Alchemy & Relics

Get the classic look of silver without paying the current price. How? By using readily available and inexpensive, silver-bearing lead-free solder. Heated to a molten stage, the solder can be easily stamped and takes on the look of cast silver.  In this class you will learn how to etch a master stamp of heavy gauge non-ferrous sheet metal, and then use the stamp to create “cast silver” components. You will then learn to set cabochons into bezel cups which will be affixed to the “silver” impression. Riveted onto a metal backdrop, these will turn into gorgeous earrings and/or pendants …or both for the ambitious, industrious student.

(Soldering experience will be helpful, but not essential as the basics will be discussed and demonstrated.)

About the Instructor

Richard Salley began working with metal in 1969 as an assistant to Carmel, California metal sculptor Malcom Moran. His metal working experience turned to ‘found object jewelry’ after taking a workshop with Keith LoBue in 2002.

Richard has recently retired from teaching in public schools to devote more time to his art and teaching workshops around the country. His interests include digital art, mixed media collage/assemblage, sculpture and jewelry.

Richard’s work has been featured in ‘Belle Armoire Jewelry’, ‘Art Jewelry’ and ‘Jewelry Artist’ magazines, Susan Lenart-Kazmer’s book ‘Making Connections’, ‘Steel Wire Jewelry’ by Brenda Schweder, ‘Steampunk Style Jewelry’ by Jean Campbell and ‘Metal Style’ by Karen Dougherty.

Richard and his wife, Jane, live in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

  • View Richard’s work at his website
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