Forming station in Bill Dorman's workshop

Forming station in Bill Dorman's workshop

Metal Techniques for jewellery,  small Objects and SculptUre.


Bill Dorman is a sculptor, jeweller and teacher (more about Bill, and Bill's website). This workshop will cover a range of techniques for working with metals in sculptural context, and a range of techniques for "not so fine" jewellery.  This is not specifically a jewellery course. It will cross across metals and techniques that can be used in jewellery or for inclusion in woodwork, small sculpture or wherever your fancy takes you. Feel free to contact Bill before hand with special requests or questions. 

This is the second of 3 workshops  in our Metal Month - you can do one oral 3. Individually the workshop is $890.

There is a special discounted price of $2000 for all 3 workshops.

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In this 3 day workshop we will look at:

 ·      Safety- have fun while staying alive.

·      What your tools can do and what they shouldn’t do.

·      Getting to know your metals and what you can do with them.

·      Analysing your junk.

·      Initial design ideas.

·      Marking out and pattern making

·      Cutting metals

o   Plasma cutter

o   sawing

o  Tin snips

o   Angle grinder

o   Guillotine

o   Chisel

·      Joining techniques

o   Welding steel- oxy/acetylene,  Mig and stick welding. (not Aluminium)

o   Soldering and brazing similar and dissimilar metals

o   Riveting

o   Wiring

o   Folding

·      Shaping metal.

o   Sheet, bar and wire.

o   Hammers and stakes

o   Heating

o  Heating and fusing

o  Score folding

·      Texturing your surfaces

o   Mechanical

o   Heating

o  Printing techniques using rolling mill

o  Hammer texturing

·      Adjusting and repurposing old tools

o  Looking at how a tool functions to work out what else it can do

o  Make texturing punches 

We will work on rotation with the Plasma cutter, MIG and oxy/acetylene welders so as all participants have adequate time to build up skills on these tools.

This is not a blacksmithing course although we will be using heat to shape metal and there are a lot of crossover areas.

All participants need sturdy, fully covered shoes, earmuffs, safety glasses and natural fibre clothing that fully covers skin for MIG or stick welding. Long hair needs to be restrained.

Feel free to bring your own metal tools and maybe learn a bit more about how to use them. Old hammers and chisels are good to make texturing tools with. Bring some junk metal or old pieces of metal or metal objects that inspire you. 

Buy a place in this class now.  Buy a place in all three workshops now.

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