Catches, Findings and Hinges

This workshop is an information-packed compilation of goldsmith’s construction tricks and fast, sure procedures for building a basic hinge and hints for other mechanisms. These will include pinbacks and basic hinges. The concept of relative fitting is emphasized.  This results in more successful construction technique and technical problem solving skills than traditional 'blueprint building' approaches may offer.  Production aids and bench tricks are discussed. There is a fair amount of lecture time in this intensive workshop-be prepared to take notes. Some materials included

Prerequisites:
  • Intermediate to advanced level workshop
Materials Included:
  • -Soldering tools, silver solders and supplies
    -Silicon carbide separating discs and flex shaft mandrel screw mount mandrel for them
    -Safety glasses and ear plugs or muffs
    -Drill bits and flexible shaft tools like moore’s discs
    -A selection of 3”x3” inches each of brass sheet or nickel-siver sheet in .5, 1. 1.2 and a little 1.5mm metal.
    -3 mm diameter round tubing and nesting sizes below that are needed
    -Several nickel silver pinstems, two per person
Students Must Bring:
  • -Your favorite catches and findings
    -Notebook, pens, pencils
    -Darning needle
    -Drill bits and flexible shaft tools like moore’s discs
Students May Bring:
  • -Sets of round and other burrs
    -Your favorite hand tools: saw, pliers (extra flat or chain nose good), dividers, caliper (vernier if you have), try square, 6” steel rule, thin sharpie marker
    -Silicon carbide separating discs and flex shaft mandrel screw mount mandrel for them
    -Drill bits and flexible shaft tools like moore’s discs
    -Safety glasses and ear plugs or muffs