Metalsmithing Level 1: Balled Headpins

Metalsmith Workshop Level 1:  
Balled Headpins
Supplies included.

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Class Description: Get familiar with shop safety and using the microtorch. Learn the operation of various types of torches, how to fuel them, use them, store them and transport them safely. Learn to ball the ends of wire and explore ways to use the balled headpins once you have them. Balled headpins are used in later Metalsmith Workshops, as well. Making balled headpins yourself will safe you a great deal of money. If you ball both ends of pieces of wire they can be used as metal fibers to wrap into your designs in various ways. Balling the ends of wire is a superb skill to practice while learning to use the torch. We'll also discuss the basics of setting up your studio at home. This class will definitely put you at ease. 

General Notes for all the Metalsmith Workshops: Your class fee includes supplies. It is our goal to have you walking out with a completed item or nearly completed item by the end of class. As always in Tippy's classes, use of tools is included. There's nothing you need to bring as a general rule. For metalsmith class you may be asked to purchase your own N95 face mask available at Ace Hardware. All the other safety equipment is provided including a shop apron and safety glasses. Please wear natural fiber clothing and closed toed shoes. Keep your hair tied back and any dangling jewelry, sleeves or ties way from your hands and face. We ask that you stow your personal belongings away from your working area to provide an unobstructed path to the door and sink area.

Additional Training: In the Balled Headpins class, we are focusing on use of the torch.  You may wish to hone your skills working with wire before or afterwards because we won't have much time to go into details on those skills here. Additional classes that will prepare you for Balled Headpins are Earring Workshop and Making Clasps. In the Earring Workshop you will explore working with wire, forming loops, and forming earwires. In Making Clasps you will explore various ways of forming wire into clasps, dealing with cut wire ends and decorating with wire and beads. These additional classes will give you confidence using your tools to shape the wire.

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