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The Icarus Project Wednesday, August 1, 9:00 AM and
Thursday, August 2, 9:00 AM and
Friday, August 3, 9:00 AM
Richard Salley $435  
This workshop is 18 hours.

Student Level: Beginner - Advanced
Type of Workshop: Process and Project
Prerequisite: Wire work and soldering experience required
Workshop Category: Metal-working, Mixed-Media, Sculpting

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We know from mythology that Icarus was flying fine until he came too close to the sun and his wings of feathers and wax melted, whereby he fell into the sea and drowned. In this workshop we will avoid the mistakes of Icarus...we will stay far away from the sun (although it will be hot in Phoenix!) and we will construct wings of steel wire. In this 3-day intensive class you will fabricate your own mythical flying creature from wire, tin, twigs, tissue and found objects. Wire working and soldering skills are required to ensure you will be successful in this workshop.

This workshop will extend the wire working skills you may have been using for jewelry making and apply them to in a 3-dimensional sculpture. You'll learn how to solder and braze steel for a structurally sound armature. You'll be challenged to imagine new uses for found objects that have been too large for jewelry pieces.

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

  • $20.00 includes:
  • empty Altoids Gum tin
  • Steel wire in 24g, 20g, 18g, and 16g sizes
  • pattern tissue
  • butane torches and fuel
  • oxy/propane torches and fuel
  • silver solder
  • bronze brazing rod
  • flux
  • acrylic spray
  • wood glue

Student should bring:

  • Bring found objects that you would like to incorporate into the piece. Think about what your creature might be holding or using as a prop...see examples on my website (links below).
  • Twigs - thoroughly dried, approx 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch in diameter for arms and legs; small twigs can be used to fill the body cavity and or used as hair/headress material...gnarly ones are especially fun. How many? About a dozen 8-12 inches long...more if you got 'em
  • (Tool list):
  • *******NOTE: steel wire will be used in this class so I suggest that you do NOT bring your best jewelry making tools...hardware store tools will work just fine, or old tools that you are not worried about getting some abuse.
  • eye protection
  • ear protection
  • metal files
  • round and flat nose pliers
  • needle nose pliers - available at hardware/home improvement stores
  • hammer suitable for flattening wire
  • wire cutters
  • bench block and something for dampening sound...there will be hammering!
  • bench pin


  • Dremel tool or flex shaft for drilling
  • 1.8 mm hole punch pliers
  • Work light - battery operated are best because power is not always available at every table
  • 3" or 4" C-Clamp for holding bench pin on to table


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: art@rsalley.com
Website: rsalley.com