Carving Techniques 2017 with Tom Herman
Monday - Friday, June 12-16, 10-6pm
Carve heavy metals and learn to sculpt metal into ornamental patterns into existing work. Students will focus on developing chasing, engraving, and piercing skills as well as make chasing tools, modify hammers, and mount and sharpen gravers.
Leaves or flora and fauna from nature are great studies for this course. (Working from a 3-D object is advised versus working from memory or a 2-D image.) Lay out patterns on metal with tracing punches (students will make in class) and add contour and detail to the piece by drilling, piercing and then shaping it with gravers and texturing punches. Students should come with clear ideas on what they would like to achieve and how these techniques will enhance their own work.
Tom recommends that students come prepared with a design, which is then transferred to metal sheet with a tracing punch. He uses a method to give the developing piece support without using pitch, which allows you to chase it and really move the metal.
Students will learn to modify hammers, make chasing tools, to sharpen and mount gravers, and use chisels while providing the skills needed to get started creating any ornamental piece. Students can work towards a finished piece of jewelry in almost any metal material including gold (not provided), but should focus on practicing the techniques so that they can continue to build upon their knowledge in their home studios.
Carving the Metal:
Students should bring to class (any or all of the below):
Blank Bands - Bronze, stainless steel, nickel, or silver/argentium
Castings of your work you want to clean up
2-3mm blank plates
Gems you want to design around
Designs you would like to make
Tool steel for punches
1 - 1.6mm Flat graver and handle
3 - 1mm Onglet graver and handles
1 - 1.2mm Round graver and handle
No raw materials will be provided for this class. Sheet metal is available for purchase or you may buy your own. You have the option to make a ring (more complicated) or a flat design that you can enhance through the chasing process. All metal should be between 1.5-2mm thick (16-12g).
Students must bring their own materials and graver ball, or rent one from CSJA for $25. These graver balls will be available for purchase after the class (the cost of the rental will be deducted from the total price).
Tuition: $985 + $75 Kit Fee (Students must bring their own materials and graver ball, or rent one from CSJA)
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