Creative Surface Development

  • $850.00
    Unit price per 

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Creative Surface Development 
Instructor: Andy Cooperman 
May 23 - 27, Monday - Friday, 5 days, 10:00 - 5:00 
Class Fee: $850 Materials Kit Fee: $60 

Class format: In-studio at Danaca Design

Prerequisites: Intermediate level 

Our world is covered in surfaces that inform and delight us. In fact, next to form, surface may be what most defines an object and gives it depth, character and history. But we come to rely on a handful of basic textures rather than developing more sophisticated solutions. This workshop is designed to fix that.

The goal is to dive deep and look at surface as a layering of processes, developing something more complex and rich than the simple one-and-done.

Through play (it’s not a dirty word) and experimentation, we’ll develop a series of samples, each accompanied by detailed notes so that the surface can be replicated and ultimately become a part of a visual vocabulary.

We’ll examine:

  • The role that surface plays in our work: What it can “say” or imply.
  • Planned surfaces and spontaneously generated surfaces --from torched to hammered and carved.
  • Strategy: How and when to introduce a surface during the making of a piece.
  • Appropriate use of surface including durability and wearability.
  • Using surfaces around us as source material.
  • Bring an open mind and a sharp pencil--there are sure to be lots of tips and tricks.

Materials INCLUDED:

  • Copper and brass sheet for creating 15-20 samples surface plates 

Students MAY Bring:


  • Sterling sheet, approx. 4x4 18ga - 22ga (available in studio store)
  • Sterling wire 14 gauge or thicker (available in studio store)
  • Sterling to make filings from: thick piece of sheet or clean (no solder) sterling scrap
  • Gold, if you have some and wish to experiment... (Some gold karats and alloys can be torch textured, especially some 14k rose. Students may wish to try this, although every alloy is different. We can melt clean (no solder) scrap of a particular alloy into an ingot and roll sheet or you can bring a small piece of gold sheet if you like, 18-22 ga)
  • Fine (999) silver, approx. 1/2 oz. (this could be fine silver coin, bezel scrap, shot, etc.)
  • Silver solder: wire or sheet: easy, medium and hard (available in studio store).
  • Additional brass sheet (available in studio store).

Tools and other supplies:
(Many of these items are available to use in the studio or available in the studio store)

  • Flex shaft tools: any burs, buffs, abrasives, etc.
  • Drill bits: 1mm (18ga), .8mm (20ga)
  • Saw blades: 2/0, 6/0
  • Finishing materials, such as Sandpapers in various grits
  • Sketchpad and pencil
  • Dust mask
  • Solder pick (if you use one)
  • Magnifiers (loupes/optivisors) if you need them
  • Measuring devices: mm gauge or degree gauge
  • Safety Glasses
  • Participants may wish to bring materials (fabrics, papers, etc.) suitable for rolling against metal and any old "beater" hammers which can be utilized in producing surfaces.
  • Favorite hand tools: pliers, saw frame, files, hand vices, burnishers, riveting hammers, etc.

Instructor Bio:

Andy Cooperman makes all sorts of things from all sorts of things and is known for applying the ethos and discipline of High Craft Metalsmithing to a wide variety of often disparate materials. He has been a jeweler and metalsmith for over thirty years and a writer and educator for close to that.

Andy’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and can be found in public and private collections as well as books and publications that include Art Jewelry Today (I, II & III), The Penland Book of Jewelry, Humor in Craft and many more.

Andy teaches and lectures nationally and has spoken at the Society of North American Goldsmiths conference, the annual CoMA (Colorado Metalsmithing Association) conference and as keynote speaker for both the International Society of Glass Bead Makers and the Eastern Carolina University Materials Topics Symposium.

Tools are available to purchase through Danaca Design Studio with 15% student discount code. Shop tools HERE. If you don’t see what you need please email us,

Review our class cancellation policy HERE.

All students must fill out and electronically submit the Danaca Design COVID-19 Studio Safety Protocol and Waiver form before attending class.