Ginger Seiple - May 19; 20 and 21st, 2017

Metalsmithing Workshop
Friday evening class -Tension-Set Ring Workshop
 $95 plus
   or $85 if taking the Saturday, Sunday class too.

Saturday -Forged Faceted Bangles.
Sunday -Hydraulic Press Wave Bracelets.
$390  Lunches included.


Spring 2017 Workshop

Another weekend of making metal move has been planned. A Friday evening ring workshop will start things off. The no-solder architectural ring design can be completed in the evening session. A two-day weekend session follows focusing on bracelets. On Saturday the students will forge two faceted bangles, and Sundays' project is creating a fun, crunch wave cuff using the hydraulic press.

Tension-Set Ring Workshop - Friday evening 6-9:30

Come join us Friday evening to create this contemporary ring that is completely cold-connected and easy and quick to fabricate. You will increase your precision and design skills creating components that fit together to capture a beautiful pearl, gemstone or marble you want to showcase. Bring your own glass or gemstone, or use one from a selection available to the class.
After creating the components you'll easily finish and polish them before using miniature nuts and bolts and special tools to connect and secure them.
This ring design allows much light to pass through your captured stone or marble, enhancing it beautifully.
You will be using 16 gauge sterling silver for the ring base, and brass and silver for the cold-connections. The material fee for this workshop project is $40.00, providing everything necessary. A base metal option is available at a $20.00 fee.
You need very few tools: bring a flat and a half-round ring file in a medium coarse or O grit, and some 240, 320 and 400 grit sandpaper if you have them, or I will have sandpaper and files to share if you don't. All other tools for the project will be provided.


Bracelet Workshop
In this workshop students will create bracelets both manually and by using the hydraulic press to move the metal.
Forged Faceted Bangles - Saturday
First, using 4- gauge round wire students will learn how to forge using steel hammers on steel mandrels and anvils to transform the heavy round wire and create lovely faceted bangles. It's an enjoyable metalsmithing process that gives insight into metals plasticity, and the projects are heirloom designs. There is a zen to the rhythm of the hammer and the way the metal responds, and a satisfaction. Two different bangles will be demonstrated and there is time to forge both in this workshop.
Stearling Silver Forged BaceletsThis project can be done in either silver or copper. Material fee in silver is $35.00 per bangle, copper $8.00, per bangle.
You will need a polished round bracelet mandrel, and a heavy planishing hammer, both available from jewelry supply houses. You will want your own tools for this project to allow you to forge at your own pace. Everything else you'll need will be provided.

Please note: While it is highly recommended that you purchase a polished round bracelet mandrel, we do have one or two available for use in the studio.

Hydraulic Press Crunch Cuff Bracelets - Sunday
The workshop will finish with a fun hydraulic press 'crunch' cuff bracelet. It can be done in either silver (@$40.00) or bronze (@$8.00).
This technique is a synclastic process using steel rings and urethane to move the metal in the press. The metal is prepared by embossing, also on the press, to give the metal areas to 'crunch' around as the pressure is applied.

Each piece is unique and sculptural. Each student will follow the same process but the final look is determined by the students' choices.
By doing these projects together the student can see clearly the effects of the pressure applied by the hammer in the hand -vs- the pressure of the hydraulic press, and the way the metal responds to both of these pressures. A good insight for any metal worker!

Stearling Silver Crunch CuffsStearling Silver Crunch Cuffs
Bronze Wave Bracelet Cuff

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.