Cascading Dewdrops

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Cascading Dewdrops

Level
Intermediate
Session
3 hours
Description
We will cover all the basics to metal work in this class: shaping, forming, soldering and sawing. Students will learn how to create silver granules to enhance their projects along with sweat soldering and sawing metal.

Tools

Some tools will be provided by the instructor. Please refer to your registration.
  • 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.)
  • Bezel Shears

    Used to cut metal sheet. There are many available on the market, any of which will work, however they should NOT be serrated. (Tin snips or airplane shears will also work, however, they may be large and cumbersome.) If the project has curves in the design and you own a pair, bring curved bezel shears. This is an optional item for most classes. Shears will be provided for use during classes.
  • Tool C-clamp

    C-clamp

    To be used with bench pins to clamp to tables. May be found at any local hardware store. Must be at least 3 inches. 
  • Cut Lube

    Used to lubricate saw blades and drill bits for ease of cutting.
  • Tool Fine Tweezers

    Fine Tweezers

    Used for moving small parts. Classes requiring fine tweezers will not work with fire tweezers. These are a cheap investment. Please be bring some. Optional for most classes.
  • Tool Hand Tools

    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.
       
  • Jeweler’s Saw

    Used for cutting sheet metal and metal tubes. Instructor will provide for every class needed.
  • 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.


  • Needle File Set

    Used for filing smaller pieces of metal and tight places. When required, either diamond coated or fine tooth is preferred. Some students may prefer to use smaller files as opposed to the student files for their projects.
  • Tool Ott Light or Task Lamp

    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.
  • Soldering Kit

    (Optional) 
    Items in this Soldering Kit will be provided for use during the class. If you are interested in ordering a kit please click on the image. Kit includes: Butane torch, butane, 1 tube solder paste, fire tweezers, copper tweezers, Sparex, tripod with mesh, flux, soldering board. (Note: kit will be delivered at class. If you require the kit prior to class please contact us to make arrangements.

  • Soldering Pick

    A small, pointed instrument designed to help you move solder into place.
  • Student Files

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