Patterning and colouring aluminium to make a bangle

On this one day course students will learn patterning, texturing and colouring techniques for aluminium using permanent marker pens, stamps resist printing and cold submersion dyes. You can then make a textured bangle from your coloured samples using with hammers and the rolling mill.
This course is suitable for beginners or intermediate jewellery students wanting to learn new skills in colouring aluminium to make a bangle.

Who is this course for

This course is suitable for beginners or intermediate jewellery students wanting to learn new skills in colouring aluminium to make a bangle or pieces of small jewellery.

What does this course cover

Students will learn patterning, texturing and colouring techniques for aluminium using permanent marker pens, stamps resist printing and cold submersion dyes.
You will also learn how to texture aluminium with hammers and the rolling mill.
You will finish by designing and making a bangle from the samples made in the class.

The course will cover making sample strips of aluminium using the following methods:
1. Resist printing with stamps and transfer printing.
2. Patterning with batik and mark making methods.
3. Dying aluminium with cold submersion dyes.
4. Texturing aluminium with hammers and the rolling mill.

You will the take the samples made and choose one to make a bangle using hammering and shaping techniques.

By the end of the course you should be able to:
1. Be familiar with different properties of aluminium compared to other metals.
2. How to colour and print and texture aluminium with a variety of different methods
3. How to do basic metal working techniques including hammering and shaping
4. How to design and make a bangle from the samples made during the day

What will it be like

This is a practical course - Students will actively participate in printing, colouring, and texturing the aluminium. Samples will be used to create a bangle to take away with them.
Students will watch demonstrations of how to colour, print and texture aluminium followed by questions and answers. Books will be provided for inspiration and written and pictorial instructions including photographs on the internet of bangles made from aluminium in addition to samples of aluminium that has been patterned and bangles that have been made using the techniques.
Handouts and group discussion plus individual advice and guidance will be given.
Students will be advised on how to choose the design most suited to the bangle they will make at the end of the day.
Verbal feedback will be given throughout the course and a show and tell of all students work at the end of the day.

What else do you need to buy or do

Students should bring a sketch book and pens/pencils. If they have permanent maker pens in colours they like they should also bring those.
They should also bring any inspiration as we are working with pattern they should bring any patterned artwork that inspires them including books, magazines, stationary or wallpaper or any other pattered visual inspiration.
Any fabric or lace to texture the metal.
An apron and no sandals, open toes/backed shoes or flip flops

What this course could lead to

One year course - 3 terms where students can go onto colour metals including dying and patterning aluminium, colouring titanium and patinating copper and brass.
First term - Dying, printing, patterning and texturing techniques in Aluminium to design and make two pieces of jewellery with the results. Including riveting and making wire findings (earring hooks and catches) to finish off the pieces. Silver can be incorporated with the aluminium if the student has the skills and brings the silver themselves.
Second term - Patination of metals using copper and brass sheet and wire to design and make two pieces of jewellery. Students can solder together the brass or copper before patinating and include silver if they wish to bring it with them to the class.
Third Term - Colouring titanium and incorporating copper with riveting techniques to design and make two pieces of jewellery. Students can incorporate other metals into the jewellery pieces they are making including silver.

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