Make the Most of Your Hydraulic Press
Let your press do the heavy lifting with guidance from metalsmith and renowned instructor Melissa Muir. Start by discovering the essential operations of your press and making a stylish pair of earrings using a pancake die. Then, create custom forms, learn different techniques for piercing shapes and explore new riveting options for eye-catching layered pieces. Next, find out how to work with silhouette dies as you make a chic pierced pendant form. Moving on, Melissa shows you how to create bracelet blanks, before forming your pieces using two methods: anticlastic and synclastic. Finally, learn how to fold-form blanks and apply your new skills to stunning bracelets and pendants.
Melissa Muir began making jewelry as a creative outlet during her career as a professional computer trainer. Today, she prides herself on never leaving her students "in the dust" as she teaches metalsmithing workshops across the county. Additionally, Melissa works with Potter USA.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet Melissa Muir and start by learning basic operations and guidelines for using your hydraulic press. Then, Melissa will show you how to apply and release pressure, and remove or clean up your shapes, all while creating a pair of earrings using a pancake die.
Achieve new effects using your pancake dies, from forming custom shapes to piercing those shapes for fresh looks. You'll even discover riveting options for assembling layered pieces for a look with great texture and interest.
Explore best practices for using silhouette dies as you create a pendant form. And, learn how to apply jewelry techniques to domed pieces for professional-quality results.
Design and create your own embossed form. Melissa will show you how to emboss texture onto a bracelet blank, and how to cut out bracelet blanks with ease. Then, she shares inspiration and ideas for a variety of treatments and embellishments you can try out in your own work.
Discover the secrets to creating bracelet blanks. Then, learn two different methods to form bracelets: anticlastic and synclastic. You'll also explore variations you can use in future projects.
Finally, Melissa walks you through each step of folding form blanks. Plus, you'll develop an understanding of when you should press fold forms. Then, find out how to apply these techniques to bracelets and T-fold pendants for pieces that demand attention.