Saturday, March 11, 2023
10:00 am - 1:00 pm, PST
Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse
Beginning to Intermediate Levels
Zoom link and instructions for joining the call will be emailed 1 day prior to class.
The class supply list is below and contains links to buy the supplies you need.
This class will be recorded, and the recording will be available for students to access through their Little Metal Foxes accounts for a full month after the live class.
The rolling mill, although sometimes intimidating, is a basic piece of equipment that can immediately increase the possibilities and potential of your studio. In this workshop, we will discuss various rolling mill options, operations, maintenance, creating texture, and more. We will demystify the fears about them to make them a great piece of working equipment for you!
Students will become informed about affordable options available to them before making a purchase of equipment, and familiarize those who had made purchases they are intimidated by. They will be able to judge which mill is right for their studio needs, how to maintain it, and how to get the most out of the mill. An economy mill can be purchased for as little as $350! These are great for a small studio just starting up.
Demonstrations will include a variety of ways to use the rolling mill to customize your designs with texture, pattern, and changing the profiles of the metal.
Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals.
Supply List for Students
The links below will take you to RioGrande.com or other suppliers. To see prices for precious metal items, you need a free Rio Grande account. Registered Little Metal Foxes students can access the Rio for Schools program for significant savings (discounts and flat-rate shipping). This site may contain Amazon and other affiliate links. If you purchase something through the link, at no cost to you, we may receive a small commission on qualifying purchases.
- Rolling Mill Resources use discount code LMF15
- Cut paper
- Organic materials like leaves and corn husks
- Copper sheet. 16-20ga are the best way to practice. You can get sheets of copper from most hardware stores. K&S Metal Co. usually has a display with several metal sheets to choose from. Make sure they are annealed or dead soft.
- Sterling sheet. A small piece of silver is nice to practice your techniques. The width and gauge are optional depending on how you want to work and if you plan to use it for a finished piece. I’d recommend annealed or dead-soft metal between 16-20g.
- Silicone polishing set. Pumice wheel set
- Wet/dry sandpaper 400, 600 grit
- Or MegaView Magnifier headset
- Note-taking and drawing tools
- Hot glue, double-sided tape, and/or Jett Set