Harmonizing Metal

Harmonizing Metal

Details

Level: Intermediate        Sessions: 1        Hours: 3 hours

Project Overview

Construct harmonic mechanical orbs by assembling hollow forms that chime as they are worn. Every piece will resonate a unique tone depending on its maker. 
 

Tools

  • Bench Block (steel or anodized aluminum) - Used as a hammering surface for metal stamping or working with metal. 

  • Bench pin – There are a variety of bench pins available on the market, any will do. However, you will need to bring a 4” or larger C-clamp. As the C-clamp provided with a bench pin does not fit most tables at the shows. (Note that if you are attending Bead and Button or Beadfest shows, C-clamps will be provided.)

  • Bunisher – Used to burnish or smooth the surface of metal. 

  • Butane Torch – Great for small soldering projects, annealing and torch fired enameling. Instructor will provide torch and butane for every class needed. (1 for every 2 people.)

  • Cut Lube – Used to lubricate saw blades and drill bits for ease of cutting. 

  • Divider – Used to score metal to create lines for cutting. May also be used to aid in measuring for consistency. 

     

  • Fire Tweezers – Used for handling hot metal. A must in soldering situations. Instructor will provide for every class needed.

  • Tool Hand Tools

    Basic hand tools – Any quality is appropriate for my classes. These do not need to be high end or expense.

    • Round nose - Typically it is preferred that the round nose be a fine tip. Especially for classes with detailed wire work.
    • Chain/needle nose – Tapered jaws for general metal and wire work. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes. Typically requested for classes to be used for opening and closing jump rings; in which case, 2 pairs are requested or a combination of chain nose and flat nose is suitable.
    • Flat nose – Similar to chain nose but the jaws are not tapered. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes. 
  • Household hammer – Any hammer that is at least 8 oz. or heavier to be used with metal stamps. It does not need to be brass. 

  • Tool Magnifier or Optivisor

    Magnifier or Optivisor – For almost all classes this is listed as an “As Needed” tool. If you have sight challenges it is recommended that you are properly prepared. For advance stone setting classes this is required! If you decide to use reading glasses consider better than 2.5x. 

     

  • Tool Metal Dap Set

    Metal Dap Set – Used to dap metal to create a cup shape. 3 sets will be provided during classes to share. If you are bringing a set, please check with the instructor for needed sizes. Usually an entire set is needed for a class, only parts. This will lessen the weight you need to carry. 

  • Tool Ott Light

    Ott Light or Task Lamp - This is optional item that is listed for every class. It is up to you to determine whether or not you will need to have one depending on your vision. 

  • Rawhide/Leather Mallet – Shape and flatten metal without marring it. #2 mallet is a standard size. Instructor will provide for every class needed. A yellow nylon mallet may be used in its place, however a rubber one may not.

  • Side Cutters - Also known as wire cutters or snippers.

    For many of my classes I prefer Ultra Flush side cutters because it eases the workload. Ultra flush is the most flush you can buy as opposed to just flush cutters. If you don't own a pair of Ultra Flush cutters, you may want to invest in a good pair either Lindstrom or Swanstrom. There is usually not a different in price between ultra and just flush cutters so why not just buy the best?

    The image shows just a side cutter (top) and ultra flush (bottom).

     

  • Student Files – Standard size is 2/o. For filing metal. . Instructor will provide to share for every class needed. 

  • Tripod with mesh – By using a tripod instead of soldering board you are reducing heat sink. Tripods are also used for torch fired enameling. Instructor will provide for every class needed.