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Relics & Ruins Friday, August 2, 9:00 AM  
Thomas Ashman $145   
This workshop is 6 hours.

Student Level: All levels
Type of Workshop: Project and Process
Prerequisite: None
Workshop Category: Assemblage, Sculpting

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Ancient things are inherently fascinating. Objects that have withstood the test of time naturally inspire memory, provoke emotion, and ignite the imagination. Where did it come from? Where has it been? Who did it belong to? What secrets could it tell? All over the world and throughout history, people have created vessels to contain their most treasured objects. Using this idea of a treasured object as our jumping off point, this course, which is different than my usual classes, is concerned with techniques and the artistic process. Each student will bring (or plan to enshrine) one of their most treasured objects; a grandfather's watch, a childhood toy, a baby's shoe, a sentimental piece of jewelry, etc., and make an elaborate relic shrine worthy of the treasured object. Instruction will be given in several cool techniques for "aging" art supplies and objects.

Students will sculpt their mixed media piece by torching, applying patinas, drilling and cutting metal, glass, and wood, gluing, bending, carving, punching, sanding, grinding, polishing, arranging and decorating, use and safety of power tools, special Dremel tool applications, cold connecting, some crazy painting techniques, and more, all designed to make your reliquary look as if it has been around forever.

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

  • $40.00

Student should bring:

  • 1 relic - can be any treasured object you may have
  • 1 box - large enough to contain relic, it can be metal, wood, old, or new. Check craft stores, hobby shops, antique stores, garage sales, etc.
  • Basic Art kit - pencil, scissors, acrylic paints, paintbrush, ruler
  • Basic hand tools - snips, screwdrivers, pliers, wire cutters, etc.
  • Dremel - or other rotary tool with attachments


  • We are not going to be making a specific project design this time. Students need to bring what supplies they can from home. We will have different workstations set up with tools and supplies available such as paint, patina, hardware, glue, clay, etc., and a "sharing table" for students to swap and share stuff. If all students bring a few of their extra supplies to trade around, we can really let the projects evolve from what's available as they are being made (one of my favorite ways to work).
  • Suggestions:
    • scrapbooking and collage supplies
    • fabric and ribbon
    • string
    • twine
    • wire
    • sheet metal
    • wood shapes
    • toys
    • doll parts
    • stamps & ink
    • various found objects
    • glass cobbles
    • glitter
    • gold or silver leaf
    • embossing foil
    • fittings
    • findings
    • found objects
    • and, most importantly, whatever

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 ARTU19, 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