The LEVEL II intermediate session is primarily focused on the further development of each student’s fabrication and soldering ability. This involves manipulating larger areas of metal, managing longer solder seams, and a multi-tiered “order of operations” approach that the more complex intermediate level projects entail.
The technical content at this level of instruction comes through creating containers, boxes, small vessels, and finally locket forms, including the creation of hinges and clasps.
As with the LEVEL I curriculum, LEVEL II Demonstrations are provided through conventionally formatted exercises, which each student then practices. Once the technical objective of the exercise has been accomplished, students are strongly encouraged to apply their newly earned skills to SELF-ORIGINATED DESIGN CONCEPTS. This is when things begin to get really interesting, with each student exploring the creative problem solving that novel forms necessitate. In this way, each students benefits not only their own creative explorations, but those of their fellow students as well.
LEVEL II . INTERMEDIATE . COURSE OUTLINE
11 WEEK SESSION . One 4-HOUR CLASS EACH WEEK .
WEEK 1: CYLINDER/BOX
Cylinder: Cut . Roll . Bind . Solder
Box: Cut . Score . File
WEEK 2: LEVEL . Top . Bottom
CYLINDER . Solder Disc Base . Score Cylinder Parting Line
BOX . Parting Disc . Bend . Solder “L” Box Sides .
*Rolling Mill Review *Sweat Solder Review . Marriage of Metals (MOM)
HW: Cut “L’s” Apart . Cut Vent in CYLINDER and BOX bottom and top plates.
WEEK 3: SOLDER I *3 stations
CYLINDER . Solder Top . Part Lid
BOX . Solder Bottom and Top Plates
Wire . tubing . Drawplate . Rivet Review
HW: Finalize and Fabricate Cylinder Lid Design Element
WEEK 4: SOLDER II *3 stations
CYLINDER . “Bezel” Lip Ring . Cut Fit . Solder
BOX . Finish Soldering
WEEK 5: SOLDER III *3 stations
CYLINDER . Solder “Bezel” Lip Ring
BOX . Finish Form . File . Sand
WEEK 6: FORGED LINE .
WIRE . Form and Contour . Hammer and File
Chains . Clasps . Buckles .
Prong Settings . Pedestal Prongs .
WEEK 7: PIVOTS . HINGES
Hinge Sample . DESIGN PROPOSAL . SILVER ORDER
WEEK 8: SOLDER HINGES
Hydraulic Press Intro . Die Forming
Linked Systems . Jump Rings Review . Closures . Clasps
WEEK 9: FORGED SHEET
Sinking . Forming . Raising . Contours . Edges
DESIGN PROPOSAL UPDATE
WEEK 10: FINISH CLOSURES
CYLINDER & BOX . Finish .
DEMO . Hammer Draw . Roll Heavy Taper
WEEK 11: FINISHING
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