Master Workshop: All About Argentium Sterling with Cynthia Eid
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Argentium is a sterling silver alloy that has some exciting advantages over traditional sterling silver. It does not firescale, is highly tarnish resistant, is more malleable and ductile than traditional sterling, fuses and welds more easily than traditional sterling, and can be hardened using a kitchen oven!
This three-day course is for people who want to become comfortable working with Argentium® Sterling Silver sheet and wire. Demonstrations will include annealing, soldering, fusing, hardening, and finishing. Since Argentium Sterling has superb fusing qualities, demos will also include fusing granules (granulation), wire, and gold to Argentium Sterling sheet and wire. Kum Boo will also be taught, as another way to add gold to this tarnish-resistant sterling alloy. Demonstrations will alternate with hands-on practice time. Participants may choose to practice on samples, or to create finished designs. This 3 day workshop is limited to only eight students. Tools and supplies are available to share. There is a small student supply list.
Friday, June 22 - Sunday, June 24 10:00 am - 5:30 pm each day
This class is appropriate for students with basic metalsmithing skills as well as professionals. (Ages 18 & up)
Class Fee: $690 Materials Fee: Payable at registration $100+$7 tax= $107
Instructor: *visiting artist* Cynthia Eid
Please note our *Visiting Artist* registration & refund policy for this workshop.
Visiting Artist Cynthia Eid- "Whether using hammers and stakes, or hydraulic press tools, Cynthia’s sculptural jewelry and hollowware shows her focus on exploring the fluidity with which metal can be moved, formed, and joined. Cynthia Eid co-authored the book Creative Metal Forming, with Betty Helen Longhi, published in 2013 by Tim McCreight’s Brynmorgen Press. In his foreword for the book, Michael Good says the authors "have succeeded in assembling the first comprehensive textbook on synclastic and anticlastic forming.”
Cynthia and Betty developed a set of anticlastic stakes, and Eid also works with Knew Concepts and Bonny Doon to help make tools for jewelers and metalsmiths. Lee Marshall has dubbed Cynthia Eid “Godmother of the Knew Concept Saws” since it was her idea for him to produce these saws for jewelers.
Having worked with Argentium Silver since 1999, Eid’s participation in the development of AS brought her recognition as a Pioneer by Argentium International, Ltd.
Cynthia Eid's metalwork has won awards for creativity and design, been featured in many publications, and been exhibited internationally. With a BS in Art Education and MFA in Jewelry, Design, and Silversmithing, she has previously worked as a bench jeweler for fine goldsmiths, a model-maker in a gold jewelry factory, and on private commissions. Her work is in museums in the US and UK. Currently an independent metalsmith and educator, she teaches weekly classes at Metalwerx in Massachusetts, and has taught workshops in the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia." See Cynthia’s work at cynthiaeid.com