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Time After Time; Assemblage Jewelry Wednesday, August 1, 9:00 AM  
Jen Cushman $145  
This workshop is 6 hours.

Student Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Type of Workshop: Process and Project
Prerequisite: None
Workshop Category: Assemblage, Jewelry

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The key to making beautiful and structurally sound mixed-media assemblage jewelry is in the creation of solid components and strong connections. For this workshop, we'll strengthen our drill skills by learning how to correctly (and safely!) drill everything from hard metals to fragile found objects. We'll work on forming new connection points for found objects and repositioning old attachments in order to initiate new design possibilities. We'll work with non-traditional jewelry materials such as resin clay, steel wire, wax, fibers, paints and patinas to alter and transform found objects into beautiful components and charms. A small portion of class will include making molds of one or two favorite found objects and then a demo on how to fill molds with resin clay, paper clay and liquid resin, as casting techniques expand an artist's ability to replicate unusual objects. We'll also forge steel and bronze wire in various gauges and use wirewrapping techniques to join our mixed-media components together. This is a six-hour class in which students with intermediate experience should be able to complete the skeleton key focal pendant. Beginning students may choose to link their altered found object components together with jump rings in order to save time, thereby increasing likelihood of completion.

Note: We will not have time to make the handmade necklace part of the piece. If students are interested in completing the entire project, Jen is teaching the mixed-media necklace as a separate three hour class. Please register for both if interested in making the whole necklace.

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

  • Option 1: $35.00 - Instructor supplies skeleton key, vintage watch faces, vintage buttons, beads, ribbon and pieces necessary to focal necklace assemblage. Plus bronze wire in various gauges, steel wire, molding putty, resin, mica paste, resin clay and consumables. Kit will include items similar to photograph.
  • Option 2: $15.00 - Instructor supplies vintage skeleton key, bronze wire in various gauges, steel wire, molding putty, resin, mica paste, resin clay and consumables. Student brings beads, baubles, ribbon or silk sari, buttons, charms and various found objects from her stash to work with in class. Focal pendant will be unique and fit the aesthetic of student's supplies.

Student should bring:

  • Round-nose jewelry pliers
  • Chain-nose or Flat-nose jewelry pliers
  • Wire snips
  • Ball peen hammer
  • Steel bench block or small metal anvil if you're local/driving and already own it. Instructor will have a few extra to use in class but bringing your own will reduce your wait time for tools.
  • Scissors
  • Safety glasses
  • Small travel size baby wipes
  • 1-2 pieces of extra fine steel wool
  • Two to four small objects that you would like to make molds of. These can be old broach pins, intricate buttons, anything with a unique or unusual texture, old jewelry components, etc.


  • Electric rotary drill with 1/16th drill bits for metal and piece of scrap wood to drill into
  • Small working table top light (like an OTT Light)
  • Extension cord
  • Favorite beads, bits or bob found objects (old medals, broken jewelry pieces, charms) etc. that may have personal meaning to you that you wish to incorporate into your skeleton key focal.
  • 1 pair of junk needle nose pliers that you do not mind using with small butane torch

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 Jewelry Supply store when you arrive at ARTU18, 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

Some workshops may require that you bring paints or supplies that you may not presently possess. If you'd like to place an advance order for paints or supplies for pick-up at the on-site Mixed Media store when you arrive at ARTU18, contact:

Beach Flea Market

Email your order to: beachfleamarket@sonic.net
call: 707-486-6262

Questions: jencushmanart@gmail.com