Friday, May 19, 2017
9:30 - 4:30 pm
Sand Casting is a fun and easy way to replicate pieces without having an expensive casting set up. This simple method of casting can be done easily with an acetylene air torch. No need for mixed fuel and oxygen, however it can still be done with a mixed fuel system. We will also experiment with numerous finishing techniques
Saturday, May 20, 2017
9:30 - 4:30 pm
A swage block is most commonly known in the blacksmithing profession. It is a multipurpose tool that allows you to move metal into various shapes easily. Melissa Muir has developed her own swage block and now you can learn how to use this interesting tool to create graceful tubes, cones and curves with nothing more than a hammer, swage block and flat piece of metal. You will create multiple jewelry pieces including the beautiful lily pendant, cone earrings and more
Sunday, May 21, 2017
9:30 - 4:30 pm
Fold forming is a technique developed by Charles Lewton-Brain where metal is folded and moved with various hammers and other tools to create stunning works of art, whether large or on a small jewelry scale. Join Melissa Muir as she introduces you to multiple types of folds while you create bracelets, pendants and earrings. Learn more about creating three-dimensional pieces as you repeatedly fold, forge, anneal and unfold the metal. This is a great way to add a lot of depth, dimension and texture to your current body of jewelry work.
About the Aritist
My jewelry making journey began in 2004 as a creative outlet while working as a professional computer trainer in the Washington, DC area. I started by playing with wire and a cheap pair of pliers from a local craft store. It was never my intention to make jewelry as a living or even on the scale of which I do now. My first formal jewelry making workshop was in the summer of 2005 where I was introduced to basic soldering techniques. From that point on, I was smitten! I have attended a few jewelry making workshops to help strengthen certain skill sets. Most recently I have attended several semesters in the metalsmithing program offered at the University of Akron in Ohio, where my skills continue to grow by leaps and bounds.
As I continued to play and work with wire and fire, it became apparent to me and those around that I have quite a natural talent in the jewelry arts. I am still amazed when a simple sheet of metal and length of wire become a piece of wearable art. It isn't uncommon to find me in stunned silence after finishing a complex piece, wondering how in the world it came from my head and hands.
After moving to the Akron area in Ohio with my husband and two young daughters, I decided it was a good time to get serious about jewelry making and see where I could take it. I have not been disappointed. And based on the comments of my customers, they haven't been disappointed either.
While I enjoy creating unique jewelry items, my passion lies in teaching. My classes are filled with energy and an easy going atmosphere. My goal is to have my students walk out comfortable with new techniques and confident in their own jewelry making ability. Working as a professional computer trainer for 10 years I learned that there are many ways to teach, and each person learns differently. I strive to use that knowledge to benefit my students. When you take a class from me, I won't ever "leave you in the dust". I will do my very best to make sure you understand the concept and technique we are covering in that course. I look forward to expanding my teaching opportunities.