Micromosaic items, including jewelry, have a long and illustrious history! Learn how to create micromosaics in this two day class using a combination of modern and traditional techniques. The workshop will begin with a short lecture on the history of micromosaics, and continue on to discuss bases, adhesives, and filati, the Italian hand pulled glass threads made from smalti. Designing techniques for micromosaic will be introduced and thoroughly explained. The cutting of filati will be demonstrated and practiced. There will be no instruction on the pulling of filati.
Students will work on a micromosaic pendant in brass or silver plate on the first day, and a slightly larger decorative micromosaic the second day. Students can either work with a design of their own, or with one chosen from a selection of templates. Class participants will receive lots of individual instruction as they create their works, and lots of tips will be shared with the group as work progresses. A course outline will be provided, and participants should expect to depart with the knowledge and skills to create micromosaics on their own. If you are wanting to learn a fascinating historical art form, want to add mosaic jewelry to your repertoire, or have interest in learning to work in micromosaic, this workshop is perfect for you!
Students in this class will be provided with all materials and tools to create their micromosaic items. However, if desired, feel free to bring any magnifying eyewear or specific tools you particularly like.