The Nauset metals program put together another amazing showing in this years Fine and Applied Arts Night. Work from all metals and jewelry classes filled four display cases. Below are some examples of the work that was displayed.
Congratulations to all the artists and art teachers on a successful show!
The first step to making earrings with bezel set stones is to find how much material you need for your bezel and then determine how high you need the bezel to be. To find how much metal you need for the bezel you need to find the height and circumference of the stone. My stone’s height was 4.5mm and the circumference was 37.68mm, so I needed to cut a strip of metal for the bezel a little bit bigger so after it is filed the size will be right. Once you have the amount of metal you need, you form the bezel using a bezel mandrel to get it to the shape you need. After it is formed you solder it together just like you would solder a ring.
Once the bezel has been formed and soldered together you need to sand it down so it fits the stones height perfectly. Making sure it is high enough to hold to stone but low enough so you can see a majority of it. Next you drop the stone in from the top of the bezel to make sure it fits.
After the bezel is finished it is time to make the backing piece to the size and shape that you would like. The bezel will then be soldered on to the backing piece to hold the stone in place. You will want to leave enough room on the outside of the bezel for texturing.
When you solder these two pieces together you must be sure that both sides are clean to be sure that the solder is going to flow all the way around the piece. Then you will want to flux the side of the backing piece that you want the bezel to be attached to, the bezel itself and the solder. For this part of the earring you will want to use medium solder so you are sure not to open up the solder seam that is on the bezel itself or melt any of the silver.
The next step is to make and attach the tube set stone. To set the stone in the tubing you first need to find which tubing the stone is the closest to fitting into, then you drill out a shelf in the tubing with the flex shaft for the stone to sit on. The stone must sit low enough so it doesn’t fall out and high enough so you are able to see most of it. Then you set the stone in the tubing using a burnisher and holding the stone in the flex shaft. Once the stone is in place and sanded down to fit on the side of the piece, you attach the tubing to the side of the earrings. To do this you need to use easy solder and heat from the back of the earring to not melt the bezel on the front.
After the stone is attached on the side and the earring has the finish you want, you set the bigger stone in the center. This stone is set using a bezel pusher and a burnisher. Once this stone is set it is time to make ear wires. The ear wires are made by balling the end of the wire then bending them with pliers so the earring doesn’t fall off and doesn’t hang too low.
The final step is to put the ear wires through the earrings, then they are complete!
For the month of April the students of the Arts Department at Nauset Regional High School are able to showcase their pieces at Snow Library in Orleans. Many of the pieces shown at the Snow Library are from the metals and jewelry program and some have even recently won awards in the Scholastic Art & Writing awards. Below is a locket made by Ben Pickard, a junior at Nauset, that is being displayed in the exhibit.
This week Mackenzie Doubis, an independent metals student, was notified that her sculpture was recognized for a Silver Metal in the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.(pictured above) Receiving this award places Mackenzie within the top 1% of all submissions. Mackenzie’s Sand dollar Salt Cellar and spoon was first recognized back in January with a Massachusetts Gold Key. Her other sculpture, Under the Sea dish, was also recognized for a Massachusetts Silver Key in January. (pictured below)
First you must pick what size you need in order to know how much metal to use for the band. For my ring I needed a size 5 so that is 16.10 mm of metal.Then you need to form the band around a ring mandrel and solder the ring together once you know the size is right. After the band is made that is when you finish forming it with a hammer on a mandrel, you can also add a texture using either a hammer or stamping tools.
Next is the bezel for the stone. To find how much metal you need for the bezel you need to find the height and circumference of the stone. My stone’s height was 4.5mm and the circumference was 37.68mm, so I needed to cut a strip of metal for the bezel an amount larger so after it is filed the size will be right. Once you have the amount of metal you need, you form the bezel using a bezel mandrel to get it to the shape you need. After it is formed you solder it together just like the ring.
Once you are certain that the bezel fits your stone’s shape you now pick a backing piece for the bezel, that will also be soldered together. After it is attached to your bezel you will want to decide what shape to leave around the bezel for a shadow line then cut it with a jewelers saw.
After the bezel is made and is filed or textured it is ready to be soldered on to the ring. Before you attach the two pieces the ring must be filed down flatter in the spot where you would like the bezel to sit. When soldering the bezel to the ring you must place solder on either sides of the band and heat from the top.
Once the bezel and the band are attached it is time to set the stone. When setting the stone you need to use the grs to hold the ring, to allow the ring to move in the direction you want. A series of tools is needed to set the stone, first a bezel pusher, then a burnisher to add a finish to the bezel.
Then when the stone is set you will want to add a final finish to the ring with the buffing wheel. After this step you will have a finished ring!
During the month of October the Jewelry and Metals program is holding an art exhibit at the Wellfleet Public Library. A variety of different projects are being displayed in the Library’s display case. The students projects show the advanced metal program Nauset has to offer and the many techniques they have learned and put to use, to create impressive advanced work. The show is a great opportunity for the student to share with their work with the community.
The jewelry one class is starting their first major project, earrings!
They will be given two pieces of 25mm by 11mm silver plated bronze, to create their earrings. For this project the major tool being used is the jeweler’s saw. A few more advanced students are planning on incorporating simple textures onto their earrings.
The students will be moving their designs to metal very soon!
Lane is a junior independent study in the metals program. He recently shared the plan for his latest project.
Lane is in the process of finishing a money clip, and is working on creating matching cuff links. He is using brass and dying it with a black patina. Both pieces will include the same image of an eagle.
This jewelry one class is a combination of new students and more experienced students who have taken art metal one the previous year. Due to the varied experience levels the students are working on either learning how to use the jewelers saw, or using skills they already have to complete a piece.
The qualifications for the piece were that it needed to be made out of a 2inch by 2inch piece of brass, it needed to incorporate negative space, a bail for it to hang from, and it must be wearable. It also needed to include a stamped texture. Before they started cutting their designs needed to be approved by Mr. Craven.
Below are pictures of a variety of the students designs. Stay tuned for their finished products!
The Nauset Metals and Jewelery Department is off to a great start to the 2015-2016 school year. Very exciting new projects and designs are on their way to be shared with you. Many students are looking forward to their success in the department this year, from new students in the art metal one class, to returning students who have decided to take an independent study.
Be sure to check in through out the year to see many creations from our Nauset students.
The class of Jewelry 2 recently completed the casting of their wax rings. Their wax-molded rings were attached to a sprue. Students then painted ‘Wax Clean’ to get the air bubbles off of the model. They then attached it to the button, and then attached it to the flask and then took investment and added water. Then students to put it on the vacuum to get the air out. The investment was then dumped into the flask, put back in the vacuum, taken out, and let sit for 24 hours. Students then put their rings in the kilm, face-down so that all the wax melted out. Silver is melted in the crucible, dumped into the cast and put on the vacuum, then quenched till the investment falls off. Students then pickled their rings, cut off all the sprues and are currently finishing their rings.
Above are pictures from the entire process, be on the lookout for the final product from Jewelry 2 Students!
The Nauset Metals class wrapped up another Fine and Applied Arts Night, with an amazing showcase that demonstrated the talents of the students of the various classes. Below are some of the works displayed in the showcase.
Students of the Jewelry class recently finished their latest project, Medals of Honor, in which they incorporate different symbolic images into their design to make it more meaningful. Below are some of the different creations from the students.
In the second semester of her junior year, Jetta Cook, along with another junior Silas Watkins, set out to do the impossible: set up the 3D printer that no one else really wanted to touch. Fast forward a year later, and Jetta’s excited about the possibilities now that she’s mastered the 3D printer.
Jetta is currently working on a 3-D printed locket, just one of the many projects she has created this year. Check in to see more of the stuff that Jetta is working on!
In a previous blog post, Shay Rego, a junior in the Metals Department, showed us her unfinished pendant that she was working on for her mom, shown in the picture below. Her finished product is the picture on the right, with a nicer shine and the beautiful jewels she set. She added the bail as her final addition.
We’ll keep you updated on other independent study projects as we approach the end of the first term!
The 3D printer was put into action through the creation of this small chess piece, pictured below, for junior Soleil Cole-Olson, in the creation of her Medal of Honor for Miles Tibbets, a student who passed away in August of 2013. A chess club was created in his honor and the piece was created and made through the 3D printer.
Keep checking up on the blog to see new creations from the 3D printer!
Mackenzie Dubois, a junior independent study in the Metals Department recently gave Craven the best Christmas gift ever; his very own novel! Mackenzie transformed the classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, to a more modern version.
Jetta Cook, one of the coolest and most talented people in the department, recently embarked on a journey all her own; handling the 3D printer. Titled “Khan”, (a Star Trek reference, Jetta explains,) wasn’t exactly the easiest thing to handle. She has given the printer a life of its own and has recently created a locket, pictured below.
Jetta is eager to see what else she can create throughout the year before she graduates.
With first term ending, we begin second term with some new earrings courtesy of the Art Metal classes. Below are a sample of the creations from students of the various questions. Check back in to see their next project, Medals of Honor.
The author of this beautiful blog, was given the challenge of stepping beyond the comforts of the computer to test herself with some actual metal work. Not one to shy away from a challenge, I warily accepted with the poor assumption that I’d be able to get the hang of it. I was quite mistaken, as on the first day, even with the aide of a fellow student, I couldn’t seem get the saw blade into the saw frame, a simple procedure many other students seemed to consider a formality in the learning process. Morale was low and it looked bleak but through some encouragement and finally getting the saw blade in place, I began cutting. Craven took some pictures, shown below, to document this moment.
It made me realized that the talent and ability of these students is not something to be taken lightly. Their skill and creativity displayed is unmatched to any other department. The opportunity to be able to join these students in this process is truly a great opportunity and I’m excited to see what happens. Will this blogger actually be able to stick with it or will she hang up her saw blade forever? Check back for updates on her journey and Craven’s sanity!
That’s right folks, we’re thinking of bringing back the wonderfully designed Nauset Metals T-shirts that were for sale during Fine & Applied Arts Week of the 2013-14 school year. Since we don’t want to make the shirts without the demand for them, we’ve attached a poll for the viewers to vote on what they would like. Please take a chance to look at our design below as well as previous posts about the shirt then vote. A follow-up post will be featured in the upcoming weeks based on the results. Thanks for your ongoing support for the Nauset Metals Department!
The Nauset Metals Department is back and better than ever! We’re excited for all of the projects and designs that’ll be created in the 2014-2015 school year. We’ve got new and exciting materials to try out, including the 3D printer, which is sure to present some interesting creations. We asked some of our students, what are you looking forward to this year in the Metals Department?
Jetta Cook, senior said: Exploring the different possibilities that come with 3D printing and the application they have to metalwork.
Sonya Bergquist, freshman said: Being able to wear the things that I make.
Rachel Mulcahy, sophomore said: Improving my skills with metal.
Shay Rego, junior said: Advancing my techniques as an independent study.
Be sure to check in on the exciting projects that we’ll be starting in the upcoming weeks in the Metals Department!
We’ve had a great year in the Nauset Metals Department. The 2013-2014 year brought new projects and pieces that showcased the talents of many students, some of which are shown below. We’ll return in the fall to update you on all the exciting things happening during the 2014-2015 school year. Have a great summer!
This year the Metals Department was fortunate enough to get a 3D printer this year. Jetta Cook and Silas Watkins, both juniors, built the printer which allowed us to save money on the price. After completion, it is now up and running, and printing various pieces and objects in the studio. The printer and some examples are shown below:
The Nauset Metals Department was recently featured in the Cape Cod Times for their talent in metal work. The link to the article is below
Caitlin Brown, 16, of Orleans, at right, shows a locket that she is in the process of making from copper, bronze and brass in Jody Cravens metalwork and jewelry class at Nauset Regional High School. The results from Cravens class are professional-looking pieces of jewelry that are often displayed around Cape Cod.
Katie Hannon, a sophomore in the Metals Department, gave insight into her latest project, a beautiful turtle necklace and bracelet (pictured below), which she gave to her sister, Kallie Hannon, a senior at Nauset.
Katie Hannon’s bracelet/necklace set
Q: Why did you choose turtles as your inspiration for the bracelet and necklace?
Katie: Kallie really likes turtles, so I wanted to make her something she would appreciate. I wanted to make something different for her, so I challenged myself to make a bracelet and I’m really happy with the way it turned out.’
Q: Why did you choose to make a set of both bracelet and necklace?
Katie: I wanted it to be more personal for Kallie, and also surprise her. Now that’s she’s going off to college it’s like she’ll always have a piece of me with her, which sounds kinda corny but it’s true!
Be on the lookout for more pieces from Katie as she continues her time in the Metals Department!
Haley Benz, Art Metal 2 student, designed the 2014 Nauset Metals T-shirt. They were hand-screened in the Printmaking department. We’re quite pleased with the design this year! Art Metal 2 student Jake Labranche models the design below:
The students of the Metals Department displayed a wonderful selection of different pieces, along with a interesting look at the new 3D printer at Fine and Applied Arts Night. It was a great chance for the community to see the talent in the Metals Department. Below are some highlights from the showcases:
Mr. Craven & the Jewelry II students have been carving wax rings for lost wax casting and came in on Saturday, April 12th to actually cast the rings in sterling silver. Lost wax casting is a technique in which the students first carve a ring out of wax. They then carve into the ring with different tools, such as dental tools. The rings are then attached to a sprue and a button and filled around the investment, the same idea of pouring cement. The entire thing is then put into a kiln where the wax burns off, leaving negative space where the ring is. Molten silver is then poured in or sucked in with a vacuum.
The wax rings the students first carve
Craven demonstrates lost wax casting
Below are some highlights of this project. We’ll keep you updated on the status of what the students have created using lost wax casting…
The students of the Arts Department at Nauset Regional High School recently got to showcase their pieces at Snow Library in Orleans. Below are some of the highlights from several students of the Metals Department located in the front showcase of the gallery…
Hannah Pells, senior in the Metals Department, gives us insight into her new project, earrings she created while continuing to work on the previous earrings shown in our previous post about her independent study.
Hannah: While waiting for the stones for my other earrings to arrive, I decided to make these earrings. I think they’re really cool and unique and the design definitely plays into the theme I’ve been going for, which is kind of a nautical feel but with personal touches.
-It seems like you enjoy designing and making earrings, why do you think that is?
Hannah: I think they’re just fun to make. There’s definitely some talent and technique involved in making two of the same thing rather than one in say, a bracelet.
We’ll keep you updated on Hannah’s progress of her previous work & can’t wait to see what else she makes as she heads toward her final days in Metals Department!
Lizzie Douglass, a junior at Nauset, shows us her latest project as part of her independent study with the Metals Department…
-What inspired you to make this bracelet?
Lizzie: I was looking through a book of different techniques for bracelet and jewelry design when I got inspired to make this bracelet. I really like the turquoise color of the stone, it adds just the right touch of color to make the bracelet pop.
-Would you say this bracelet is a good representation of you in the Metals Department?
Lizzie: I think so. It’s a very simple but elegant bracelet and it definitely shows how I can create a really interesting piece of jewelry from a single stone.
Be on the lookout for other pieces Lizzie designs as she continues her independent study in the Metals Department!
Hannah Pells, a senior at Nauset, gives us insight into her latest project as a part of her independent study in the Metals Department…
Hannah: I was looking through a book of various designs from Ross Coppelman, a well-known artist from the Cape when I got inspired to make these earrings. I’m adding stones so they really pack a punch.
-Any new techniques?
Hannah: I melted scrap silver and used the end of a dap to squish the silver while it was still warm. Craven called it ‘melting and squishing’, so I guess that’s a new technique? I then oxidized and darkened the earrings, polishing the rest of it to leave one part shiny, so they really stood out.
Hannah will be ordering new stones and finishing her earrings in the upcoming weeks. We’ll keep you updated on her progress, we can’t wait to see the finished product!
As the Nauset Metals Department enters the new semester, many new students and independent studies are joining the program or continuing their work from the first semester. These new students are broadening their knowledge of the Metals Department by starting projects that showcase techniques that they’ve been learning, resulting in beautiful and interesting pieces of all different shapes and sizes. Be on the lookout for new pieces that show the creative ability of the student of the Nauset Metals Department!
Things are certainly heating up in the Metals Department!
Sophomore, Andrew Battles, created this functioning hammer that can be used inside the metals studio, or just a nice display of his talents. He just began as an independent study and is just beginning his work in the metals department. Below are pictures from different angles of this polished hammer. In the Student Work, Andrew’s hammer is shown in greater depth.
In Mr. Craven’s Art Metal I class, he assigned the task of creating a stamp to be used as a tool to add design to metal. Students were very creative creating images, such as snow flakes, fish, cats, and all abstract shapes.
We’ve had a great year in the Nauset Metals Department. There have been many amazing projects made by the jewelry and art metal students as well as the independent study students. The many new projects and pieces that were created in the 2015-2016 school year have showcased the talents of many students, some of which are shown below. We’ll return in the fall to update you on all the exciting things happening during the upcoming school year. Have a great summer!