Pat Glover, our extraordinary resident glass artist, will share her expertise in a lecture and demonstration of making spiculums (small metal cones) which may be suitable for earrings or even cuff bracelet/ necklace caps.
The spiculum is lightweight and extremely strong for its size, so it works well in projects ranging from delicate earrings to large vases. This technique uses lightweight hammers to shape the metal over plastic, wooden, and steel stakes. The process is rapid, easy to learn, and it is an excellent introduction to the plasticity of metals and the wonderful forms which can only be made by hammering.
The following are examples of the uses of spiculums in jewelry.
Judy Ochs "Virgin"
Two interpretations of spiculums by Betty Helen Longhi
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