About the artist
Welcome! My name is Kirra-Lea and I am a trade-qualified jeweller who has been manufacturing for over 10 years. My passion lies in contemporary jewellery, particularly using and manipulating nature and raw materials to create bespoke jewellery.
Workshop bits and pieces
This three evening workshop is specifically design for beginners with no previous experience as well as more advanced makers who are interested in adding to their skill set.
I will guide you through the process of designing and making rings and stud earrings. We will be focusing on the texturing technique of reticulation style and mixed metal fusing. Using sterling silver and copper provided to create your jewellery pieces.
It is my aim that you will finish the workshop satisfied with your unique creations and feel inspired by the possibilities of jewellery-making.
All tools and materials are covered in the workshop fee, 10g of sterling silver and 10g of copper will be provided. This will allow students to make up to two rings and 2 or more stud earrings. For bigger or more namouras projects extra metal can be purchased in class. Sterling silver will be $2.5 per gram, and copper $1.8 per gram. Card, cash and bank transfer options.
You are welcome to bring along your own metal to use in class!
What you will learn
Depletion gilding Mixed metal fusing
Reticulation Filing and emerying
Soldering Forming a ring
Drilling holes Saw piercing
Applying a patina Polishing
What is reticulation and fusing
Reticulation exploits the difference between the melting temperature of an unalloyed metal and that of an alloy of the metal; by depleting the base metal content in the surface layer, a piece can be heated in such a manner so as to render the interior of the piece molten while leaving the surface of the piece intact. The reticulated surface is formed by the thermal expansion and contraction of the interior metal which is created by deliberate variation in the application of localised heat.
Fusing is achieved, without the use of solder, by heating two pieces of metal that are touching to their melting point, resulting in the two pieces joining (fusing) into one piece.
What to bring
The classes are limited to 6 students to ensure a flexible and tailored experience. All you need to bring is yourself! Snacks, tea and coffee will be provided. Please arrive dressed appropriately: closed in shoes, long pants and hair tied back. Please note that we are working with fire and metal, so it can get a little messy!
This class is run over three Tuesday evenings starting at 6pm and going until 9pm.
19/10/21 6pm – 9pm
26/10/21 6pm – 9pm
02/11/21 6pm – 9pm
We will be creating at the beautiful Mayben Artisan Jeweller Studio, Suite 9 115/113 Main Rd, Moonah, Tasmania.
Please get in contact via instagram @kirraleajewellery or email email@example.com if you have any questions. I look forward to creating with you!