Classes & Events

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Metal Etching class at Graceful Customs Studio on Sat., Feb.18, 2017


Metal Etching Class

Taught by Carmen M. Almlie-Martinez

1 Day        -     $ 150.00



Metal etching has been around for hundreds of years and is one of the most amazing and magical techniques you can have in your artistic arsenal.   The process is exciting which can be used to transfer images to metal.   While some believe, etching can be intimidating, the truth of the matter is that when it is executed in the correct manner, it is a safe and efficient process.

For the etching process, we will need an etchant which removes metal particles from any areas not protected by some sort of resist (or mask).  The most common form of etchant used for base metals (copper, brass, nickel silver, and pewter) is ferric chloride.  There are several resists that can be used.  The one we will use for this class is a blue acetate film called Press-n-Peel(PnP) paper.  We will also cover and talk about some of the other resist that can be used – Rubber Stamps and Ink, Letraset Lettering, Permanent Ink Markers, Asphaltum, and Nail Polish.

We will also talk about other etching processes - Edinburgh Process, Electrical Process, and Galvanic Process.  We will also go over what etchants are needed if one wishes to etch Sterling Silver or Gold.
e-mail Grace@Gracefulcustoms.com to register.

Lapidary Class every 2nd Sat. of the month

The Lapidary group meets every 2nd Saturday of each month, with occasional changes in schedule. Beginning and intermediate class to learn how to shape and polish to a shiny finish natural stones, using our lapidary equipment. Jim & Jennifer Ziegler are here once a month, to show you how to turn a natural unfinished stone into finished cabachon pendant to wire-wrap or make mount onto a metal bezel! All materials included, no experience needed, $85.00 Bring your lunch. e-mail Grace@Gracefulcustoms.com for more details and directions.

Creepy Crawly Critters with Wes Fleming Class

Wes Fleming, soft glass sculptor, will once again return to Graceful Customs Studio on Sat and Sun, Sept 23 & 24, 2017.  More details to follow!