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Patty Lakinsmith: Mad Science-Electroforming – Nov 18 & 19

November 18, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Patty Lakinsmith: Mad Science-Electroforming – Nov 18 & 19

Instructor Patty Lakinsmith
November 18 & 19, 2017
Saturday-Sunday 10AM-6PM

This class is designed to help students master the basics of copper electroforming, while also introducing them to the incredible versatility of the technique. This workshop is intended for flameworkers, but the information is useful to anyone with the desire to learn.

What you will learn
-Electroforming basics
-How to set up an electroforming system
-How to electroform onto glass
-How to electroform with organic materials (twigs, etc.)
-How to troubleshoot problems
-How to create a detailed design using electroforming
-How to make and attach bales onto flameworked glass

On the second day, students will make flameworked pieces to electroform on.

No background in electricity or chemistry is needed. This class is suitable for beginners. Please see details below on what to bring to class. There is a $50 material fee due on the first day of class.


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Session I: November 18 & 19, 2017 / Saturday-Sunday /10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (1/2 hour lunch break)
Material fee of $50.

Bring a lunch or cash as we will be ordering out for lunch.
Natural fabric clothing recommended. Please wear close-toed shoes and have hair pulled back.
-Up to 3 of your own previously made beads for possible electroforming (you will receive an email describing appropriate types prior to class).

-Organic material you want to electroform (e.g. seed pods, nuts, acorn caps). Patty will also be bringing some of these organic materials to class if you don’t have any.
-Round nose pliers
-Pin vases or other wire holding tools for making beads on headpins
-Marvering tool
-Flat/chain nose pliers
-Wire cutters (don’t have to be flush cutters)


Patty-Lankinsmith-BioI have been playing with hot glass for a while now.  In 2003 I happened to take an introductory bead making class, and with great stress I produced a number of horrible UFOs (Unidentified Fried Objects).  I was terrified of the flame, and completely useless.  But there was no turning back; my curious passion for bead making was awoken and it has not slept since.  It mystifies me to this day that I had never seen a lampwork bead before I took my first class, and would not see any for several months as I practiced cautiously in my garage.
One of the things I find so fascinating, so addictive about this art is that the possibilities are endless – countless colors, techniques, styles. I have been lucky to have taken classes from some amazing artists who have taught me a ton of amazing and endlessly useful things about fine silver, glass, electricity, color, and form.
I am a member of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB) and Lampwork Etc., and am a registered Self Representing Artist (SRA #L-43).
When I’m not melting glass and making jewelry I enjoy cooking, gardening, fishing and hiking with my family and our exuberant chocolate lab,  and most recently, raising chickens.


Additional information


Class is subject to cancellation if minimum number of students is not met.


Some classes require protective eye wear (eye wear provided by SGS). All students required to wear closed toed-shoes.


November 18, 2017
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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