Apply Your Skills – 4 Beginner Metalsmithing Projects
- Length16 min 10 sec
Take what you have learned from our other soldering videos and watch Ganoksin instructors Pattie Parkhurst and Richard Sweetman work on 4 beginner ring styles that you can emulate at your own bench. Pattie and Richard guide you through making a round wire ring out of both silver and copper, a wide band ring and a sweat soldered ring in this tutorial.
We recommend watching this video after watching Introduction to Soldering and Soldering Techniques from Beginner to Advanced and Troubleshooting Soldering.
Tools and Supplies:Smith® Silver Smith™ Acetylene & Air Torch Kit w/ hose and regulator#2 torch head for the Smith® torchAcetylene tankStrikerSoldering bricks15 in. crescent wrenchTweezersCross-locking tweezersSoldering pick - titaniumPaste flux - whiteHard, medium, easy and extra easy solderPickle solutionBrass, copper or silver scrap metalCopper tongsSafety glassesLeak detectTorch igniterSolderite padsCharcoal bricksFlat nosed pliersSpray fluxLiquid fluxFlux brushThird-hand
- AuthorPattie Parkhurst and Richard Sweetman
Pattie Parkhurst has been pursuing jewelry craft since she was a young child. This passion led her to pursue metalsmithing in college. After graduating, she worked as a jeweler and continued her education by taking a multitude of workshops taught by master metalsmiths, which expanded her skills tremendously. By 35, Pattie became part owner of a metalsmithing school that specialized in master workshops.
After college, Pattie served on the board of The Colorado Metalsmithing Association (COMA) where she learned the anticlastic raising metal technique. This process involves hammering different metals, over and over on an antler-like form. By immersing herself in this ancient technique, she combines her love for nature and metalsmithing into cohesive nature inspired metal forms.
Her work is mastered and constantly evolving through observational learning, a continuous process that comes from having many jewelry-related businesses. Pattie loves outdoor adventures, guest lecturing, and teaching.
Richard Sweetman is an artist and teacher with a BFA degree from Colorado State and an MFA degree from the University of Oregon. He worked as a goldsmith for George McLean Goldsmith in San Francisco. Richard then taught for many years and has the distinction of starting the Jewelry and Metalwork Program at Arapahoe Community College near Denver. Several summers he continued to learn and sharpen his skills at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine. He currently teaches workshops at his studio and for other guilds.
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