Holiday Arts Show & Spring Workshops

The dates are drawing near for the Allied Arts Holiday Show/Sale. The 31th Annual Holiday Festival of the Arts starts on November 19th and is at 3548 Meridian Street, Bellingham, WA. Just WEST of I-5 and the Bellis Fair Mall.  I am putting together the final ideas for a booth display. It seems odd for someone like myself who has been in the jewelry business for 30 years that I have never done this kind of a sale/show before. Well, I have done a couple of Holiday Bazars with some of the arty gals from Nordstrom back in the day, but I never sold my jewelry at them. I mostly focused my creative application to ornaments for decorating a Christmas or Solstice tree.
So, if you are in Bellingham or know someone here pass the word! For those of you not in the Bellingham area, all the jewelry at my booth will also be available at my Etsy Store

In other news I have been very fortunate to book some fun Jewelry Workshops for the Spring of 2011. Here are the dates:

Feb. 19-20, Gem Setting, Danaca Designs, Seattle, WA
Fresh off of a Tucson Gem Show rush, I will be teaching how-to set unusual shaped faceted stones.
We will start with ovals and cushion cuts, then we will move on to whatever cool stuff the students bring.

Mar. 5, Hydraulic Press & Matrix Die, Tacoma Metal Arts Center, Tacoma, WA
I am so happy to be teaching for Amy Reeves at her school in Tacoma. We will be working with Matrix dies
and the Hydraulic Press. With the shapes we make we will be making Swivel lockets. Bring your own silver.

May 1-4, Etching w/out Acid & Swivel Locket, Mendocino Arts Center, CA
This will be an excellent time to learn several new techinques and apply them to a beautiful project.
The Etching without Acid is actually April 30th and May 1st, then we will take the etched plates from that class
to fabricate lockets or to roll-print on silver for a locket. If you liked my July 2010, Lapidary Journal article,
this workshop is for you

June 10-14, Lost Wax Carving and Casting, Peters Valley Craft Center, Layton NJ
I am very excited to be teaching Wax Carving and Lost Wax Casting at Peters Valley Craft Center. These are techniques that I used
during my years as the fine jewelry designer/production director at Nordstrom.



Laser Cut Matrix Dies are NOW Available for purchase with PayPal!

I am so excited. I have been researching and developing these laser cut acrylic Matrix Dies since 2004 and I now have them available for everyone with the Paypal on my new Etsy store. There are Five shapes, Square, Triangle, Diamond, Rectangle, and Oval in sets of three sizes; 1-inch, 3/4-inch, and 1/2-inch for $20.00 a set. 

 The 1/2 inch acrylic Matrix Dies hold up really well. I have taught with them for the last 5 years to make sure they will hold up under regular use. In fact the first set of acrylic Matrix Dies, which I cut myself on the University of Washington's laser cutter in 2003 are still the ones I use to teach. I used the laser cut prototypes for these Matrix Die sets to make the bracelets and locket shown here. Just imagine the kind of artistic jewelry you can make with these laser cut Matrix Dies.

   I have used my laser cut matrix dies with the 12-ton Bonny Doon Lite Manual Press, a 12-ton home made hydraulic press, a Harbor Freight floor model hydraulic press (scary), and the Mark III Bonny Doon 20-ton Deep Draw Press with the 4-inch riser block in place. The clear acrylic allows you to see your roll-printed metal through the die and capture just the part of your pattern you want to have on your piece of jewelry. 

To use: peal off the protective paper film, use the die to select the area of your patterned metal, leave 1/4-inch of metal around all edges of the open area of the die, tape the metal in place over the open area of the die. Place the 1/2 inch thick acrylic Matrix Die down on the base platen with nothing underneath it. Stack the urethane on top of the metal, which is on top of the die. Pump the hydraulic press to achieve a 3-D formed shape. Anneal the metal and repeat the pressing to get a deeper draw. Thinner gauges of metal work best on the smaller shapes. 

I have even used the dies in ways that they were not designed to be used to see how the 1/2-inch thick acrylic would respond. It is important when using these acrylic Matrix Dies to place them on the solid base platen of the hydraulic press (or on a solid riser block) and not on a urethane pad nor on top of the silver or copper, as improper stacking may cause the dies to crack. 


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