Treasures of the Sea

Prerequisite:  Electroforming on Glass (or prior experience and approval of instructor.)

Class Fee $125.00


This class will meet on the following consecutive Sundays: (PST – Los Angeles time)

January 24, 2021 at 1:00-4:00 PST – Assembly and Embellishment
January 31, 2021 at 1:00-4:00 PST – The next steps
February 7, 2021 at 1:00-2:30 PST – Class follow-up Q & A

“Treasures of the Sea” pendant is all about learning how to join individual elements together using electroforming techniques to create finished pieces of jewelry.  This class addresses the challenges associated with minerals and reactive elements used to embellish a wearable art pendant.

The “Treasures of the Sea” pendant is composed of shell fragments and shells, a fossil ammonite, pearls, gems, sea glass and other materials. Students will review basic electroforming and learn texturing, stone setting, sealing, framing and gluing techniques.

 

Note: Uses both the Zoom and the Facebook platforms. Students will need a free Facebook account.

                      

How the classes work: 

  • Classes will be presented in a Zoom format.
  • Each class will have its own Facebook Classroom with videos and instruction available at any time — for as long as Facebook is willing to host the page. Lessons only on this page.
  • A Facebook Question and Answer Group Page – where we will all interact for 30 days. The page will be archived, and available to view.
  • Admission to Terry Henry’s Facebook Student Gallery Group for you to share your creations.

*Equipment not included.

Project Materials needed for the

Treasures of the Sea Pendant:

Treasure Pack (Optional): $70 ( includes shipping)

Includes:

  • Shells – Sealed and ready to use
  • Tiny Shells – for embellishment – NOT sealed
  • Fossil ammonite
  • Dichroic gems
  • Sea glass
  • Cubic zirconia gems, 3.5mm and 3.0mm
  • Pearls
  • Microbeads, 2, 3, and 4mm 
  • Glue
  • Neck Wire for pendant (commercial made)

Additional supplies needed for this project:

  • Clear or neutral color fingernail polish
  • Frisket Masking Fluid 
  • Art Ruling Pen (optional) Amazon search results
  • Quality tweezers
  • 14 g wire for bail 3-5 inches
  • Plastic matt 
  • Key card or plastic square for gluing
  • X-acto knife
  • Bench block or anvil
  • Hammer 
  • Round nose pliers
  • Flush cutters
  • Soft Brass Brush
  • Sunshine Cloth or buffing wheel and white buffing compound
  • Fine point synthetic paint brush 
  • Magnifying glass or readers 
  • Any other gemstones you might be interested in using.
  • Cheap non-water soluble Satin Lacquer

Students should already have these items or the equivalent:

 

  • Distilled water or DeIonized Water
  • 1 foot of 12 gauge copper wire for S-hooks (big box hardware store)
  • Chopstick with skinny end or bamboo skewers
  • 2-3 Small containers – sushi dishes, jar lid, cottage cheese container lid…
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Funnel – dollar store

Electroforming Materials Kit

  • Rectifier (DC power unit 5 amp)
  • Conductive paint – 2oz recommended size
  • Midas Bright Copper Electroforming Solution – Item Number 335074
  • 20-22 gauge sheet copper for Anodes
  • 24 gauge copper spool for hanging project – 200′
  • 8 gauge copper wire for tank setup – 12″
  • 600 ml Beaker – three beakers
  • Copper Tweezers
  • Soft Brass Brush
  • Paint brush – Synthetic bristles
  • Micro Glass Beads
  • Copper Scrubbie

Kit available from Microtools

For participants with your own setup, check your paint to be sure it is not too thick.  It may be thinned with a bit of distilled water.

Conductive paint may be ordered online from Safer Solutions

Sheet copper and copper wire may be found at ACE hardware stores and numerous craft stores as well as ParaWire
Metal Sheets and Bare Wire.