Creating One of a Kind Jewelry Pieces

at left a silver bracelet. At right tools surround a ring-shaped metal piece on a worktable
 At left a medallion with a bird in the center. At right, a necklace with a gem

Date: June 21-25, 2021 (Summer)
Medium: Jewelry
Instructor: Ginger Seiple (email)
Skill Level: Intermediate

Several projects are proposed to demonstrate material use creating one-of-a-kind wearable metal art. The focus will be on adding movement, texture, and (a)symmetry that is pleasing. Attention will be given to help students achieve success soldering multiple small components together for one of a kind earring designs. Discussions and examples on linking components together for movement are planned.

Demos will be provided on several techniques that will help add unique textural and dimensional components for designing. Some of these demos are water and block casting, fusing, microforming, and etching. A large set-up for galvanic etching will be available to etch all base metals including steel, and silver. We will not be using acids to etch.

Also planned is a demo/project using a 3-color mokume gane for design material. The instructor will bring 3-color rod mokume for twisted star patterns, and/or small billets of 3-color mokume to create gouge patterns to forge out to the students liking.

Students will leave with several new finished creations, a new supply of textured material to continue creating with, and new ideas from the sharing environment of this workshop.

At this time, registration is closed.

Supply List

Supplies are subject to change. A final list will be emailed to each participant before the first day of class.

24-26 g silver, bits of wire (18-14g) and any small tubing you have
smooth soldering surface and T-pins
3-4 empty soup cans
crucible with holder - (
small tray
old charcoal block to modify
new block (smooth) for fusing
dry beans (to fill can), broom straw, and/or rock crystal
scrap silver or fine silver casting grain for water casting (Rio Grande)
steel block and mallet
paste flux and paint brushes
24 or 26 g silver for fusing - can be scrap or new
microforming hammers if you have them
wood blocks or stakes for forming
metal for forming - silver or jewelers brass best
silver to electro-etch - your choice the gauge - not too thin
also bring any brass, copper, bronze for etching
PNP and/or rubber stamps for etching
forging hammer, or borrow from studio
90 degree bearing bur, ball burs and cut-off wheels for mokume
files and sandpaper
3-color mokume available to purchase in class

Cost to students: approxmately $75

Studio Fee

All workshops have a studio fee. Fees are collected at the end of the workshop and payable by check or credit card. MU no longer accepts cash.

Estimated studio fee for this workshop: $TBD*

*The final cost may vary depending on the actual cost of materials at the time of the workshop. It is possible for fees to be less or greater than the range indicated depending upon individual student usage.

About the Instructor

Ginger Seiple’s first exposure and intrigue with metal forming was in 1970 at Kent State University where she was studying nursing. Her exploration into metal did not begin until 1987; prior to this time her creative energies were focused on the art of nursing and raising a family.

In 1987 when she lit a torch for the first time she ignited a passion that grew, and continues to grow, like wildfire. She left nursing behind and began a journey to learn and develop the skills she wanted to understand with metalsmithing. After a few community art center courses and becoming comfortable with a torch she built a home studio. Her desire to understand the effects of heat on metal resulted on her becoming extremely skilled at setting gemstones, and she began successfully selling her work.

She has spent the last 25 years studying with many masters. Over the years her focus has narrowed and for the last several years her studies have been mostly with masters Charles Lewton-Brain, Michael Good and David Huang, finding moving metal using their methods most enjoyable to her aesthetic sense.

Another facet of Gingers’ metal journey is her passion for teaching. Having been fortunate to learn from many masters has not only given her many great skills but the example of wonderfully giving educators. She has taught workshops all over the midwest, and currently teaches annually in Oxford, Ohio at Miami University's CraftSummer Program, and in Maine where she biannually teaches workshops and TA’s for master goldsmith Michael Good in his studio.

Creatively she still enjoys the fine intricate contemporary work she does with her gemstone creations as much as the larger more sculptural pieces she is experimenting with as she develops the anticlastic, raising and forging she is learning.