Let It Flourish Pendant
with Robert Lopez
Immerse yourself in this opportunity to experience a three-day jewelry-making retreat and study under Robert Lopez in the beautiful mountain town of Tahoe City, California. Prepare to refresh your creative spirit.
You will spend quality time in a comfortable studio classroom focused on learning the benefits of working with Argentium sterling silver. You’ll savor delicious meals with Robert and fellow classmates, then relax and unwind at the Welcome Social and Instructor Showcase. The retreat will wrap up with a Group Photo Session after class to celebrate your accomplishment and provide lasting memories of our time together in Tahoe City.
You will learn the benefits of working with tarnish-resistant Argentium Sterling Silver. Argentium is a silver alloy that is whiter and brighter than traditional sterling and can be annealed softer and hardened beyond traditional sterling. You will fuse Argentium silver granules and wire enabling you to cut back on solder joints.
Techniques & Skills
You will learn and practice the following techniques and skills from Robert in this three-day class:
- Water casting demonstration
- Bezel setting
- Roller printing a pattern on the silver
- Texturing, soldering, patina, forming, bail making, and finishing
Did you know?
Robert’s journey to jewelry making began with collecting minerals with his sons when they were small.
Robert describes the piece of jewelry he will be teaching at Creative Connections 2019.
Robert is a self-taught metalsmith. He tries to design his pieces to stand out from everything else out there. He feels he was drawn to fabricating jewelry due to its difficult and physical nature, forcing the metals and stones to transform into what he envisions them to become. He began slowly teaching himself to smith, accumulating his collection of tools and knowledge of the art anywhere he could, but feels the greatest aspect of his learning came from himself, as he endlessly experimented with the materials at hand. His raw and organic designs are fabricated with skill yet are free to grow without constraints or preconceived notions. His pieces are completely one-of-a-kind and made with his own hands, from sometimes rolling his own sheet silver from ingots he pours himself to grinding and polishing all of his own stones. Most of his pieces are designed with lots of texture and layering, giving his pieces a very distinctive and distressed look.