Designs in Woven Metal
Designs in Woven Metal
Instructor: Jeanie Pratt
June 14-18, 2021, Monday-Friday, 10am - 5pm
Class fee: $850 | $70 Materials Fee Payable to Instructor
Basic metalsmithing skills are required
Submerge yourself in this week-long intensive covering basic and advanced techniques in wire weaving with the delightful Jeannie Pratt! In this workshop you will learn how to weave small sheets of metal from flattened wire to incorporate in your jewelry. You will be introduced to a variety of different patterns that can be achieved with weave structures that range from a simple over under plain weave to beautiful flowing undulating designs. There are so many fun ways to achieve different effects in weaving, including the weave pattern itself, combining different metals for contrast in the weave pattern and varying the widths of the wire used in the weave structure. Students will be encouraged to create a variety of samples. You will learn how to form your samples in the hydraulic press as well as to solder their edges. Kits will be provided with the materials to get started, as well as instructions on how to prepare the materials yourself. How to design your own weave patterns with graph paper will be introduced as well as a wealth of resources to inspire you. There will be discussions and samples on how to set and utilize your ‘woven sheet’ in brooches, pendants, beads, and earrings. The week will flow into advanced techniques including soldering a shaped liner onto flat woven sheet and then forming it. This creates a woven bare edge (great for earrings!) and is a step in making a disc bead. You will have an opportunity to try additional weave structures—pick a new pattern or two from your handout OR one of the new bonus patterns to be provided in class.
About the Instructor
Jeanie Pratt works as studio artist on the Central Coast of California. She has been a fiber artist since learning to weave in the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 1970’s and more recently has exchanged wire for yarn as the “fiber” of choice. Her metals education can be described as self-directed as she has sought out workshops and classes with a number of distinguished instructors. She has exhibited nationally in galleries, museums and shows. She currently shows at Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, MA. You can learn more about Jeanie on her website www.jeaniepratt.net.
Students MUST Bring:
- Needle nose pliers (available in studio store HERE)
- Wire cutters (available in studio store HERE)
- Fine brush for applying antiflux (available in studio store HERE)
- Optivisor (available in studio store HERE)
- Shears or cheap scissors for cutting thin metal sheet (available in studio store HERE) (Jeanie likes Joyce Chen Original Unlimited Scissors)
- Soldering pick, brush and tweezers (available in studio store)
- Digital calipers or wire gauge
- ½” Scotch Permanent Double-Sided Tape
- Ultra-fine tipped Sharpies in 2 colors (such as black and red)
- Small bottle of acetone
- Mechanical pencil with .5 mm lead and an eraser
- Sense of humor
Students MAY Bring:
- Honeycomb soldering block (at least 3” x 3”) (available in studio store HERE)
- Draw Tongs (available in studio store HERE)
- Nylon jawed pliers (available in studio store HERE)
- 3M ¾” Radial Bristle Discs and mandrels for flexshaft (available in studio store HERE)
- Simple 1” to 2” hydraulic press acrylic dies -some will be available in class to use
- Magnesia Soldering Block 6" X 3" X 1.5" (available at Amazon.com and some jewelry supply stores)
- Soft leather gloves
- 26g sterling silver sheet if you want to work in silver (24g available in studio store HERE)
- 14 to 24 gauge sterling silver (NOT FINE) wire for color contrast or if you would like to work in another metal besides copper. (if you would like to work primarily in silver, please contact me about the recommended amounts of wire to bring) (available in studio store HERE)
Material KITS Include:
Materials Kit includes copper wire, 10” each of a variety of gauges of flattened sterling silver wire, the “stuff” you need to set up a simple “loom” to weave your wire and an extensive handout with instructions and weave patterns. In addition, there will be soldering supplies available for use.
Tools are available to purchase through Danaca Design Studio with 15% student discount. Shop tools HERE. If you don’t see what you need please email us, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Review our class cancellation policy HERE.
All students must fill out and electronically submit the COVID-19 Protocol and Studio Waiver form before attending class.