Michael Sturlin: Forged Bracelets | October 11-15, 2020

Michael Sturlin: Forged Bracelets | October 11-15, 2020

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Refine your metalsmithing skills and create an expressive series of hand wrought stacking cuffs and dramatic forged bangle bracelets.

Check In: Sunday, October 11th, 2020 | Check Out: Thursday, October 15th, 2020
Tuition + Meals: $1,310 per person
With Shared Lodging Package: $1,810 per person
With Private Lodging Package: $2,230 per person

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Do you have a companion who would like to join you for the Bayfield experience without attending the educational components?. Companion Rates are available for one companion over the age of 18 and one per registered retreat participant. Companion rates entitle the companion to lodging, all retreat package meals, and use of Wild Rice Retreat facilities.

$75 Materials Fee included in tuition.


Explore the malleability and movement of metal using hammers anvils blocks and mandrels. Refine your hammer skills as you forge, bend, shape planish and texture metal, creating a vocabulary of sculptural forms as a visual reference library.

Increase your fluency with tool and material as you articulate the vocabulary with an expressive series of hand wrought stacking cuffs and dramatic forged bangle bracelets.

The practical exercise vocabulary and cuff bracelets are forged with copper. Bangles projects are done first in copper as models followed by two finished bangles forged in silver.


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$75 Materials Fee providing copper and silver is included in Retreat Tuition

  • writing materials, sketch book, notebook, black and red fine point permanent markers

  • mm ruler

  • dividers

  • scribe

  • bench pin

  • saw frame, saw blades 1/0, 3/0, candle wax

  • pliers: chain, round, flat, half round/flat, parallel jaw, side snips

  • #2hand files: barrette, half round, equaling

  • #2needle files

  • goldsmith hammer

  • chasing hammer

  • planishing hammer

  • dead blow mallet

  • ring mandrel

  • sandpaper 400, 600, 800

  • magnification

  • round steel bracelet mandrel, if students have their own and possible to bring it to the workshop, that will be advantageous

  • closed toe shoes, apron, bench rag


Michael David Sturlin's career spans four decades as a professional studio jewelry artist, educator, writer, industry consultant and award winning goldsmith with recognition from the World Gold Council, the American Jewelry Design Council, and Jewelers of America New Designers Gallery.

A popular visiting guest artist and workshop and conference presenter, Michael shares his expertise and insight internationally with students at every level from beginner to accomplished professional. A faculty member of the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts 2005-2017, faculty Bead & Button Show 2007-2016, adjunct faculty Mesa Arts Center 2008-2011, adjunct faculty Metalwerx 2005-2007.

His jewelry has been exhibited in premier galleries across North America, included in more than a dozen national and international jewelry magazines, and featured in the books Masters Gold, Crochet Wire Jewelry, Profiting by Design, Jewelers Bench Book, Metal Artist’s Workbench, and Secret Shop Weapons.

Michael authored the Metalsmithing 101 column in Art Jewelry magazine 2009-2016,

Studio Insights column in MCAM 2010-2015, and has published numerous feature articles for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, MJSA Journal, Metal Arts Guild of Canada, and Art Jewelry magazine.

contact // michaelsturlinstudio@gmail.com
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Lodging and Meal Rates & Info

All lodging costs listed are per person/per night costs. Due to the format of retreats, meal plans are required of all participants to maximize time with other students and instructors, while still providing time to explore Bayfield and the surrounding community. Please reference the cancellation policy as needed.