Just Hot Enough: Mixed Metal Surfaces

Numerous beautiful and complex mixed-metal patterns and compositions can be created both by soldering and by exploiting the different melting points of common jewelry metals. In this workshop we will explore various ways of combining metals to create rich effects through experimentation with soldering, fusion and inlay, further enhanced by rolling and roll-printing and the application of a series of simple patinas that enhance the contrast between metals. The main focus will be on using metal scraps and powder to create “yardage” which can then be used- much like mokume-gane- as a part of finished jewelry pieces. Emphasis will be on understanding the ways in which the properties of different metals can be fully exploited to create rich and unexpected effects. (Extra-thick copper, Nu-gold, gold/silver bimetal and Frip’s Flux in spray bottles will be available for purchase from the instructor.)