Making Chenier and Hinge Systems

14 May 2020 - 15 May 2020 · 9.30am - 4.30pm
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How often are you in need of a small piece of chenier, but it is not available from the shop or would take too long to arrive? Knowing how to make a chenier and hinges can be cost-effective and quick way to progress your work. In this two-day short course award-winning jewellery designer-maker Elisavet Messi will show you how to make chenier from metal sheet in different sizes, shapes and wall thicknesses.

Making your own tubing can take just 15 to 20 minutes. So, understanding how to make chenier and hinges is an essential skill for any practicing metalsmith. Elisavet will cover all essential skills of chenier making and show you how to coil tube and use them to make your own hinges and closure systems

With limited spaces for 8 participants, it offers you the chance to get group as well as individual guidance suited to your needs.  

Programmed in partnership with The Worshipful Company of Silver and Gold Wyre Drawers and in celebration of the exhibition Drawn and Formed: Contemporary Work with Gold and Silver Wire.

What will I learn?

  • How to calculate materials and make chenier from sheet metal
  • How to coil tube
  • How to use tube as findings and create mechanisms
  • How to make hinges 
  • How to make a hollow bangle with hinged system and tube clasp

What do I need to bring with me?

  • Set of needle file
  • Half round hand file with handle
  • Steel ruler
  • Pair of dividers
  • Piercing saw frame + saw blades
  • Rawhide mallet
  • Paint brush for borax
  • Soldering probe or tweezers
  • Tin snips
  • Note book + pen

What will we provide?

  • Full set of swage blocks and steel straights
  • Soldering equipment
  • Emery stick 
  • 2/0 blades bundle
  • Silver Hard solder
  • Silver sheet & wire

Who is this course designed for?

Intermediate: Some practical experience and basic soldering skills a must.

Who is the tutor?

Elisavet Messi is an award-winning professional goldsmith. Trained in Greece where she learned all the traditional techniques of goldsmithing, she has used her training to develop a contemporary approach toward design after graduating from the University of Creative Arts in 2015. She now uses her experience to create pieces of sculptural quality that successfully balance modern and traditional jewellery techniques.

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