Exploring the Monad: Designing, Forming and Shaping Metal on August 7th, 10th, 11th, 2024


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In this session introducing the shaping and forming of metal you will explore the timeless form of the circle and sphere https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monad_(philosophy). This form is in constant use in the world of jewellery making – not only because of its ubiquity in all areas of our lives but also because our forms, our bodies, are round and spherical.  

You will learn:

-          The fundamentals of hard soldering non-ferrous metals

-          Basic non-ferrous metallurgy

-          Jewellery design principals

-          Introduction to constructing with sterling silver

-          You will create a sterling silver ring/pendant that will introduce you to:

o   Accurate measuring and marking on metal using specialized hand tools

o   Sawing, filing

o   Soldering

o   An introduction to smithing using different hammers and daps

o   Annealing. And an explanation why understanding and performing this process is a cornerstone of metal smithing non-ferrous metals.

o   Simple patterning

o   Finishing basics

All sessions are taught in Donna’s spacious and well-equipped studio in downtown Hamilton. You will learn by seeing and doing - beginning a project in the first session! You will be supported by in-person demonstrations, step-by-step instructions, one-on-one coaching and mentoring and access to comprehensive notes and images available online. Please bring a dust mask, pencil, notebook, and a small container to store your projects.  Session fee includes all supplies and materials.

 This session is suitable for both newcomers to the craft of jewellery making as well as those who have some experience.

Sessions are limited to six participants.

Dates and Times and Location:

August 7th, Wednesday: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

August 10th, Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (1-hour lunch break)

August 11th, Sunday:  10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (1-hour lunch break)


You will receive an email with the callbox # at the building entrance. Enter the number you receive, identify yourself, and Donna will buzz you in. Take the elevator to the 5th floor, turn right. 

All payments for workshops and classes are non-refundable. If public health restrictions come into effect that prevent classes from taking place we will reschedule to a later date. 

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