Lisa Colby

Fabricating Dimensional Metal Jewelry

Lisa Colby
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Meet metalsmith and jewelry artist Lisa Colby as you get started making metal jewelry with dimension! First, learn how to cut and texture discs for an articulated necklace. Then, forge and drill bar links and connect everything together with dynamic heat rivets for a surprising design element!
Follow along with Lisa as you create a circular copper pendant that's custom-textured to your liking. Learn how to form and attach a textured bail and watch Lisa's techniques for dapping and attaching a gorgeous saucer using the riveting technique you learned in Lesson 1.
Start fold-forming with Lisa's approachable technique! You'll learn how to create a crisp crease in your sheet metal and add texture with a riveting hammer. Lisa shows you how to anneal work-hardened pieces until they're soft enough to open, revealing beautiful leaf shapes. You'll even double fold-forms, which can be transformed into earrings, brooches or anything else!
Explore doming techniques as you form copper into a synclastic piece: one in which each side curves in the same direction, such as a wide hoop earring. Lisa shows you how to dome using a wooden dapping block, forming and refining the earring. Then, solder into place an earring post you make yourself!
Put your new skills to work as you transform a dapped form into a hollow structure. Discover ways to solder a disc to the back of your piece and learn how to safely cut away the excess and file your pendant. Then, learn the trick to soldering hollow forms a second time and neatly attach a jump ring bail.
Working with tubing opens up a world of opportunity! Explore techniques to easily create a hollow box form as Lisa shows you how to use an inexpensive tool to cut symmetrical pieces from tubes. Then, shape the tube to your liking and prepare the piece for soldering with tricks to achieve a perfectly flush rim.
Learn how to solder the piece you started in Lesson 6 until all sides of the hollow box are firmly secured. Pickle or leave your work as is, based on your aesthetic preference, and file it down. Add jump rings and any other details you desire, resulting in a dynamic finished link or pendant!
 
 
7 Lessons
2  hrs 9  mins

Craft dimensional jewelry with a range of accessible methods. Jewelry artist Lisa Colby shows you how to transform sheet metal into dynamic jewelry, starting with a lesson on layering and texturizing a disc-link chain. Find out how to incorporate Lisa’s signature heat rivets to create an articulated design, then delve into dapping to form an eye-catching saucer embellishment. Next, learn how to make undulating, leaf-inspired components with fold-forming techniques, and assemble a striking necklace. Then, explore doming as you craft synclastic crescent earrings, complete with custom posts. And, discover how to solder hollow forms that are perfect for pendants and charms.

Lisa Colby

Lisa Colby has a BFA in metalsmithing from Wayne State University, and currently operates a studio in St. Louis, Missouri. She's been designing and creating metal jewelry for more than 20 years and she teaches metalsmithing techniques around the United States. Lisa's work is exhibited nationally and has also been featured in the books 1,000 Rings and 500 Silver Jewelry Designs.

Lisa Colby

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