Workshops and Lectures  
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Workshops and Lectures
IRA SHERMAN


- Fold Forming Techniques for Metalsmiths
Fold forming was developed as a metal forming system by Charles Lewton-Brain in the early 1980's/ Charles
has demonstrated his extensive knowledge in workshops and lecturers throughout the world. His
publications update new developments in fold form process. (Write: Charles Lewton-Brain, 1407 14 th Ave. N.
W. , Calgary, Alberta, T2N 4R3 )  The technique takes advantage of the inherent plastic properties of metal.
Using sheet metal that is folded and stretched, the student will explore a variety structures.
Students will be introduced to fold-form techniques in both Ferris and non Ferris metals including
line folds, dapped line folds, T-Folds,  (double, tapered, & arched) , Plunkett fold, Good fold, Dapped T-Folds,
"air repousse'"  Heloide folds, Heistad cup, Dapped and roller printed folds, Scored and Pleated folds, folds
using shims,  wire scoring and folding.
Hands On Participation Workshop Limit - 12,     18 contact hours Hands on workshop
Demonstration Workshop only - Limit - 20,  6 hours
Recommended tools and supplies:
- Planishing stakes
- Hammers, vise plates
- Rawhide or plastic mallet
- Small and medium forging hammer (smooth or polished)
- Small and medium cross peen hammer  (smooth or polished)
- Small and medium planishing hammer  (smooth or polished)
- 6-8 inch vise with smooth or polished jaws (sturdy mount)
-12" x 12"  24ga. copper sheet  (1/student)
- 6" x 6"  22ga. Copper sheet  (1/student)
-Cotton lace
- Dapping blocks and punches
- Oxy/Gas torches
- Med. and easy silver solder and soldering set up
- Polished butter knife (1/student)
- Rolling Mill
- Scribe, sketch pad, rubber cement
- Aviation snips
- Finishing files
-16ga steel binding wire
- Jewelers saw
- Burnishes
- Fabric for roller printing
- EYE AND EAR PROTECTION


-Hot Metal Forging For Jewelers and Metalsmiths
Copper, Silver, brass and gold can be successfully forged while working the metal red hot.  Hot forged metals
will forge out very quickly and do not need to be repeatedly annealed. Hot forging allows the metalsmith to
forge out large billets of metal allowing the artist to use larger more dynamic forged design elements.
Students will learn how to alloy and pour sterling silver ingots then forge the poured ingots into square billets.
Students will forge the billets into  variety of predetermined designs using a variety hot metal forging
techniques. The forged elements made in this class can be directly integrated into future jewelry or sculpture
designs.
This is an intermediate metalsmithing class and students should have some experience with jewelry and
metalsmithing  fabrication techniques and studio tools.
Studio Requirements:
-Rolling Mill  *optional
- Planishing stakes *optional
- Forging  Hammers
- Strong bench mounted vise (1)
- Forging Anvils (4)
- Annealing kilns (2)
- Tongs for handling hot forged rod  
- Ingot mold, crushable and melting torch
Student tools and supplies:
- Medium weight crosspeen hammer
- Medium weight round forging hammer
- Small and medium cross peen hammer  (smooth or polished)
- 2 oz  .999 fine silver
- 1/2 oz.  .999 copper
- EYE AND EAR PROTECTION


-  Tool Making For Jewelers and Metalsmiths
This  3 day hands on blacksmithing workshop will introduce students to basic blacksmithing tools and
techniques needed to make hot forged steel tools used in making fold form jewelry.  Students will be making
their own steel chasing, planishing and forging tools.  Students will hand forge high quality custom cross
peen hammers and planishing hammers from inexpensive ball peen and claw hammers.  Instructor will
demonstrate forging  sinusoidal stakes from tapered mandrels and grinding simple chasing and texturing
tools.  Students also will learn to harden, temper and polish their steel tools.
Studio Requirements:
Well equipped Blacksmith Shop with:
-gas forge
- power hammer (optional)
- 3 anvils
- 3 post vise
- Chop saw
- Bench grinders and belt sander
- Oxygen /Acetylene  torch with rosebud tip
-Two coil car springs  (junk yard purchase)
-Two boxes large cut nails
-Two boxes Long concrete nails
- 10 feet 1/2 "  square mild steel rod
Student supplies:
-Two old cheap claw or ball peen hammers (8oz or 12oz. hammers work best)
-Two 8" tapered punches (auto supply store)
- Leather gloves
-Leather apron
-Eye protection
-Hearing protection
-Heavy all leather shoes


- Pneumatic and Electronic Mechanization Techniques for  Artists
32 contact hours
This workshop is for students who wish to apply self contained electrical and air powered kinetic movement
to their designs. Students use electrical components salvaged from electronic toys as "sensors" and activator
devices. These sensors are then redesigned to connect with pneumatic or hydraulic mechanical systems.
The workshop is structured for artists with little or no electrical or mechanical engineering background. Ira
Sherman will supply all electronic and mechanical components needed to demonstrate and build a working
kinetic device. These components can be later purchased if students wish to build and keep a group
sculpture project. Participants should have experience in basic metal fabrication techniques. Students and
instructor need access to a well equipped metals fabrication sculpture studio or jewelry/metalsmithing facility.
The supplies for this workshop are crated and shipped in advance. The workshop can be presented as a one
day demonstration or a five day team-design-build project. The workshop includes all special pneumatic and
electrical devices but does not include metal parts for a design/build project. These extra materials are
usually acquired by a class field trip to the local scrap yard. Students and instructor should have access to a
metal fab shop that is equipped with a TIG or MIG welder, floor drill press, and 6" swing (or larger) metal lathe.
Limit 15 students


- Jewelry Casting Techniques for the Studio Artist
Students will learn basic techniques for wax model carving ,  model sprewing, investment and burnout
techniques. Emphasis will be on producing porosity free castings with extreme detail in silver or gold   All
techniques will be adapted for use in an artist studio environment.
Demonstration Participation Limit - 20
Hands on Participation Limit  - 12 Students,  contact hours 20
Requirements:
Fully equipped jewelry studio  with vacuum investing machine, centrifugal  casting machine, burnout kiln,  
sprew bases, small investment flasks (approx. 2-3" x  2")
Supplies:
Hard carving wax,  sprew wax,  sterling silver casting metal


- RTV Silicone Mold Making Techniques for the Jeweler/Artist
RTV Silicone rubber compounds are very useful for making high quality wax and plastic reproductions of
original jewelry designs, textures and found objects. Students will construct their own mold frames, design
original small scale models and learn to accurately cut, and inject wax copies of the molded model.
Contact Hours - 6
Participation Limit - 6 students
Supplies:
-11 pound Dow Corning RTV E Silicone Rubber Lot
- 25 surgical blades and 3 blade handles
- 2 feet x 1 foot    1/8"  Aluminum Plate



- Basic Jewelry Stone Setting techniques
Students will learn basic gem stone setting techniques for :
Prong and crown settings
Bezel Settings
Channel settings
Bearing settings
Demonstration Participation Limit - 16
Hands on Participation Limit - 8, contact hours 28
Requirement:
General Jewelry Studio with soldering stations and  bench pins set up for at least 8 students
Supplies:
- 24,   5mm  round faceted CZs
- 30,   3mm  round faceted CZs
- 24  silver 4 or 6 prong die struck heads
- Calibrated stone setting burrs for the above stones
-Burnishes, stone setting pliers, Flex shaft machine with variable chuck attachment        


- 24K Kum-Boo Technique with Fold Forming
Kum-Boo 24K gold overlay technique is a stunning way to add the color and the richness of high karat gold to
sterling silver jewelry designs. Students will learn  how to make their own overlay 24K gold foil from a pure
gold ingot.  Student will design and fabricate a simple sterling fold form brooch and apply Kum-Boo to their
designs.   Each student will leave the class with a completed sterling and gold art object.
3'x2' Sterling Silver 18 gauge
Silver Solder – Medium and Hard
2 inches of 12 gauge round Sterling Silver Wire
Agate Burnisher (Tungsten-Good, regular steel burnisher would be OK, but not preferred)
1 - 10" Serrated with Blunt Ends Tweezer (Non Locking)
Leather gloves
Sharp Scissors to cut through gold foil
2 Sheets of Tracing Paper



- Applied Fold Form Technique For Jewelers and Metalsmiths
Fold Form technique can easily be adapted to the creation of fine jewelry and hollowware in precious metals.  
When fold forms are "decked" they become structurally solid hollow forms that can be cut and redecked into
an infinite variety of art objects.  This class will focus on the design and creation of hollow form jewelry objects
in precious metals with emphasis on craftsmanship and surface treatments.  Students who attend this class
should have some previous  experience creating and planishing fold formed objects and have a good
understanding of high temperature silver solder soldering technique.
Studio Requirements:
Well equipped Jewelry/Metalsmithing Studio with:
-Rolling Mill
- Planishing stakes
- Hammers
- Strong bench mounted vise
- Forging Anvil
Recommended student tools and supplies:
- Rawhide or plastic mallet
- Small and medium forging hammer (smooth or polished)
- Small and medium cross peen hammer  (smooth or polished)
- Small and medium planishing hammer  (smooth or polished)
- 6-8 inch vise with smooth or polished jaws (sturdy mount)
- 4" x 6"  22ga. Fine Silver Sheet  (1/student)
- 6" x 6"  22ga. Sterling Silver sheet  (1/student)
- Medium and Hard silver solder ( 2' of  20ga. wire solder each)
- Karat gold sheet (optional)
-Cotton lace
- Dapping blocks and punches
- Oxy/Gas torches
- Med. and easy silver solder and soldering set up
- Polished butter knife (1/student)
- Rolling Mill
- Scribe, sketch pad, rubber cement
- Aviation snips
- Finishing files
-16ga steel binding wire
- Jewelers saw
- Burnishes
- Fabric for roller printing
- EYE AND EAR PROTECTION



- Fold Form Techniques in Ferrous Metals for Blacksmiths and Metalsmiths
Jewelers Fold Forming techniques can be modified and interpreted in larger scale using blacksmith and
steel fabrication techniques.   Design pattern layout is essentially the same for fold forming in non-ferrous
metals but heavier thicknesses and larger steel objects often require high working temperatures and
specialized tools used buy blacksmiths.  This workshop will demonstrate a variety of fold forms in 1/16 - 3/16
mild steel plate.   Students should have some experience with blacksmithing technique and completely
understand the etiquette and safety requirements used in blacksmith studios.
Hands On Participation Workshop Limit - 12,     18 contact hours Hands on workshop
Demonstration Workshop only - Limit - 20,  6 hours
Recommended tools and supplies:
- Complete blacksmith studio with gas forge
- 4 anvils  and 2 post vise (or similar sturdy vise)
- Supplies:1/16 mild steel plate,   3/16 mild steel plate
EYE AND EAR PROTECTION


- Steel vs. Copper: Experimental Forging Techniques for Jewelers
This workshop will introduce the Jeweler/Metalsmith to the premeditated
forging process used in basic blacksmithing technique. The forms and
techniques being demonstrated in steel will become the inspiration for the
student to design a collection of smaller scale forged elements in non-Ferris
metal. These small forged elements will then become prototype forms for
future jewelry designs. Students will learn basic blacksmith techniques and get a chance to work directly with
forging hot mild steel, the forms and techniques demonstrated in mild steel will then be interpreted into
designs using hot and cold forged 1/4 inch copper rod.
20 contact hours, Limit 12 students
Recommended tools and supplies:
- Complete blacksmith studio with gas forge
- 4 anvils  and 2 post vise (or similar sturdy vise)
- Supplies: 12 feet ½ inch mild steel square rod,  6 feet round or square ¼ inch pure copper wire
EYE AND EAR PROTECTION


-Steel and Bronze Forging Techniques for Sculptors and Metalsmiths
This workshop is open to anyone, novice or skilled, who is interested in learning the basic skills or honing his
or her skills of hand forging non-leaded bronze (naval bronze) and mild steel. Ira will demonstrate traditional
blacksmith forging techniques for forming these metals into sculptural and utilitarian objects. This hands-on
workshop will place equal emphasis on aesthetics and technique.
20 contact hours, Limit 12 students
Recommended tools and supplies:
- Complete blacksmith studio with gas forge
- 4 anvils  and 2 post vise (or similar sturdy vise)
- Supplies: 12 feet ½ inch mild steel square rod,  6 feet round or square ¼ inch pure copper wire
EYE AND EAR PROTECTION
20 contact hours, Limit 12 students
Recommended tools and supplies:
- Complete blacksmith studio with gas forge
- 4 anvils  and 2 post vise (or similar sturdy vise)
- Supplies: 12 feet ½ inch mild steel square rod,  6 feet round or square ¼ inch pure copper wire
EYE AND EAR PROTECTION


- Plant Cell Physiology as Artistic Inspiration
Often the results of a scientific discovery becomes the inspiration for artistic expression.  Students rarely have
a chance to get a formal introduction to the creative process of melding two seemingly unrelated academic
disciplines.  This 6-8  week class will teach the basic use of traditional microscopes and the use of  a
computer enhanced optical microscope to examine specimens of plant cells and later modify optical images
of these cells into 2 dimensional computer generated color artwork.
7 contact hours
Maximum Student Participation - 12,  
All students  will receive basic introduction on the use of a microscope,  plant cell physiology,  and rules of
abstract graphic design.  Students will be divided into teams of 5 students to identify a plant specimen,
prepare a microscope slide of the specimen and transform the microscopic cell image into a artistic graphic
image.
Techniques:
-Basic slide preparation
-Basic microscope technique
-Basic computer processes including applying graphic filters to photographs of microscopic   specimens.
Supplies:
- 5 good quality 30-120x microscopes with illumination
- Two color ink jet cartridges
- Microscope slides and cover slips  
- 20 page personal sketch pad of 8 x 10 paper (homemade pads are just fine)
- Blank CDs
Students requirements:
Science laboratory etiquette requires students to be attentive and   courteous  to each other and be able to
work together as a team.  Not every student will be doing the same procedure and students will need to be
able to explain and share to each member of the team what they have learned.
No food, drinks or gum  is ever allowed in the science lab.
Workshops
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