Archive for February, 2011

Alison B. Antelman

Proposed workshop: Custom Clasps



 Create clasps that are safe, secure and truly one-of-a-kind. Come up with unique solutions to complete your designs. Learn the key and box clasps, make original simple latches, and unusual shaped ear nuts. We will discuss customizing terminals and findings to unify your art jewelry. We will explore a variety of solutions to link your custom-made clasp to the rest of your piece. Students are expected to go with their own design impulses in order to explore new ideas in finishing their jewelry. Basic fabrication, including soldering, required.

Handouts with step-by-step images and descriptions are supplied along with a list for student supplies and resources

 Artist Biography

Alison B. Antelman exhibits and sells her work from her studio, galleries and at craft shows nationally where she was awarded; 2010 and 2009, Best of Jewelry at Sun Valley Center Arts & Crafts Festival in Ketchum, Idaho; 2009 Best of Show-Jewelry at Park City Kimball Arts Festival in Park City, Utah. Her work is in the Lark Books publication, 500 Gemstone Jewels and the November 2010 issue of Lapidary Journal’s, Jewelry Artist magazine.

            She teaches classes and workshops at the Mendocino Art Center, Richmond Art Center, Scintillant Studios, Metal Arts Society of Southern California, Metal Arts Association of Silicon Valley in California, Sun Valley Center for Arts in Sun Valley, Idaho and in her own studio.

            As President of the San Francisco Metal Arts Guild (founded in 1951) she enjoys proselytizing the word of metal arts. She is often found creating one-of-a-kind jewelry in her well-lit studio, The Sawtooth building in Berkeley, California. 

Hi Missy,
great to hear from you. I applied to the Bend High Desert Art show for this August, we’ll see what happens.  My clasp class is intermediate level and up and the Hydraulic press class is for all levels. Both are clear and concise two day classes that students have been successful in.

daily rate: I usually do a flat rate of $600 for a weekend workshop or $50 an hour (the flat rate is the better deal), plus travel and housing (although it is possible that my husband needs to go up there for work so maybe we can work something out regarding housing). I usually have a $25 kit fee for the clasp class

Number of students depends upon what the studio can handle-we can talk further but I’m fine with 10 to 12 students.


Available dates for workshop is April 23-24 or April 30-May 1, 2011

 2 dayWorkshop: $50.00 hourly/ 350.00 day

Kit $25.00

We have a classroom available for 12 students with workstations.

Lodging is being provided by member.

Travel: $400.00

Demo/Presentation to COMAG members: 300.00

Total estimated costs for Demo/presentation, 2 day workshop, 25.00 kit and travel at $1425.00

Categories: Workshop/Demo 2011

C. Greg Wilbur

2 day hollow forming workshop up to 8 students with demos for everybody in COMAG. $300/day total.  Learn to raise copper vessels with Greg Wilbur.

Velvet Da Vinci gallery


BFA Jewelry and Metalsmithing, University of Oregon, 1978

BS Art Education, University of Oregon, 1978

U.S. Navy, 1969 through 1973, including Vietnam 1972 through 1973

General Studies, Oregon College of Education, 1969


Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Pratt, Seattle, Washington

Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, Oregon

Bemingi Blacksmiths, Minnesota

Emma Lake, Canada

Collaborationz, New Zealand


Seattle Metal Guild

American Craft Association

Creative Metal Arts Guild

Society of North American Goldsmiths


Raising is an ancient metalsmithing process that stretches malleable metal into striking contours. Using forged steel hammers, open and closed forms are created from sheets of bronze, brass, copper and silver.

Physically demanding, this process requires hundreds, often thousands of repetitive blows, producing a modest amount of work from a single artist.


Categories: Workshop/Demo 2011

Nancy Hamilton

 Hey COMAG Members! We are excited to share the replies from our candidate artists available for workshops in 2011. Each artist will have a separate post so you can leave your comment and questions. We will try to answer all questions before our VOTE by the end of March or sooner.  After we have all submissions you will be asked to VOTE in our last post and we will keep you informed. Please leave us a comment if you are interested in having COMAG sponsor this artist!

 Proposed workshop:  PMC/SHEET Brooch

Nancy Hamilton  


I wanted to make jewelry but was NOT going back to college. Nope, no way, you couldn’t make me! So, I became a stained glass artist instead. Eventually, I noticed that the stained glass windows were getting smaller and smaller. Soon, I was making stained glass pendants. (I got really good at cutting tiny pieces of glass!) Deep down, I knew that I really wanted to work with metal, but that school thing bugged me.  So, instead,  I beaded, I wove beads, I crocheted beads. I made ribbon flowers, did Irish crochet.  I made polymer clay beads.  I strung beads.  I wrapped wire.  But, I knew that what I really wanted was metal!  So, after much hemming and hawing, I dragged myself to the registrars office and signed up for that damned jewelry program at our local college. Linda Weiss, my teacher, led me down the metal road.  I knew immediately that I wanted this!  After my first class, I started settting up my studio in our 16′ X 16′ storage shed and we hadn’t even started our first class project yet!  I bought tools that I didn’t know the use for and a small propane torch even though I didn’t know how to solder.  After much experimenting and a whole load of books for reference, I learned to solder.  Linda saved me from completely reinventing the wheel and taught me the rest of what I needed to know.  The books still help and I often jump headlong into stuff I shouldn’t be playing with but, who cares!  I’m having a blast.  When I tell people that I have to work, I am actually saying: ” get out of my way, I want to go play”.

(mugshot from summer 2010.)


After about 10 years, I’m still in that studio I set up.  Except, that now, the studio has totally taken over the storage shed and I finally know what all of those tools are for. I’ve added many, many new tools to my collection. Actually, I’m a self proclaimed “tool whore”. I told myself the other day that I have pretty much everything that I could ever need and should now stop buying tools.  But, immediately, I knew that I was lying – there’s always new tools or a new skill to master.  Who did I think I was kidding?

Dates available: June or July 2011

3 day Workshop $50.00 hourly rate/ $350.00 day for seven hour class

Location: TBA  need facility for 6-12 students

Travel: $350.00

Lodging: $100.00 (artist requests RV site for camper)

Kit Fee: TBA

Demo/Presentation to COMAG members $300.00

Total estimated cost with Demo/presentation $1800.00 (3 day workshop)  


Categories: Workshop/Demo 2011

Jim Dailing

Hey COMAG Members! We are excited to share the replies from our candidate artists available for workshops in 2011. Each artist will have a separate post so you can leave your comment and questions. We will try to answer all questions before our VOTE by the end of March or sooner. After we have all submissions you will be asked to VOTE in our last post and we will keep you informed. Please leave us a comment if you are interested in having COMAG sponsor this artist!

Jim Dailing
Stone Setting without Prongs Settings covered would be bead setting, pave, flush setting and a fabricated tapered tube.
Artist Supplies: Jim will supply czs, drill bits, setting burrs needed for setting
Student Supply List
1. 1- 2mm thick band to practice setting stones into. I would suggest at least 4mm wide.
1. Flex shaft
2. a loupe
2. a small light to work under
3. Some means to hold your ring during working, such as an engravers block, GRS system, ring clamp, panavise
4. set of beading tools_________________________________ .
Daily Rate: $350. for one day workshop / $700 for two day workshop
Number of Hours: 7 hours___________
Number of Students: 8____________
Travel Cost $0
Lodging Cost $0
When schedule works for everyone


• University of Portland
• University of Oregon
• Oregon College of Art and Craft
• University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
• Tyler School of Art
• Mendocino Art Center
• Metal Crafting Center-Seattle
Workshops I offer
• The Alchemist’s Workshop
• Stone Setting without Prongs
• Toolmaking for the Jeweler
• Pewtersmithing
• Jewelry making for Teachers
• Flatware Design

Recent Articles
Lapidary Journal, June 2010 “Reinventing the Wedding Ring” by Cathleen McCarthy

Categories: Workshop/Demo 2011

Noël Yovovich

Hey COMAG Members! We are excited to share the replies from our candidate artists available for workshops in 2011. Each artist will have a separate post so you can leave your comment and questions. We will try to answer all questions before our VOTE by the end of March or sooner. After we have all submissions you will be asked to VOTE in our last post and we will keep you informed. Please leave us a comment if you are interested in having COMAG sponsor this artist!

Hi, Sandra,
I would love to come to Oregon to teach– I love the Northwest!
I teach a variety of classes and workshops. I am best knows for teaching titanium coloration, usually together with cold joining and/or piercing, since these skills make a natural combination. I am attaching some sample class descriptions as well as an audio clip about myself. And here is a link to the images I generally use when I lecture about my work and my techniques:
Here is a Facebook page about my work in general

I would recommend a 2 or 3 day workshop, though I’m willing and able to do longer. I charge $400/day for the first 8 students, plus an additional $25 per day per additional student, up to 15. I also need air fare, ground transportation and board. I am willing to stay in a house. I don’t mind cats, I do mind smoking, I prefer my own bathroom.

Generally, I offer a separate free lecture the first evening, open to anyone you like, about 45 minutes then Q&A. Class time is about an hour per day of demo or as needed, the rest one-on-one help with each student. There are no prerequisites per se, but some experience with metals (especially sawing, filing) is helpful. You can set the limit where you wish– more advanced students can absorb more info in less time.
I teach this technique (and others) all over the country, and have done so for years. Most of the details, I developed myself.
I will bring at least one anodizer. Hand-held butane torches will be needed for heat coloring. If soldering is to be included, that’s a whole other set of equipment, of course.
There will be a supply/tool list which will depend on the options chosen and the facility. I bring kits with titanium, instructions, photographs, supplies and written materials, which students must buy for about $45, plus extra metals they can buy if needed.

Please note that Titanium Coloration is my most popular workshop, but others, like Casting in a Flash, or Hinges & Rivets, are also a big hit. There are relatively few metalsmithing techniques I cannot teach!
I hope to hear from you,
Noël Yovovich

Class Proposals

Noël Yovovich

Ranges of duration are listed because classes can be customized– these lengths are suggestions, but classes can be expanded or limited to fit available time.

If what you need is not on this list, please let me know– I am happy to put together a targeted class plan.

Hand-Woven (knit) Chain • 1-2 days

Beginning with large scale and moving to finer sizes, students will learn single and double (Viking) knit chain styles using a dowel, Argentium ™ sterling wire, basic hand tools and a drawplate. Larger-sized chains may be filled with pearls, Swarovski ™ crystals or other beads. Adding end caps and a clasp or toggle turns the chain into a finished piece of jewelry.

[This project can be all cold work, or soldered end caps can be included]

Tools: pliers—round nose, chain nose; cutters; tubing drawplate; rosewood drawplate

Wire Draping and Hammering • 1/2-1 day

Learn the secrets of forming fluid, sinuous curves in bent wire by “draping” the wire rather than “coercing” it, while making a bracelet with an integral clasp. Enhance the wire with selective hammering for a thick-and-thin, caligraphic line. [This is a three-hour segment]. Then add the use of a drawplate to selectively thin parts of your wire to create earrings with built-in earwires, and voluptuous pins and fibulae.

Tools: pliers; cutters; hammers, tumbler with steel shot; drawplate, vise and draw tongs

They Won’t Believe You Made It Ring • 1 day (pairs  well with Wire Draping and Hammering)

Even if you have never worked with metal before, you really can create this stunning hammered-silver band with an 18-karat gold tube setting and your choice of colored faceted stone, in one day. You will be introduced to soldering techniques, hammer-texturing, and tube setting while making a ring you will wear with pride.

Magic  Metal:  Titanium • 1-3 days

Almost like magic, color appears on the surface of this strong, lightweight metal with just the application of heat or electrical current! Learn how to color, texture and even create imagery on titanium, then incorporate it into jewelry designs by piercing and hanging it, riveting, wire wrapping or setting.

Tools: torches, saws, bench pins, pliers, flexshafts and burs, hammers and blocks for rivets, titanium sheet. (Hand-held butane torches provide sufficient heat for this class)

Beyond the Basics: Hinges and Rivets • 2-3 days

Expand your jewelry skills with these two intermediate-level techniques! Rivets allow you to connect objects and materials without soldering. Plastic, wood, enamels, metals– almost any material or object that can be drilled can be fastened to any other with rivets. Hinges open up a whole world of movement to metal objects– and the instructor has developed techniques for creating hinges using rivets, with no soldering! Create sample pieces as you explore ways to use these techniques. Some may even be finished jewelry! Some experience with silver and soldering preferred if soldered (traditional) hinges are to be explored.

Tools: Drills, riveting hammers, steel blocks, soldering set-up (optional), saws, files

Hinges, Rivets and Titanium • 3 days

Titanium coloration combines very well with the above workshop on hinges and rivets. This combination of skills makes for a very intensive three-day experience with time to produce samples as well as some finished work.

Saw Piercing (2or 3 days)

Learn all the tips and tricks for doing piercing to create see-through jewelry pieces or open-work overlays for stone. Creating a design will be covered, plus methods of setting materials that cannot be soldered, including fairly flat found objects such as photographs, feathers, fabric, etc. Settings may be soldered or riveted, no experience necessary.

Casting in a Flash

Imagine creating finished cast pieces in unique organic shapes in record time! That’s just what you can do in this exploration of casting methods both ancient and modern, with no wax, no previous skill necessary—and almost no time! Sand casting, water casting and broom straw casting are among the fun, fast, easy and inexpensive methods you will try in this three-day class. Use leftover silver scrap from previous projects! Silver will also be available for purchase from the instructor. You may bring small hard objects such as twigs to duplicate with sand casting. Finishing and adding bails and findings will also be covered.

Categories: Workshop/Demo 2011

Chris Darway

 PMS and sheet sterling 400.00 day for 8-12 students
 $1800.00  for 2 day workshop which includes travel
Thursday and Monday are travel days for me. I teach a lot of mechanism workshops, plus PMC related subjects.

The knuckle adjuster parts image is a one day project where the students make one of my rings from a “kit”. This is followed the second day with a student designed ring with movement. 

You can read my column in Art Jewelry magazine. Chris Darway

539 Old Street Road Feasterville, PA 19053 215-322-5070
1965-1970 Philadelphia College of Art, B.F.A. Craft Design
1961-1965 Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, Scotch Plains, NJ
2010-2011 Montclair State University ,Montclair ,NJ

Master Lecturer

1996-2009 University of the Arts, College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA

Master   Lecturer

1996 -2010 Professional Institute for Educators University of the Arts

Act 48 Program

1999-2000  University of Delaware ,Newark ,Delaware

Senior Lecturer   Hired to close metals program

1988-1996 New Jersey Centers for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ

 Instructor Jewelry

1988-1993 Mercer County Community College, NJ

 Invention Program for Kids/Adult Education Night School


Arrowmont, Gatlinburg ,TN/Penland ,NC/ Haystack, Deer Isle ,MA /Touchstone, Farmington, PA/ Snow Farm,MA/ Peters Valley Center for Crafts ,Layton,NJ/ Wildacres ,Little Switzerland, NC/  Rio Rewards PMC Program Albuquerque ,NM / Metal Werx  Waltham, MA  .Bucks County Artist in Residence 1990-2007 / COMA , Salida, CO/Newark Museum, Alan Revere Academy , San Francisco ,CA /Atlantic Coast Center for the Arts ,Daytona, FL


Categories: Workshop/Demo 2011

Demonstration Committee

Co Chair Demonstration Committee- Members Rochelle Davenport and Missy Powell are in the process of gathering information on local and visiting metal artists for our demonstration/classes.   Click here to download a fillable .pdf form, you can now fill in form and print. You must save form to a file on your computer then email the form as an attachment to the artist you may be in contact with.  Send Missy or Rochelle a copy of completed form before March 1st 2011 COMAG meeting.

Categories: Workshop/Demo 2011