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[Workshop] [FL] Tom Muir -Creative mechanisms

FSG is offering a workshop on

Tom Muir -Creative Mechanisms: Hinges, Catches, Swivels, Gears,
Springs and More

This hands-on workshop will focus on hinges, catches and mechanisms
that are creatively integrated into the participant’s work. Through
technical demonstrations, discussions, visual images and an
examination of various samples, special emphasis will be placed on
problem-solving and creative applications useful to a variety of
formats and approaches.

Engineering principles of mechanisms will be discussed, along with
useful soldering and fabrication strategies, which can be applied to
numerous procedures in the jeweler’s and metalsmith’s studios. During
the hands-on segment of the workshop, at least two hinges(standard
and integral) and up to three mechanisms (may include universal
joint, key catch, and/or bayonette catch with stainless steel spring)
will be produced by each student.

Additional mechanisms that will be examined including: Hinges:
universal joint, cradle, offset; Catches: tube, box, tension,
threaded, and offset along with stainless steel springs, swivel
devices and threading. Other mechanisms: swivels, gears, springs and
pinstems. The focus is on developing an understanding of the subject
matter, with creative applications of topics covered and innovative
solutions to given problems. Basic sawing, filing and soldering
skills are necessary for this workshop.

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Jean Marie DeSpiegler
Florida Society of Goldsmiths