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Evidence of Mermaids Part II: Glass Journal Wednesday, August 2, 9:00 AM  
Thomas Ashman $145  
This workshop is 6 hours.

Student Level: All levels
Type of Workshop: Project
Prerequisite: None
Workshop Category:

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The image and legend of the mermaid has captivated countless artists from across the globe and throughout the ages, and I am certainly no exception. In this three part series of workshops we shall indulge this somewhat fishy attraction, explore some inspiring mermaid "tales," and create a beautiful trio of art-ifacts that look as though they have been recently rescued from the blue depths, having been tucked away under the sea by one of these beautiful, awe-inspiring, and ever mysterious creatures.

Evidence of Mermaids Part II: Glass Journal
In this workshop, we'll construct a beautiful mermaid themed version of my original all-metal journal binding with covers of beveled glass and filled with some heavy watercolor paper. After we fabricate this unusual glass and metal book completely "from scratch", we'll cover it with glass and two transparencies of vintage mermaid photos, which are included, but students are invited to bring a more personalized image for their covers, if desired. Just print out any 2 photos you like onto transparency sheets at 4.25" sq. Glass in kit is pre-drilled but bring your own Dremel and a 1/8" diamond drill bit if you want to try your hand at drilling glass in class. Technical instruction includes drilling glass, metal fabrication, alteration of metal with torch and patina, basic bookbinding terminology, use of various hand tools, tool safety, and much more! This journal will fit perfectly into the Mermaid Treasure Box (Part I) and looks absolutely delightful adorned with the Mermaid Bracelet (Part III).

Kit/Materials Fee (payable to instructor at class time):

  • $35.00 includes:
  • Tool & supply handout
  • Copper Plumber's tape
  • Machine screws, nuts, and washers
  • Copper or brass wire
  • 2 photo transparencies
  • 2 pre-drilled beveled glass squares
  • Chain
  • Patina
  • Clear Coat (time permitting)

Student should bring:

  • 16 sheets of 90# or 140# hot press watercolor paper sized to 4" x 7.5" Paint, stamp, collage, color, or otherwise decorate with beach/mermaid imagery
  • Tin Snips
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Disposable paint brush
  • Scissors/ruler/pencil
  • Chain-nose pliers
  • Round-nose pliers
  • Wire cutters


  • Propane torch w/small sized fuel canister
  • Hammer and bench-block/anvil

Some workshops may require that you bring supplies or tools that you may not presently possess. If you'd like to place an advance order for jewelry supplies & tools for pick-up at the on-site store when you arrive at AU, contact:

SJ Jewelry Supply LLC

Please note that SJ Jewelry Supply has an extensive selection of products but not all of them may appear on their website. If in doubt about the availability of any product, a simple phone call will get you the information that you desire.

Email your order to: info@sjjewelrysupply.com
call: 602-956-0189

Questions: ThomasAshmanArt@yahoo.com
Website: www.blacksheepartist.com