Ginger Seiple - May 9th & 10th., 2015
Metalsmithing, Etching and Hydraulic Press Workshop
Saturday & Sunday
$390. Lunches included. plus $25 Materials Fee (payable to instructor)

BraceletsMetalsmith extraordinaire, Ginger Seiple, will be teaching the following workshop:


In this 2-day fast-paced fun-filled workshop you will be using several techniques to create both texture and dimension in metal. Texture will be mainly from etching, and literally thousands of copyright-free designs will be available to choose from to suit the individual aesthetic. These elements can be added to textures you'll obtain from milling and hammering to bring a conceptual image to life.

And while some pieces are being etched you'll be busy creating dimension using the Hydraulic Press. You'll have the opportunity to create both synclastic and anticlastic, even double anticlastic bracelets. There are about 150 different die shapes in my toolbox to use for pressing shapes, and you are welcome to cut your own die if necessary for a particular design. We'll also explore a few other ways to get dimension quickly.

There will be demonstrations, handouts and visual charts to allow easy use and understanding of the hydraulic press equipment. As well there will be demonstrations to create hollow forms using the H.P. I'll be bringing my 5 shape cutters to give even more ways to have fun with metal.
This workshop is appropriate for both beginners and advanced artisans. You may choose to experiment with shapes and forms and textures and leave the workshop with a wonderful assortment of component pieces for use later in your own designs, or you may choose to use the workshop to create one or two special pieces you've conceptualized. There will be review/demo of annealing and soldering to facilitate your objective for the workshop.

We will be working in copper. Some will be supplied in your kit, and you are welcome to bring your own to use or purchase more from me if necessary. You will also be able to etch silver or brass should this be your choice, but bring your own.

These are all samples of etched and press-formed jewelry that Ginger has done.
This is going to be a very fun, and exciting class.
EarringsSilver bracelets

Class photo
This is a photo of Ginger's class at Playing with Fire! - May 2014.
To Register:
Please call 207-594-7805 to reserve your seat, and please download and remit our Class/Workshop enrollment form, and mail with your payment by check - or - we will send an email invoice for payment via credit card. You may also submit your form by Fax: 207-594-7825.

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About Ginger

Ginger Seiple began working in metal in 1978. The first time she lit a torch an unquenchable spark ignited her soul and metal immediately became a dominant passion in her life. In 1995 she began studying traditional smithing through workshops and books while the next ten years were spent mastering metal clay, experimenting, publishing eight articles and teaching workshops.

Ginger was commissioned by Hiram College to redesign and create their Presidential Ceremonial Medallion. Ultimately her love for manipulating metal overtook design pieces created with metal clay. For the last seven years, along with the honor of teaching at CraftSummer, she has taken workshops and classes from the masters Charles Lewton-Brain, Harold O'Connor, Cappy Counard, Betty Helen Longhi, Michael Good, and various artists from the Alan Revere's Jewelry Academy in San Francisco. Gaining knowledge and techniques from those renowned artists has culminated Ginger's current passion for fold-forming, forging, and hydraulic press work.