Instructor: Sarah Groves
August 20 - 24
Monday - Friday
1 - 4pm
Hammer, saw, file, emboss, dome, stamp and/or rivet copper sheet and wire into copper critters (or jewellery and other objects). And then colour your creations with eco-friendly patinas! Workshop participants will use hand tools (tools and instruction provided) and a variety of metalsmithing techniques to create original designs. Explore ways to colour finished objects with eco-friendly patinas using some common, non-toxic substances (vinegar, garlic, horseradish, soy sauce, aspirin, cat urine, etc.) from the kitchen, backyard and grocery store. (After use these substances can be safely disposed of in the compost pile). At the end of the week, participants will have one or more finished pieces with patinas and a manual of technical notes on eco-friendly patinas.
Note: Artists of all ages and all levels of experience in metal-working are welcome in this workshop.
Sarah Groves is a metalsmith/jeweler who creates jewelry, sculptural objects and copper critters using copper, brass, silver, gold and natural gemstones. She teaches introductory and intermediate jewelry techniques in Vancouver BC and is setting up a metalsmithing workshop in her basement in Wellfleet MA. She has experimented with eco-friendly patinas for copper and brass using substances from the kitchen, backyard and grocery store for 15+ years.