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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

  • • heet: 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

MAAD-Jewellery Studio Schedule, MCA 217- Summer 2017

Please note that only students enrolled in courses in Jewellery Studio have access to facility during summer months. Inquiries regarding access for out-of-program students should be directed to the Studio Technician for this area.

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

Contact

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