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Make the Most of Your Hydraulic Press

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Item # 15241094
Instructor : Melissa Muir
$29.99 $19.99
Skill Level 2 : Some experience
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.   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. More
Learn safe and efficient techniques for getting the most from your hydraulic press as you make beautiful pendants, earrings and bracelets.

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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. 
 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.
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   Melissa Muir

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

1 . Hydraulic press, including jack with gauge
2 . Pancake die opener
3 . 2" contained  urethane with pusher (95- and 65-durometer) 
4 . 3" 95-durometer urethane
5 . Bracelet frame
6 . Anticlastic formers (large and small)
7 . Synclastic formers (large and small)
8 . Texture plates and urethane (bracelet)
9 . Spacers
10 . Extended platens for bracelet dies
11 . Round anvil
12 . Soldering supplies
13 . Bench block and vise 
14 . Flexshaft and/or drill press
15 . Center punch
16 . Pliers
17 . Cutters 
18 . Files (large and small) 
19 . Jeweler's saw and blades
20 . Deluxe four-hole and three-hole punches
21 . Gwen’s Riveting Essentials
22 . Small round-ended riveting hammer 
23 . Bracelet and ring mandrels
24 . Rawhide mallet
25 . Calipers 
26 . Dividers 
27 . Sandpaper 
28 . Polishing accessories
29 . 3M radial discs  
30 . 2" disc cutter
31 . Liver of sulfur
32 . Dapping set
33 . Bezel and tube setting tools 
34 . 22- to 18-gauge sheet (silver, copper, brass)
35 . 28-gauge for fold-formed and silhouette-formed pendant 
36 . 20-, 18-, 16-, 14-gauge wire (silver, copper)
37 . Beads or crystals

Lesson Plan: What you Learn

Lesson 1 : Get to Know Your Press
00:13:37

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.

Lesson 2 : Next Steps With Your Die Cuts
00:22:03

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.

Lesson 3 : Silhouette Dies
00:23:26

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.

Lesson 4 : Embossing
00:18:57

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.

Lesson 5 : Bracelets
00:20:48

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.

Lesson 6 : Fold-Formed Jewelry
00:21:08

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.



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