"Creative Metal Forming Part II: Spiculums – 3 Ways in 3 Days" with Cynthia Eid
The elegant, tapered, hollow forms known as Spiculums hold a unique fascination for jewelers and metalsmiths. Spiculums make efficient use of precious metals, since they are hollow and formed from thin metal sheet. Light yet strong, spiculums are used in jewelry, hollowware, and sculpture.
There are three basic methods and types of spiculums: "Straight Spiculums" are formed as a straight tapered tube, and soldered if the spiculum is going to be bent. "Open Seam" spiculums are anticlasted and formed into a tube at the same time. The hammering is done along the outside of the form, putting the seam along the outer surface, which is usually left un-soldered, or "open". Synclasted spiculums have the seam on the inside of the curve. The seam may be left open, or it can be soldered if tighter curves are desired. All three types of spiculum will be demonstrated, followed by work time for students to practice each form.
Students may choose to work in Nugold (also called Red Brass or Bronze), Argentium Sterling Silver, or traditional Sterling Silver. If the spiculum will be enameled after the workshop, copper or fine silver may be used, and the spiculums will need to be soldered. For the sake of time, we will be working on a small scale, making spiculums not more than 6" long.
Experience with hammering and forming is helpful, but not required. Students will be taught how to hammer comfortably and efficiently.
After each demonstration, there is ample time to practice what you’ve just seen. A tool kit will be available for each student to use during the workshop (Any of the tools may be purchased if desired.) This class is limited to only eight students.
Friday, September 20 - Sunday, September 22, 2019 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
This class is appropriate for students with basic metalsmithing skills as well as professionals. Participants must be comfortable using the typical tools of a jeweler: torch, files, and jewelers saw.
Class Fee: $740 + Tool & Materials Fee: $75 payable at registration. Each student will be provided with a tool kit of stakes and hammers to use during the workshop, and they may purchase any that they wish to buy at the end of the workshop.
Instructor: *visiting artist* Cynthia Eid
Please note our *visiting artist* registration policy for this workshop. Registration & Refund Policies
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 www.cynthiaeid.com
More about the book at www.creativemetalforming.com