Robert Lopez: Wild Inception | August 9-13, 2020

Robert Lopez: Wild Inception | August 9-13, 2020

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Painting with fire? Crazy right?! How about growing crystals on metal?  You can now add vibrant and durable colors to your jewelry at an affordable price without anodizing. 

Create a gorgeous titanium cuff with cabochon accents, while you learn the basics of working with this material as an alternative to brass, copper or silver.  Techniques learned will include coloring, texturing and embellishing.

Check In: Sunday, August 9th, 2020 | Check Out: Thursday, August 13th, 2020
Tuition + Meals: $1,025 per person
With Shared Lodging Package: $1,525 per person
With Private Lodging Package: $1,945 per person

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A 5.5% tax on tuition/meals will be added to the retreat rates displayed online. Deposits will not include tax and will be applied to overall retreat registration fees. Guests making a deposit online will receive follow-up written communication showing applicable remaining fees, including taxes.

Full payment of any remaining fees is due 60 days prior to the retreat start date. New registrations made less than 60 days prior to the retreat start date will require full payment of all retreat related registration fees.

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.

$90 supply fee due to instructor upon arrival.


CLASS DESCRIPTION 

Painting with fire? Crazy right?! How about growing crystals on metal?  You can now add vibrant and durable colors to your jewelry at an affordable price without anodizing. 

In this workshop Robert will teach you the basics of working with titanium including coloring, texturing and embellishing. You will also be adding a bottom plate of textured brass and a top plate of Argentium Silver with layers of texture. Some of the components will be fused to the plate while others will be soldered. The three pieces will then be joined together with rivets. 

Robert will also teach you how he makes bezel settings with a heavy gauge bezel. You will be setting two cabochons to the cuff. The techniques that Robert will teach can be the framework for bolder and more elaborate pieces than you’ve ever made before!

 In order to make the most of this retreat, students shouldhave basic metalsmithing knowledge and torch experience.

CLASS COMMENTS BY ROBERT

As the price of gold and silver steadily rose I searched for an alternative, low cost material to making cuffs which traditionally require a fairly large amount of silver. I turned to brass and copper as others did the same; however, I failed to find a suitable means of keeping the finishes from turning. That’s when I discovered titanium! 

Titanium can be colored from gold, magenta, purples, blues and greens- all with heat. Some of titanium’s remarkable qualities are that it is the most hypoallergenic material known to man, it is extremely light weight and strong. The colors can be vibrant or muted and best of all they are very durable in comparison to a patina color added to silver for example. Its durability is in its structure. The color is made from light being refracted through a crystalline structure that is formed on the surface. When controlled properly, you can add a multitude colors and patterns to the metal with depth and varying textures.


SUPPLY LIST 

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Kit Fee of $90 is payable to instructor at the time of the retreat.  Kit fee includes:

-  Titanium Sheet 22-gauge (qty. 3)

-  Argentium silver sheet 22, 24 gauge

-  Brass Sheet 24 gauge

-  Argentium silver round wire 18, 16 gauge

-  Argentium silver bezel wire 24 gauge

-  Cabochon 2

-  Fuel

-  Silver solder

 

Instructor will have the following for use in class:

-  Torches

-  Hand tools

-  Texturing hammers

-  Soldering supplies and stations

-  Patina

-  Polishing supplies

 

The items below are all optional for you to bring if you have your own preferred tools. Instructor will have all tools listed to be shared if needed. 

- Safety glasses

- Files

- rawhide hammer

- bench pin

- basic jewelry making tools

- flush cutters

- round nose pliers

- flat nose pliers

- bezel pusher

- Optivisor

- ear plugs


SCHEDULE

Please note that this schedule is subject to change and will be finalized in the weeks leading up to the retreat.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 23, 2020

4:00 - 6:00 pm            Arrival and Check-in at Wild Rice Retreat

6:00 - 7:30 pm            Welcome Dinner at Wild Rice Retreat

8:00 - 9:00 pm            Instructor’s Meet & Greet with Students (optional/up to instructor’s discretion)

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 24, 2020

8:00 am - 8:45 am       Breakfast buffet at Wild Rice Retreat 

9:00 am – 11:45 am     Class Time

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm     Lunch Buffet at Wild Rice Retreat

1:00 pm - 4:00pm        Class Time (a snack will be set out mid-afternoon, coffee/water/tea available all day)

5:00 pm- 7:30 pm        Dinner on your own in Bayfield or area (a list of restaurants will be provided at check-in)

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm       Optional fire outside at Wild Rice Retreat, weather permitting 

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2020

8:00 am - 8:45 am       Breakfast buffet at Wild Rice Retreat 

9:00 am – 11:45 am     Class Time

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm   Lunch Buffet at Wild Rice Retreat

1:00 pm - 4:00pm        Class Time (a snack will be set out mid-afternoon, coffee/water/tea available all day)

4:30 pm                      Free time and dinner on your own in Bayfield, optional Music in the Park 

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2020

8:00 am - 8:45 am       Breakfast buffet at Wild Rice Retreat 

9:00 am – 11:45 am     Class Time

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm   Lunch Buffet at Wild Rice Retreat

1:00 pm - 4:00pm        Class Time (a snack will be set out mid-afternoon, coffee/water/tea available all day)

6:00 - 7:30 pm             Dinner at Wild Rice Retreat 

7:30 - 9:00 pm             Free Evening / Optional Fire at Wild Rice Retreat, weather permitting

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 2020

Check out of lodging (luggage may be stored at Wild Rice Retreat)   

8:00 am - 8:45 am      Breakfast buffet at Wild Rice Retreat

9:00 am – 11:45 am    Class Time

12:00 pm                   Lunch buffet at Wild Rice Retreat

1:00 – 2:00 pm            Clean-up and Departure


BIOGRAPHY

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.

contact // RML313@aol.com
web // https://www.robertlopezdesigns.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.