Karen - where I live everyone is only interested in what I call
"make and take" workshops. I show up with tools and materials; the
fee they pay covers everything; they walk off with a finished piece.
Everyone is happy.
One folks love is to make cuff bracelets. I use 18 gauge, their
choice of copper or brass, cut 1" wide and 6" long. I bring an
assortment of hammers and stamps; bench blocks; saws and some really
cool beginner’s bench pins I got from Rio that clamp the metal; a
bracelet mandrel; and one acetylene air torch for ME to use to anneal
the bracelets as needed. They learn to hammer, saw if they want,
file, sand, watch me anneal, then they shape the bracelet on the
mandrel and walk out with a finished piece they love. I usually have
one or two sterling silver blanks on hand just in case anyone wants
to pay the difference. Around here they almost never do.
I also do a class where we make earrings and a pendant - I bring in
purchased findings for the ear wires and bail; they do the metal
work for the dangles and pendant. For that one I suggest they bring a
leaf to trace, and I also bring templates of leaves they can trace.
They cut out their leaves - small for the earrings and larger for the
pendant - then hammer to texture, file, learn to drill, and again, go
home with a finished product.
At Christmas time I do an ornament make and take - 3" squares of
copper or brass, bring the tools and templates, they walk out with
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