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Way into the Curve Friday, July 31, 9:00 AM  
April Bower $145   
This workshop is 6 hours.

Student Level: All levels
Type of Workshop: Process & Project
Prerequisite: None**
Workshop Category: Jewelry

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Make metal move. Never be stuck with flat again. Synclastic formed Argentium silver cuff and earrings, using swage blocks and April hammers. Learn how to create easy Synclastic shape bracelets and earrings with simple hand tools. Have fun practicing, and exploring many new surface textures and patterns and perfecting the forming skills you can use daily in your jewelry making.

Many of you have purchased the "April" hammer from me along with the swage block but maybe never got a chance to give it a work out. Here is your chance! Bring your hammer and swage block and we'll texture and form at least a couple of cuff bracelets in copper or brass then another cuff and a pair of earrings in Argentium silver.

I'll share with you a bunch of tricks and tips to be successful making these as well as ideas for DIY tools and jigs.

I will have some April hammers for shared use if you don't have one... and some to purchase if you decide you'd like one of your own. Wood swage blocks too. Rolling mills and texturing materials and hammers & stamps (oh, my) for you to experiment with. Feel free to bring your own favorite texturing things.

It will be a fun, productive day.

*Bring your own "April Hammer" and swage block or use one of mine. If you would like your own, pre ordered sets of hammer and block are specially priced at $100, which includes the tax for a great savings for registered students only. Please pre-order by May 30 2020 to allow time for hammers to be made and shipped.

Assistant Renee Garver will be on board to help guide you.

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

  • $50 includes:
  • Argentium sheet 22G for 6" bracelet
  • Argentium sheet for earrings
  • 20 g wire for earwires or posts
  • 26g copper and brass for many bracelets approx 22 g.
  • Use of rolling mill for texture
  • hammers, swedge blocks and vises to share
  • *Price may need adjusting for significant change in silver spot price closer to class time or web posting

Instructor Provided (for use in-class, and to share):

  • rolling mill
  • anvils/bench blocks
  • torches & fuel
  • vises/clamps
  • pliers
  • hammers/mallets
  • patina
  • scratch brush
  • polishing lathe
  • pickle
  • copper tongs
  • steel wool

Suggested:

  • Your April Hammer and wood swage block
  • 6" hand file for edges
  • sanding sticks
  • favorite texturing hammer or texturing material for rolling mill
  • Bench block for hammer texturing
  • safety glasses
  • Sharpie pen


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.

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


Questions: AprilBowerJewelry@gmail.com
Website: www.aprilbower.com