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NEW CLASSES! Copper, Bronzes, & Steel: A 4-Part Series in May

Posted by C Scheftic on 2014/04/08

In addition to the workshops I’ve offered in fine silver for what seems like ages now, I’ve also been teaching classes in these non-precious metals too, mostly on-demand private or semi-private sessions, plus a few in local bead shops. All were relatively short, covering just one or two techniques in one or two day (or evening) events only.

Now, I’ve taken the best of the best and spiffed them up with some of the things I’ve learned in the last year with Hadar’s group of teachers worldwide. And I’m thrilled to be offering that great new combination in a four-session series, on Sunday afternoons in May, in my studio in the Regent Square (Swissvale) neighborhood, just east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Whether you’re a beginner, or already have some experience with metal clay, you will make at least four separate items: a bracelet, a pair of earrings, and two pendants. Some may involve a single metal; others will combine various bronze formulas with copper and/or steel. You’ll learn every step of the process, from design through basic construction and on to final finishing for your pieces.

You’ll get to use at least three different metals (from yellow bronze, champagne bronze, dark champagne bronze, iron bronze, rose bronze, copper, and/or steel). Don’t know the difference between them? You’ll learn that too!

We’ll meet each Sunday in May (4, 11, 18, and 25*), from 12 to 5 pm. That’s 20 whole hours of instruction in a small class (max 6 students)!

* Yes, May is such a busy month! We will meet on Mother’s Day. But let me know if you’re hesitant to sign up simply because May 25 is part of the Memorial Day weekend. Several alternatives for that final date are possible!

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2 Responses to “NEW CLASSES! Copper, Bronzes, & Steel: A 4-Part Series in May”

  1. Jenny E. said

    Wish I lived near you so I could go!! I have lots of problems combining Hadar’s steel and white bronze clays with anything (the two temperature extremes….). Love, Jenny

    • C Scheftic said

      I know Pennsylvania is a long way from you but … if you should ever find yourself anywhere near … do let me know. I’m happy to schedule sessions by-request.

      In the meantime, I’ll admit that I’ve never even tried to combine steel with white bronze. Why are you wanting to use white bronze? It is just a very tricky clay to work with: narrowest range between sintered and over-fired to begin with, plus it fires so much lower than the others that it’s always a two-step process, and even when it’s fully sintered it’s so fragile (more like glass than metal) that, in the end, I’ve done little more than paint it over bronze (and refire) when I wanted its “white” color. (And, even then, it often looks rather dull / gray to me.)

      Have you tried white satin? On its own or instead of WB? It still takes some design / planning, because steel will be a bit underfired at white satin temps (which matters more or less depending on how you use how much of each), but I find it much easier to fire than WB and it does polish up to a nice “white metal” color.

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