This course will be a focus on a variety of mixed metal processes. The different methods will involve working with wire, sheet and tube. We will explore the different ways mixed metal work can be approached, with introductions to soldering and fusing.
A first presentation to working with wire will start the course. Techniques including twisting and weaving will be covered, each revealing a different pattern and texture depending on which technique is used. Each individual processes will be taught in great detail, highlighting the rich effects that can be gained by applying quite simple changes to the technique.
The techniques we will cover are different to the well-known process of Mokume Gane. The course focus lies in constructing a material, allowing the structure of the material that has built up naturally in the making process to be integral to the final pattern. Mokume Gane will however also be discussed but hopefully with intention to finding new approaches to working with it.
Understanding solder alloys will be very important for some of the techniques, so an introduction to making solder will be an important part of the course. It is essential for some of the techniques for us to make or own solder wire, however it is also a useful skill both to save time and money in the workshop.
We will look at each of the results from the different approaches differently and be able to see how designing with mixed metals is very important. Mechanical properties of the materials we make but also the aesthetic challenges will both be discussed and studied during the course.
Finally each student will be able to generate a great understanding of a range of techniques, with a steady focus in the last days to make a piece of jewellery. Knowledge of forming and finishing will be covered resulting in a firm foundation of mixed metal working skills.
teacher: Patrick Davison