With the rising price of precious metals it is becoming increasingly
more important for studio artists to develop the ability to form the
mill products they need in their own studio. Being able to produce
sheet, wire, and tubing is an essential skill for goldsmiths and the
knowledge of fabricating these items in house allows the artist to
make better and more cost efficient use of their precious materials.
Michael David Sturlin will present “Studio Essentials” a workshop on
these specific skills May 21/22 in Boston. The focus of this workshop
is on alloying, amalgamating, and forming mill products from scratch
in house. We will learn how to calculate materials, how to pour
ingots, and to anneal and form precious metal stock in the desired
size and shape efficiently and with confidence.
We will be producing many varieties of sheet, wire, and tubing and
will work with the torch, ingot molds, rolling mill, drawplates, and
draw bench. Students are encouraged to bring their own precious metal
to work with; during the workshop each participant can make whatever
forms of metal will be appropriate for use on their own studio
projects after the class.
For those students not yet ready to invest in gold, precious metal
will be provided to learn with during the class.
Michael David Sturlin