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Material Art & Design - Jewellery Studio

Overview

The Material Art & Design (MAAD) Jewellery Studio (MCA 217) provides students with the opportunity to explore the media and practices of jewellery and metalsmithing. Processes undertaken in the studios include:

  • Metal casting in bronze and silver
  • Metal fabrication in silver, copper, brass and nickel
  • Hot and cold joining techniques
  • Soldering using silver or gold solder with natural gas and oxygen or oxyacetylene
  • Sawing using jeweller's saw frame
  • Filing
  • Emerying (by hand or with belt sander)
  • Drilling (both drill press and flex shaft)
  • Polishing
  • Riveting
  • Jump rings
  • Forging (both hot and cold)
  • Surface finishing
  • Forming (including forging, smithing, hydraulic press and bending break)
  • Machining (unimat, sherline, lathe)
  • Milling machine
  • Ultrasonic (for cleaning debris off work from polishing)
  • Steamer (for cleaning debris off work from polishing)
  • Use of mild acid for the cleanup of metal after soldering
  • Use of chemicals for the colouring and patination of metal
  • Tool making (using grinder and belt sander)
  • Plating using pen plater
  • Material fabrication (making alloys and ingots for fabricating sheet and wire)
  • Drawing wire using draw bench
  • Stone setting

Materials

The following materials are readily available for students to purchase:

Sterling silver

  • • Sheet: 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26 gauge
  • • Wire: round, .8, 1, 1.5, 2, 3, 4 mm
  • • Wire: round, 2, 3, 4 mm
  • • Wire: square, 2, 4, 6 mm
  • • Sterling silver casting grain
  • • Sterling silver tubing: 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5 mm OD

Fine silver

  • • Sheet: 18, 20, 22, 24 gauge
  • • Wire: round, .5 mm
  • • Fine silver casting grain

Silver solder: hard, medium and easy

Copper

  • • Sheet: 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24 gauge
  • • Wire: round: 1, 2, 3, 6.3, 9.5 mm
  • •  Pipe: 1.5, 2 inch OD

Brass

  • • Sheet: 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, gauge
  • • Wire: round: 1, 3, 6.3, 12.7 mm

Nickel

  • • Sheet: 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, gauge

Niobium

  • • Sheet: 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28 gauge
  • • Wire: round in a variety of sizes

Bronze casting grain

Investment for casting

Wax for casting

  • • Blue: sheet & wire
  • • Blue: ring wax in a variety of sizes and profiles
  • • Blue: sprue wax in a variety of sizes
  • • Red: sprue wax in a variety of sizes
  • • Brown sculpture wax
  • • Pink sheet: 20, 22, 24 gauge
  • • Green sheet: 20, 22, 24 gauge

Drill rod

  • • 1/4 inch oil hardened
  • • 3/8 inch oil hardened

Findings

  • Pin backs: nickel and sterling
  • Tie tack pins
  • Earring posts and butterflies

Drill bits (4 Pkg containing .8, 1, 1.5, 2mm)

Miscellaneous

  • • Stone setting kits (pusher handles, steel, wax, brass rod)
  • • Pink wheels
  • • Buffs: a variety of small muslin buffs
  • • Screw mandrels
  • • Emery paper: 120, 220, 320, 400, 600
  • • Saw blades: 1/0, 2/0, 3/0, 4/0, 6/0, 8/0
  • • Spiral wax blades
  • • Flux
  • • Press-N-Peel blue transfer film
  • • Styrene sheets (for model making)
  • • Acrylic (for hydraulic press)

Materials can be purchased from Technicians or Class Assistants during posted material sale hours.  Please visit the MAAD-Jewellery Studio or consult the schedule for sales hours.  For more information regarding materials purchasing policy, please see the Buying materials page.

Schedules

Fall studio schedules will be posted shortly.

Studio schedules are subject to change without notice. Please consult studio doors for the most up-to-date information.

Inquiries regarding access for out-of-program students should be directed to the Studio Technician for this area.

Contact

Greg Bauer
Technician
416-977-6000, Ext. 281
Office: 217a
gbauer@faculty,ocadu.ca