Exploring the Bracelet – May 13 & 14, 2017
Saturday & Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm
Exploring the Bracelet: Anticlastic, Synclastic, Mad textures and more!
Instructor: Wayne Werner
The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen
This fast-paced, fun class will explore elements of forging, forming and texturizing as students make cuff style bracelets. Students will begin by creating a forged angle changing bracelet from heavy stock. Sizing methods and “tricks” will be shown to ensure a custom fit. Next, we move onto texturing with cross peen and customized texturing hammers. Light textures will be produced with small hammers and heavy textures will be made by cold forging over customized textured, patterned steel. Then we will begin anticlastic (domed) and synclastic (concave) forming to produce wide, durable textured cuffs that are custom fit to the wearer. Basic tool making will be explored as we customize hammers and make forming blocks and stakes from hardwood and plastic. Students are welcome to work on techniques or produce their own pieces to take home.
This class is open to all levels. Advanced students can work on a smaller scale to challenge their abilities.
Base metals in copper, brass, and bronze will be supplied for a fee of $20. If you would like to work in sterling silver, please bring an additional $40.
Many tools will be available to share for this class but you are welcome to bring the following tools if you have them:
Dapped wood blocks
Pieces of hardwood or pine to form with
Old leather gloves
We will be making our own versions of Sinusoidal stakes but if you have them, please bring them along.
About the instructor: Wayne Werner is a third generation metalsmith from Baltimore. He has made his living as a maker for over 15 years. He has traveled around the world to learn with metal workers from Italy and Egypt to Java and Bali. Specializing in cold forging precious metals, Werner has incorporated the traditional techniques of gold and platinum smithing with his artistic vision of paying homage to the fertility cults of the ancient world. Werner’s work explores the relationship to metals liquid opus and the opus of mankind, both being a product of earth cooling down. Through his work, Werner attempts to remind people of the miracle of life and the cosmic happening that we all are. Primarily making a living retailing his work, Werner has participated in over 200 high-end craft shows nationally. He has received many awards for his work including at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. In 2006, he was asked to demonstrate his craft at The Mint Museum of Craft and Design in Charlotte, NC. An event marking his 40th birthday.