Quick Skills: Found Metals and Mixed Media


Found Metals and Mixed Media

Have you ever been to a junk yard or yard sale and found a piece of metal that you wanted to use for a sculpture or design but didn’t know where to begin? Maybe it was a bunch of old chains, or rusty gears and pulleys. Maybe it was covered in paint and you didn’t know how to go about prepping it.
In this class students will learn tricks to identifying different types of metals, and how to degrease and remove rust and galvanized coatings. Students will also learn different techniques and applications to safely use those pieces of found metals either in a cold application such as riveting or wire wrapping…or hot applications such as brazing and welding.

Students are expected to bring in a few different found metals to class and we will as a group talk about the options of application.

This is a great class for those artists out there who have been collecting “junk” (valuable artifacts ;)) and want to finally give those pieces new life. Or non-artist types who are just curious about some tricks on identifying metals and hot and cold applications.

This class will be part lecture and demonstration, as well as hands on practice in the different applications, covering things like riveting, tap and die, brazing, wire-wrapping, removing coatings, etc.  It will cover welding as it relates, but this is not a full-on welding class (we’ve got whole ‘nother classes for that) so we’re going to spend most of the time on other ways to connect metals to other things.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this class.  18 or older (or permission of the instructor)

Class Details: Class is offered 2x per year, spring and fall and is one session long.  Instruction fee is $60, materials and shop fee is $15.  Total $75.  Maximum of 8 students.  Next class is tentatively scheduled for Tues, 10/16/18, 7-10pm.  Will be confirmed late July.

Refunds/Rescheduling: We hope you can make the class, but things happen.  If you need to cancel or reschedule, we can refund your money 7 days ahead of the start of the class (minus a $25 registration fee) or we can reschedule you for no fee (7 days out).  There are no refunds or rescheduling after that 7 day window.  ALL of the classes cover critical material for the building of your table.  So if you miss any classes that need to be made up before proceeding to the next step, you will be required to make it up with a private lesson before continuing on with the class (at a discounted rate of $45/hr).  There are no refunds after the first class of a multi-session class.