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In this weekend workshop, students will explore a variety of methods for creating one of a kind handmade chains. Using pliers and simple jigs, students learn how to form jump rings of all sizes and shapes. Students will then make samples of different chain patterns and styles. Wire wrapping techniques, used for incorporating stones and found objects, will also be introduced by the instructor.
Going beyond the basic circle chains and hoops, students will learn ways to alter the wire’s surface and texture by hammering, twisting, carving and drilling. This class is open to all levels; all tools and materials will be provided.
The Steel Yard is located at 27 Sims Avenue, Providence RI 02909
WHAT TO WEAR
For all courses, students must wear a pair of close-toed shoes like sneakers or boots (no sandals, no flip-flops, no peep-toe pumps). Also, you should dress expecting to get a little dirty. Art is messy. In addition, students in metalworking courses must wear clothes made from either cotton or wool—synthetic fabrics like fleece and polyester are not safe near an open flame. Pants are required and long sleeves are recommended. Any clothing that has been frayed is not permitted. The studio is well stocked with heavy-duty welding jackets, but if you have your own, feel free to bring it.
All students are required to fully read the Steel Yard Registration & Enrollment Policies before attending the first class. Registrants who withdraw from a course at least 10 days prior to the course’s start date may receive a refund, less a $40 registration fee. There are no refunds or rescheduling within 10 days. By not budgeting for cancellations, The Steel Yard is able to keep costs as low as possible for our students.
The Steel Yard offers scholarships in all of our teaching departments, which make our open enrollment courses accessible to students who may not otherwise be able to afford this unique industrial arts opportunity.