Boot Camp In Metals and Fire

Boot Camp in Metals and Fire – Linda Searcy

Wildacres – August 21-27, 2017

This week long workshop will focus on essential jewelry fabrication techniques and is a great place to jump start the absolute beginner metalsmith. Using silver and copper, we will cover sawing, soldering, filing, texturing, and much more. We will fabricate rings and pendants – create simple bezels to set stone cabochons. Ring and pendant blanks will created with the hydraulic press and pancake dies. Hand held butane torches will be used to solder pieces together. If time permits, we will cover tube setting small faceted gemstones.
Instructor will have limited hand tools and larger equipment (flex shaft, large torch, press) to share. Students are encouraged to bring own personal hand tools: saw frame, hand files, hand pliers (wire nippers, round nose, flat nose), small ball pein hammer, etc. Feel free to bring your power dremel (not battery type) and accessory bits if you have them.
Lab / material fee ($185) will include sufficient wire and sheet metal (fine silver, sterling silver, copper) to make several pieces, stone cabochons, faceted gemstones, and consumable supplies (torch fuel, flux, solder, pickle, sand paper). Additional metal, stone cabochons and gemstones will be available for purchase.
Feel free to send email if you have questions –
Maximum number of students: 6

Linda Searcy, Metalsmith Artist Bio-

After retirement from 20 years in information technology field, 6 years ago I found a new passion in jewelry making. After a year in wire work, I took metalsmith classes at several local craft centers and have been forging, soldering and fabricating mostly one-of-a-kind metal jewelry ever since.  I continue to take classes and workshops from other artists and instructors to add to and enhance my repertoire of metalsmith techniques which include sawing/piercing, soldering, stone setting, enameling, chasing/repousse, casting, fold forming, and cold connections.

I have taught beginning jewelry metalsmith classes at the Durham Arts Council (Durham, NC) from September 2013 through March 2016 and the NCSU Crafts Center (Raleigh, NC) from July 2014 and will continue through the Spring semester 2017.

As a natural progression to jewelry making, in February 2013 I took my first lapidary class cutting cabochons/opals at the NC State University Crafts Center. Then I continued with my first faceting class at William Holland in May 2013. My first faceted gemstone in that class was a rutilated quartz – the gemstone was good enough to be selected for publication in the Lapidary Journal’s annual The Gemmys 2015.

See my website where I market both jewelry and lapidary work – along with social media Facebook and Instagram.