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WKS1235: Powder Coated Jewelry

Make a unique necklace, bracelet or earrings for yourself or a gift! In this workshop, you'll form a jewelry item and then finish it with colorful powder coating. Powder coating is more durable than paint, and uses a simple application process that is then baked to a hard finish. You’ll also be able to explore the sandblaster which cleans metal, wood, glass, plastics (almost any material that is rigid). Students who take this class will walk away with a finished piece of jewelry that is sure to turn heads.

Because of possible shock (high voltage, low amperage) with a powder coating gun, students with a pacemaker, or any voltage-sensitive medical equipment are not permitted to take this workshop or use the equipment.

Once you have taken and successfully passed this class, you will be cleared to use the sandblasting cabinet, powder coating gun, powder spray booth, and powder coating oven,

Workshop duration: 2.5 hours

Prerequisite: None

Basic materials will be provided. If you desire additional materials, they should be purchased prior to class.

Minimum age: 12

Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class. When using these tools outside of class time, 12- to 15-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Powder Coated Jewelry Saturday, 5/14/16 1:00 PM 2.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
CLASS FULL
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS1240: Make Custom Hammered & Enameled Copper Bowl

We're excited to bring you one of TechShop DC-Arlington's first team-taught classes! Join instructors Tony Ritchie and Kat Jamieson as they teach you to shape a sheet of copper into a bowl and then enamel your creation.

Make a colorful, eye-catching piece by forming and enameling your own hammered copper bowl. You’ll make your bowl using sheet metal shaping tools such as planishing hammers and shot bags. NOTE: All TechShop sheet metal shaping tools are not to be used to work with metal thicker than 16 gauge. Then, you will create a colorful finish for your new bowl with a variety of enameling techniques. Using colorful ground-glass powders applied to the metal and then firing in a high temperature kiln will allow you to give your bowl a one-of-a-kind look; layers of color can be built up using multiple quick firings. Whether you're giving it as a gift or keeping it for your own use, this bowl will be an attention-getter.

Once you have taken and successfully passed this class, you will be cleared to use the planishing hammer, metal shrinker and stretcher, Beverly shear, shot bags, and hammers. You will also be cleared to use the kiln.

Class Prerequisite: None

Basic materials will be provided.

Minimum age: 12

Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

When using these tools outside of class time, 12- to 15-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

Safety

  • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes, eye protection

  • Advisable: Hearing protection

  • 1 session currently scheduled:
        Make Custom Hammered & Enameled Copper Bowl Thursday, 5/19/16 5:30 PM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    CLASS FULL
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WKS134: Electroplating Basics

    In this course, you will learn the basics of electroplating metal using nickel as a plating material. Electroplating is a process that uses reverse galvanic action to dissolve and then deposit one metal onto the surface of another metal. This metal coating might be applied to provide corrosion or wear resistance, as a base for further plating, or for purely aesthetic reasons. Many metals can be used for plating, such as copper, nickel, chromium, cadmium, or zinc- in this workshop, we will be nickel plating a piece of copper. You will learn how to prepare a nickel acetate solution, clean and prepare a piece of copper, and electroplate the copper. You will also learn basic metal texturing techniques with various organic metal shaping tools.

    Note: This class does NOT grant students access to TechShop's metal shaping tools outside of class. To access these tools, MTL201: Sheet Metal- Organic Shapes SBU is required. If you haven't taken this class, sign up for the next available session here.

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Electroplating Basics Saturday, 5/21/16 11:00 AM 2.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        Member and non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
       
    WKS203: Make a Plasma Cut Flower

    Want to impress your loved one with a handmade gift this season? Need a "Get out of Jail Free" card? Come to TechShop and make a one-of-a-kind decorative flower out of steel using a plasma cutter and spot welder! In this workshop, each student will design a flower on sheet steel and use the plasma cutter to cut the design straight out of the metal. You,ll then learn to work with the metal to create curves in your petals and leaves. Once the "petals" are ready, you'll attach them to a metal "stem" and spot weld them together. This is a flower that will never, ever wilt! You will walk away from this workshop with an impressive handmade metal flower that is sure to please even the hardest to impress on your holiday gift list.

    2 sessions currently scheduled:
        Make a Plasma Cut Flower Monday, 5/16/16 6:30 PM 2.5 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    3 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $60.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Make a Plasma Cut Flower Saturday, 5/28/16 11:00 AM 2.5 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $60.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WKS204: Laser Cut & Etched Leather Wallet

    Let's face it: so many wallets out there are pretty boring. Since you take it with you everywhere, don't you want something more interesting? Here's your chance to make a custom leather wallet using a laser cutter! When someone admires your cool new billfold, you'll be able to say, "Oh this? I made it with a laser!"

    In this workshop, you'll cut out a wallet design using the laser cutter. Then, you can etch into the surface of the leather to customize it to your heart's content! Finally, you'll hand-stitch your creation together into its fetching, functional final form. Your instructor will also provide valuable guidance on working with leather in the laser. You'll walk away with plenty of tips and tricks to help you continue working on laser projects that incorporate leather. Every student will leave this workshop with a personalized wallet that would make a perfect gift- or treat yourself and keep it for your own use!

    Note: This is not a Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class. To learn more about laser cutting and etching, check out our Laser Cutting SBU - ULS, offered regularly.

    Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of the Laser Cutting and Etching SBU - ULS prior to taking this class is recommended. Familiarity with Adobe Illustrator is also helpful.

    Minimum age: 12

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    2 sessions currently scheduled:
        Laser Cut & Etched Leather Wallet Friday, 5/13/16 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    1 SEAT LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $50.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $60.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        Laser Cut & Etched Leather Wallet Saturday, 5/28/16 10:30 AM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $50.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $60.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WKS131: Screen Printing + Vinyl Cutter SBUs

    Vinyl cutting and screen printing go hand-in-hand, and this fun, holiday-themed workshop will show you how! First, you'll learn how to safely operate the vinyl cutter and use it to make custom stencils to suit all your screen printing needs. The final product of this class will be an Ugly "Sweater", so you'll choose from a bunch of seasonally-themed designs to cut on the machine. You'll also learn how to import your own vector designs from graphics programs in order to create cool stickers, custom signage, and more!

    Next, it's on to the screen printing station. You'll learn how to prep your stencil, transfer it to a screen, mask the screen, then apply ink through the stencil and screen onto your shirt! It's a much quicker, easier process than photo emulsion, and it cures quickly, too. You'll spend the last few minutes of class heat-setting your shirt and, voila! You'll be the proud owner of your very own, handmade ugly "sweater" (aka sweatshirt) that is sure to be a year-round eye catcher.

    Once you have taken and successfully passed this class, you will be cleared to use the screen printing station AND vinyl cutter!

    Project: Custom ugly sweater long-sleeve shirt

    Prerequisites: None!

    Equipment access: Silkscreen station and vinyl cutter

    Safety: Closed-toed shoes are required.

    Minimum age: 12

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    When using the screen printing station and/or vinyl cutter outside of class time, 12- to 15-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    2 sessions currently scheduled:
        Screen Printing + Vinyl Cutter SBUs Thursday, 5/19/16 5:30 PM 4.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $100.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $125.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
        Screen Printing + Vinyl Cutter SBUs Tuesday, 5/31/16 5:30 PM 4.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $100.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $125.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.