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Continuing Education for Metalwork

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I hope that other miniaturists will post about their continuing education experiences in metalworking, at local colleges, makerspaces, museums and privately organized guilds in this forum topic.

>Jan, I wish you would start a new forum topic about your experiences with local jewelry classes, when you have time.  I think it would be an excellent topic.

It has been on my list to find people locally since 2015... so I'm hoping to learn how other miniaturists found these sources.  While our local county has a population greater then 250,000 people, the local South Bend Museum of Art (where I participated in a weaving class) doesn't really inspire me much...  I have considered rejoining the museum as a member and take a jewelry class, but I think the life size stuff would be a distraction and I don't need anymore distractions from the miniature world.  I am hoping to learn about other miniaturists who made that connection.  I am figuratively chained to my desk 5 days a week, so perhaps that is part of my problem, but I must work while I am able to work! 


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Tamra, thanks for doing this!  I have no issue with belonging to jewellery making classes - after all, most of their work is tiny, and it is the techniques that you need to learn!  After doing Bill Hudson' pedal pony cart in 1992 at GS, I searched and searched for opportunities.  Finally I found someone who would give me a 6 week class - 2 hrs a week, which got me started but it wasn't impressive!  He used silver plated copper wire - so nothing really worked out well!  Then we convinced a young jeweller to start a silversmithing class at our local lapidary club (my husband was a long time member) and that was excellent.  The club already had a super tool collection that had been passed on to it when another group closed down in the 1980s, and had previously had a silversmithing group, so it had everything we needed!  That was back about 2000 I think! That group still runs, having had a series of jewellers volunteering to lead the group.  You can work on your own projects and there is help and advice when needed.

Then I was given the scholarship to the GS and I enrolled in Pete Acquisto's class in 2002.  I was desperate for experience with a metal lathe and finally was told that there was a jewellery making group that had continued on from a college class that the members had completed.  That is the group I still go to!!  (Bring your lunch, $1 a day and coffee and cookies provided!) The lathe I was introduced to was a pre-war Hercus, about 3 foot long!  But I was taught to pull it apart and put it back together so I could keep it in good condition!  But I survived Pete's class and was delighted to find the group had acquired a Unimat 3 lathe.  Then I found one for myself at an auction!  I now have the choice of 3 lathes in the workshop, which is separate from the silversmithing workshop.

In 2012, I had the privilege of a 3 day class with Rob Tukham where I turned lots of different materials, but not metal.  Super!  

Both the groups I go to are jewellery making groups, but I make miniatures in both.  And have even converted some people!!  Jewellery making classes are also sometimes offered through our Adult Education system, but they are very expensive.

I would think that rockhound or lapidary clubs would be a good starting point for appropriate classes.  What have others found?

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