Creative Surface Development

  • Instructor: Andy Cooperman
  • Saturday - Monday, 3 days, 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Class Fee: $540

Our world is covered in textures and patterns that inform and delight us. In the studio, a unique or well-chosen surface adds character and depth to an object, enhances and even defines it. But it so often happens that we come to rely on a handful of basic textures rather than developing our own creative surfaces. The goal of this workshop is to fix that, to uncover new ways to consider surface, to loosen up and experiment, generating a wide variety of metal samples — "flash cards". Each sample will be accompanied by notes detailing how the surface was produced, so that the effect can be replicated for future application. We will explore heat-generated surfaces as well as rolled, hammered, abraded, spontaneous and complex surfaces. Then, using some of the surfaces discovered, participants will build a brooch or pendant. A simple but elegant brooch finding system will be demonstrated. Discussion includes using natural surfaces as source material as well as how and when to apply surface texture during the construction of a piece. Bring a sense of play and a sharp pencil — there are sure to be lots of tips and tricks. Intermediate level. Some materials included

Materials Included:
  • -Copper, brass and bronze sheet for creating 15-20 samples surface plates
Students May Bring:
  • -Sterling sheet, approx. 4x4 18ga- 22 ga (availalbe in studio store)
    -Sterling wire 14 gauge or thicker (availalbe in studio store)
    -Sterling to make filings from: thick piece of sheet or clean (no solder) sterling scrap
    -Gold, if you have some and wish to experiment... (Some gold karats and alloys can be torch textured, especially some 14k rose. Students may wish to try this, although every alloy is different. We can melt clean (no solder) scrap of a particular alloy into an ingot and roll sheet or you can bring a small piece of gold sheet if you like, 18-22 ga)Fine (999) silver, approx: 1/2 oz.( this could be fine silver coin, bezel scrap, shot, etc.)
    -Brass sheet (if you like brass)
    -Flex shaft tools: any burs, buffs, abrasives, etc. (many available in studio store)
    -Drill bits: 1mm (18ga), .8mm (20ga) (available in studio store)
    -Saw blades: 2/0, 6/0 (available in studio store)
    -Silver solder: wire or sheet: easy, medium and hard (available in studio store)Finishing materials, such as

    Sandpapers in various grits (available in studio store)
    -Sketchpad and pencil
    -Dust mask (available in studio store)
    -Participants may wish to bring patterns (fabrics, papers, etc.) suitable for rolling against metal. Any favorite burs or an old "beater" hammer can be utilized in producing surfaces.
    -Pliers
    -Saw frame
    -Files
    -Hand vices, etc.
    -Burnisher (curved or straight)
    -Small riveting or goldsmith's hammer
    -Solder pick (if you use one)
    -Magnifiers (loupes/optivisors) if you need them
    -Measuring devices: mm gauge or degree gauge
    -Safety Glasses