Ginger Seiple - May 6; 7 and 8th, 2016

Metalsmithing Workshop
Friday evening class - Reticulation Workshop
 $95 plus (Materials Fee payable to instructor)
 or $75 if taking the Hydraulic Press class too.

Saturday & Sunday - Hydraulic Press Workshop.
$390  Lunches included. plus (Materials Fee payable to instructor), Lunches included.

Donut RingsWild Indigo Spring 2016 Workshop

Another fun-filled weekend is planned exploring metalworking. Metalsmith extraordinaire, Ginger Seiple, will be teaching the following workshops:

Skill Level:
There will be projects and examples for all skill levels. We willl discuss the levels of each thoroughly for appropriate decision making. For those not keen on a lot of soldering (beginner) the HP Bangle project is perfect. A beginner would enjoy and be able to complete the bangle, or cuff if preferred, and the ring easily.

RETICULATION WORKSHOP - Friday evening 6-9:30

Retriculated Ring Retriculation sample

We will be using 80/20 reticulation silver in this workshop. A blank sheet of this alloy will be provided for each student. We'll be using a copper depletion reticulation technique to prepare the metal. Several ways of achieving different reticulated results will be demonstrated including foldforming, volcano propping, and directional reticulating. There will be time to use some of your samples for some quick earrings, and I'll be demonstrating a way to easily frame samples for rings and/or pendants.

There are two design options for the first project in this workshop. We will be working in silver.

     Linked, hidden clasp bracelet
A hydraulically pressed hidden link and clasp 3-layer bracelet is one option. This bracelet is designed with multiple shapes that complement the individual aesthetic. Each link/shape has additional layers for interest, and is hydraulically pressed for even more dimension. The linkage and clasp are hidden under the pressed links giving an endless look to your design.
This is a single layer version of a hidden clasp, linked bracelet with garnets.

              Open bangle cuff w/peridots
A second option is a uniquely shaped, hydraulically pressed open bangle with 2 peridots. This cuff bracelet which opens on the top of the arm, has wire and/or stone embellishment, and is hydraulically pressed as well.

                      Donut Rings

Donut rings will be the lunchtime demo. Super easy. They are a hollow ring that is both synclasted and anticlasted. 

  There may be time for more creating in the weekend workshop, depending on how you work. The second project may be the other bracelet, or may be any project you choose. There will be many dies to choose from for design purposes, and texture plates will be available if you want your metal to have interesting patterns. You may also have some reticulation silver from Friday night to use in the designs. All the necessary tools will be provided for these workshops. The cost of the metal will be determined closer to the workshop. Metal can be purchased from me or you may bring your own.

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 emailing a .PDF
scanned version to

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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.