Perforated Steel Pop-up Workshop
March 24-26

Live online class
Class fee: $300
Kit of supplies: $65 plus shipping 

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About This Live Online Workshop

Of all the forms of steel available, perforated steel is the most exciting and interesting. Perforated steel sheet has been stamped or punched to create different hole sizes, shapes and patterns. It is produced in a wide range of patterns—circles, squares, honeycomb, slotted, octagon, expanded and more—and offers a whole new area of exploration. 
 
In this workshop, we will unlock the creative potential of perforated steel, starting with the fundamentals of sourcing and ordering it, cutting, forming and soldering it, and creating bezels, bails and frames with it. Then we’ll kick things up a notch to explore the creative aspects of perforated steel by learning to visualize different design possibilities. As part of this exploration, you will learn to combine different perforated steel patterns, create dimensional shapes with perforated steel, finish edges, ends, seams and corners, combine wire with perforated steel, and fuse metals to perforated steel. You will have the opportunity to create at least two pieces of perforated steel jewelry. 

 

The workshop will consist of a two-hour session each day March 24-26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. PDT. The class will consist of lecture, pre-recorded demo videos, discussion and a class assignment. An optional Open Studio session will be held each afternoon at 4 p.m. to discuss your work, answer questions and troubleshoot any issues. Although the Open Studio is optional it is a valuable part of the workshop and you are encouraged to attend. Note that if you are in a different time zone please make note of the correct time for your area.


The workshop is suitable for all levels; however, basic metalsmithing skills such as sawing, soldering and forming will be helpful.

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Registration Deadline

March17 for U.S. students
March 3 for non-U.S. students (Note that shipping of kits may be limited for certain locations.)

 

Kit

$65 plus shipping USPS flat rate small box
For U.S. students, kits will be shipped approximately at least one week before the class start.

For non-U.S. students the timing and shipping cost will be based on location.

 

  • 8 pieces of perforated steel sheet in various patterns 5" x 8"

  • 2 pieces of steel sheet 5" x 8"

  • Black annealed wire 10g 12"

  • Black annealed wire 16g 24"

  • Sample of Metal Wax for sealing

  • Brass scratch brush

  • 3M mesh scrub pad

  • Cheese cloth

  • Handouts (Patterns for two class projects, course presentation handouts, and source sheets for purchasing materials and supplies)

 

Student Supplies

A list of the tools and supplies that you will need for the workshop will be sent to you upon registration. Note that you will need either a dual gas torch (oxy/propane or oxy/acetylene) or an acetylene/air torch for this workshop. Smaller torches such as butane, MAPP and Orca do not produce enough heat for steel. 

 

Workshop Format

The workshop will consist of three parts:

  1. Pre-class pre-recorded videos covering the basics of working with steel will be available one week before the start of the class If you are new to steel, the pre-class videos are a required pre-requisite to the class. The videos, ranging from 6 to 12 minutes will be posted and a link will be sent to all registered students. If you have taken one of my classes in the past or you are comfortable working with steel, the videos are not mandatory, but you are encouraged to review them before class. The videos will be available for 30 days after the end of class.

  2. ​Formal class time will occur March 24-26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. PDT. 

  3. Optional open studio sessions will be held March 24-26 at 4 p.m. PDT. While these sessions are optional, they do offer a valuable opportunity to share progress, ask questions and troubleshoot any issues.


Class recording and demo videos will be available 30 days after the end of the class

Workshop Schedule

(Note that all times are PST. If you are in a different time zone, be sure to note the proper time for your area.)

Pre-class Tutorials—available March 17
If you are new to steel or you want a refresher, pre-class recorded tutorials covering the basics of steel—including, sourcing, cutting, sawing, texturing, forming and soldering steel—will be available for you to watch during the week before the class starts.  In addition, a handout on the basics will be sent to you when the pre-class tutorials become available. 

 

March 24-26 —10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PDT: Working with Perforated Steel

  • Quick review of basics

  • Types of perforated steel available

  • Purchasing perforated steel (Includes pictural guide to perforated steel patterns and sizes)

  • Cutting perforated steel

  • Forming perforated steel

  • Soldering perforated steel

  • Bezels, bails and frames

  • Assignment (cutting blanks)

 

Optional Open Studio – 4 p.m. PDT

 

March 25—10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PDT: Class Two – Designing with perforated steel

  • Working with the perforated pattern

  • Layering perforated steel

  • Combining different perforated steel patterns

  • Creating dimensional shapes

  • Assignment (designing with perforated steel)

 

Optional Open Studio – 4 p.m. PDT

 

March 26—10 a.m.to 12 p.m. PDT:

Class Three – Executing designs with perforated steel

  • Finishing edges, ends, seams and corners

  • Combining wire with perforated steel

  • Fusing metals to perforated steel

  • Patinas and sealing perforated steel (high level)

 

March 26—4 p.m. PDT: Open Studio

Cancellations

Cancellations before the registration deadline will be accepted. If the seat can be filled a full refund will be provided; otherwise 50% of the fee will be refunded.  Cancellations will not be refunded after the registration deadline.

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