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Metal Texturing Workshop: Jewelry Inspired by Burning Man

Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Code: 1K00ZM
Jewelry by Karen Christians

Learn new techniques as you create unique jewelry pieces inspired by the Burning Man event’s 2018 art theme, iRobot. Karen Christians, an educator and maker in the metal arts and co-author of Jewelry of Burning Man, leads this one-day workshop appropriate for all skill levels.

Develop skills in two metal-texturing techniques as you craft a 3-inch posable copper robot perfect to wear as a pendant, drape from a rear-view mirror, or enjoy as a desk toy. Begin by exploring Thai metal chasing, which uses specialized tools and a hammer to create lines and textures. Students create a simple decorative panel using this process that has been practiced for generations in Thailand. After lunch, students learn to use a rolling mill to emboss patterns onto metal. Pieces texturized by both techniques are drilled and joined to create a one-of-a-kind wearable robot.

A materials kit fee ($35) is payable to the instructor and includes all workshop materials.

One 7-hour session with lunch break (students provide their own)

S. Dillon Ripley Center
Room 3031
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)