brain Foldforming Competition, an international online exhibition. In 1996 he began a web site collaboration with Dr. Hanuman Aspler in Thailand. The Ganoksin Project web site is now the largest educational site in the world for jewelers with over 4 million unique visitors a year who linger for an average of 20 pages and a 12,500 member archived, searchable discussion email list called Orchid. His writing started the site. TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT STUDENTS SHOULD BRING Notebook, pens, camera and film for recording samples. Safety goggles and ear plugs or muffs Hammers and mallets. Best are forging and raising hammers Cash or check made out to BoMA for materials kit* MATERIALS KIT* $55 Selection of emery papers 100 grit aluminum oxide paper 5 minute epoxy Thin copper sheet, 24 gauge (0.5mm). Precut Brass wire, 22 gauge, (0.8mm) 18g iron binding wire Amonia Table salt Hydrogen peroxide. Clear (transparent) auto enamel spray paint (or transparent lacquer) Solder (medium or hard wire solder) silicon carbide separating discs and screw mandrels for them 2 cardboard boxes Rubber cement Several Manila file covers Brown (or white) industrial-type paper towel *Materials kit purchase is required for all BoMA workshops. The kit insures all students have the same tools and materials require to learn the technique and allows the instructor and the students to focus on the technique rather than the materials. MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 10. Students will be required to sign a waiver. Participants must be 18 or older. CANCELLATION POLICY You may cancel up to 45 days prior to the start of the class and receive a full refund, less $25 processing. To cancel, send an email to [masked]. Cancellations less than 45 days prior to the start date will not be refunded, In the event we have to cancel a class, you will be notified prior to the start date and will be issued a full refund. Registration is not transferrable. You may not sell your seat to another student. WAITLIST If the class is full, comment below with 'Please add me to the waitlist'

Lecture: Bench Tips for Goldsmiths with Charles Lewton-Brain

Boulder Metalsmithing Association

Don't miss a chance to see and hear master goldsmith Charles Lewton-Brain in person. If you're interested in homemade tools and bench tricks to speed your production and understanding you don't want to miss this lecture. A loose, eclectic collection of short cuts, bench tricks, stonesetting and polishing hints and alternative equipment options for goldsmiths representing decades of goldsmithing tricks gathered together for this presentation. Cheap tool making, jewelers secrets and unexpected sources for tools are described. Attendance is free for BoMA members, $10 for non-members collected at the door. Master goldsmith Charles Lewton-Brain trained, studied and worked in Germany, Canada and the United States. He is the inventor of Fold-Forming, a completely new approach to working sheet metals using simple tools. Charles' work and writing on the results of his technical research have been published internationally. He was a founding partner with Dr. Hanuman Aspler of the Ganoksin Project. Charles published two major books in 2008, Foldforming with Brynmorgen Press, and The Jeweler's Bench Book with MJSA Press. Since 2012 he has co-juried the Lewton-Brain Foldforming Competition, an international online exhibition organized by the Center for Metal Arts and Sue Lacy.

Gold Application Techniques with Charles Lewton Brain

Boulder Metalsmithing Association

$395.00

This two day weekend workshop lets students paint and design with different metal colors onto background metals. The results of a two year research project for the Society of North American goldsmiths, and 25 years of ongoing research. It includes fusion applications (gold painting), making doublee, Keum-boo, depletion gilding (tumbaga, guanin), fusion inlay, overlay, incised overlay procedures and a discussion of fire gilding and substitution approaches. Control factors for free compositional choice are defined and demonstrated. Many of the techniques work well under enamels as given in a presentation to the 1993 Enamelist Society Conference in Cincinnati. This is a very wide ranging and deep way of creating pattern on sheet metals. PREREQUISITES students should have a basic knowledge of soldering and sawing COST $395 BoMA members, $445 for non-members. Non-member difference will be collected at the workshop ​ Materials fee: $TBD (payable to the instructor) ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR Master goldsmith Charles Lewton-Brain trained, studied and worked in Germany, Canada and the United States to learn the skills he uses. His work is concerned with Process and Beauty as well as function. He thinks of decision making in metal as drawing, working with the same sensibilities of mark and commitment as when working with pen and ink. Many pieces use a 'printmaking' approach to working metal, that is that the work is done in separate steps in groups and layers building towards the finished piece. Process and the tensions between nature and structure are part of his concerns. His work and writing on the results of his technical research have been published internationally. TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT STUDENTS SHOULD BRING Notebook, pens, camera to record samples if desired. Sterling sheet in mixed gauges Sterling wire in mixed gauges Various carat 16g gold wire or gold jewellery scrap to make wire and gold enamelling foil Or a minimum one gram 24k gold grain or sheet. (Suggested source is a coin shop) Solder and soldering equipment and supplies, a hemostat is recommended. Your favorite hand tools, saw, pliers, flex shaft etc. Silicon carbide separating discs, and flex shaft screw mandrel for them Safety glasses and ear plugs or muffs Emery paper selection ​Your favorite hammer, chasing tools, stamps, chasing tools etc. Cash or check made out to BoMA for materials kit* ​MATERIALS KIT $55 payable to BoMA Thick copper sheet, 3 mm (1/8th inch), precut Nickel silver or brass wire, 22 gauge, (0.8mm) 16 g (1.5mm) sterling wire, a piece of sterling silver sheet metal, 18g (1.2mm about 1 inch square (2.5cm) One scrap gold ring or mixed scrap gold, about 3 grams for demonstration About 1 gram 24k gold for demonstration Household ammonia, table salt and some large glass or plastic lidded jars. Clear (transparent) auto enamel spray paint, (transparent lacquer) Selection of abrasive papers, (emery papers) Ferric chloride liquid for etching. Potassium Sulfide (liver of sulfur) ​ *Materials kit purchase is required for all BoMA workshops. The kit insures all students have the same tools and materials require to learn the technique and allows the instructor and the students to focus on the technique rather than the materials. MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 10. Students will be required to sign a waiver. Participants must be 18 or older. CANCELLATION POLICY You may cancel up to 45 days prior to the start of the class and receive a full refund, less $25 processing. To cancel, send an email to [masked]. Cancellations less than 45 days prior to the start date will not be refunded, In the event we have to cancel a class, you will be notified prior to the start date and will be issued a full refund. Registration is not transferrable. You may not sell your seat to another student. WAITLIST If the class is full, comment below with 'Please add me to the waitlist'

Intuitive Engineering: Clasps with Alex Boyd

Boulder Metalsmithing Association

$245.00

This is an all new, two day class with Alex Boyd. Students will learn how to make several different types of clasps appropriate for both bracelets and necklaces as well as learn concepts that will allow them to create their own clasp designs. ​ ​Prerequisite Intermediate or advanced metalsmithing skills are required for this class. Cost: $245 BoMA members, $295 for non-members (difference will be collected in class) ​Materials kit: $50 About the Instructor When Alex Boyd was a young boy he stole an enchanted ring from a powerful bruja. That night his slumber was disturbed by a tapping at his window. When he slid the window open a huge raven rushed in, flew around the room and perched on his bookshelf. "I know what you have taken from me," the raven cawed. "I don't know what your talking about," Alex lied, hiding his bejeweled finger behind his back. "No matter. It is your problem now. The wearer of that ring is indentured to create more talismans of power, either for 1000 years or until he makes something so sublime, so perfect, so beautiful that the spell is broken and he is freed." "1000 years it is," Alex said as he thrust the raven out the window and slammed it shut behind her. He has been making jewelry ever since. Students need to bring Chain nose pliers Parallel jaw pliers Half round pliers Flush cutters Tweezers Hand files Needle files Sanding sticks coarse medium and fine Sawframe with 2/0 blade Drill bit approx 1mm Scribe Dividers Bezel roller Bezel pusher 3M bristle disc yellow All your favorite tools you can carry comfortably to class $50 cash or a check made out to Alex for the materials kit Materials Kit $50 (Supplied by Instructor)* Silver, solder Gold will be available to purchase separately by weight Stones will be available to purchase separately starting at $10 *Materials kit purchase is required for all our workshops. The kit insures all students have the same tools and materials required to learn the technique and allows the instructor and the students to focus on the technique rather than the materials. CANCELLATION POLICY You may cancel up to 14 days prior to the start of the class and receive a full refund, less $25 processing. Cancellations occurring less than 14 days prior to the start date will not be refunded. Registration is not transferrable. Students may not sell their seat. In the event we have to cancel a class, you will be notified prior to the start date and will be issued a full refund. MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 10 Students must be over 18 and will be required to sign a waiver

Past events (393)

Steel Bracelet with Cheyenne Hughes

Boulder Metalsmithing Association

$145.00

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