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Learn basic shell forming techniques to create jewelry and objects with three-dimensionality, and escape from the flat lands! Shell forming encompasses the basic structures that metalsmiths of antiquity used to make hollowware like goblets and teapots. Pod forms, lily forms, shallow bowls, and hollow bangles are all examples of basic shell forming techniques. All of the structural techniques taught in this class can be combined and modified to create endlessly complex structures, or utilized to make a beautifully simple hollow earring.
You will also learn to make some of your own simple forming tools to take home, and how to make hollow rings, and small dishes. And we will go over ergonomics for longevity of working abilities, and stretching to avoid stiff muscles and carpal tunnel.
• How to make shell formed lily shaped earrings
• Making a spiculum (pod form or tubular structure with varying diameter)
• How to form a torus (donut)
• How to make a bangle bracelet with beads, peas in a pod style
• How to make a tool to form a hollow torus ring
• Making a lentiform (flying saucer or lentil shape) and the tool to make it!
• Making a freeform saucer
This class is offered as a 6 week (one 3 hour session a week) course or as a 3 day workshop.
Kit of materials and use of tools included.
Kit of materials and use of tools included. Each student has their own jewelry bench full of tools to use during the workshop. Students are not required to bring anything extra for class.
Please note: This technique could be difficult for people who have existing neck or back injuries.
If the class is sold out, call if you'd like to be added to a wait list.
A good understanding of soldering and the use of hand tools and finishing techniques is required. The more you know the more we can talk about shell forming without it being too challenging. We recommend students have at least taken a Basic Jewelry 1 class at Silvera Jewelry School or have the equivalent skills in sawing, filing, soldering precious metals, polishing with power tools and use of hammers. Recent practice with these skills is also recommended.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley CA