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Vessel Chasing with Microcrystalline Wax

  • B20C
  • Instructor: David Huang
  • Class Type: Master
  • Date: Sunday, May 31; Monday, June 1; Tuesday, June 2
  • Time: 9:00am-5:00pm (1 hr break) ()
  • Skill Level:
  • Maximum Class Size: 15
  • Class Fee : $1,185.00
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Additional Information
Description:
In this workshop students will use pre-made spun copper vessels to explore how to embellish the form with the technique known as chasing. Through a combination of demonstration lectures and work time with one-on-one assistance, you will review the various aspects of establishing a design, doing the initial lining work, pushing the planes to sculpt out the form, and creating finishing textures. The instructor will also cover a technique called hammer chasing, in which significant alterations to the vessel form can be created relatively rapidly. This approach can be used on its own or in combination with the normal chasing techniques. In place of traditional pitch you will use a microcrystalline wax commonly used in bronze casting, learning how to safely fill and empty the wax from the vessels. During the course of the workshop you will cover the basics of making your own chasing tools and will have the opportunity to make tools if you wish. You will also learn how to finish a vessel edge by soldering on a wire rim. Please note, though, that this is a technique-oriented workshop, and a labor-intensive one. The days will be packed with both demos and work time. Typically, very few students reach the stage of soldering on a wire rim in class.
Project completion:
Project will be completed in class
Minimum Age Requirement:
At least 18 years old.
Supplies to Bring:
Chasing hammer. Various types should work fine. What I have seems to be similar to Rio Grande’s item #112-227, a 4 oz. chasing hammer. I should note that I am only using Rio Grande for reference since most of us have their catalogs handy. I suspect most jewelry suppliers will carry a similar item. Also, if you have something like a Fretz #9 hammer or the NC Black C hammer already you might want to bring that along. I'm going to show something I call hammer chasing that uses small hammers like these. I don't know that I'd go and buy them first, though, as you may not be interested in the technique. I'll have a few such hammers with me that students can use. If you are a tool junkie and are going to buy one anyway I'd get the Fretz #9. I find that is the one I use the most for this technique. Chasing tools. I will bring very basic sets I'm making for the workshops so each student will have a set to use during the workshop. If you wish to keep the set you can purchase it. Beyond this any other chasing tools you have would be handy to bring, but there shouldn’t be any need to buy them special for the workshop. If you do wish to purchase the chasing tools the current cost for the set of 15 tools is $260. I offer a $50 discount for workshop attendees, making the price $210. I will also sell the tools individually if desired, since many students find they already have many of the shapes in other sets they own. Individual tool prices will vary based on the tool. Safety glasses. One should always have a pair of safety glasses in a studio! Round wire. This is for making wire rims that would be soldered on the raised vessel. If you don’t want to do this then don’t worry about having the wire. If you do then I find I use 8, 10, or 12 gauge most often. These thicknesses seem to work well visually with a vessel raised from a 6” disk. I like sterling silver round wire, but copper, brass, or bronze would work just fine as well. One foot of length per vessel should be more than enough. Honestly, I find in a chasing workshop hardly anybody gets to this stage, though I will demonstrate it. So if you don’t have this handy already or don’t want to hassle with bringing it, don’t worry about it. Medium silver wire solder. Again one foot of length per vessel should be more than enough. If you don’t already have medium silver wire solder please don’t make a special order just to get the little bit needed for this workshop. I will have extra with me that I’ll sell on an as-needed basis at more or less whatever my cost was. Again, this is used for soldering on a rim which you may not get to, so don’t worry too much about bringing this if you don’t have it readily on hand. Files and abrasive paper. Various files and a range of grits of abrasive paper would be good for making a chasing tool or two, along with cleaning up excess solder after soldering on a rim if you get that far. A pencil. I prefer a mechanical pencil with .5mm lead, but any pencil should do fine. This will be used for drawing your initial design on the vessel. Optional: One vessel form to chase on. If you have a raised vessel already to chase that would be great, but I will supply one pre-made spun copper vessels in the kit (additional vessels available if desired at $30 each). They are from18 gauge copper, made from a 6” disk
Materials in Kit:
One spun copper vessel (at least one extra will be available per student if they wish for an additional $30 each). Microcrystalline wax to fill the vessel. W1 tool steel rod, enough to make several chasing tools.
Limit:
One seat per person per class.
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