Brooch and Earrings by Vince Hawley
Traforo Piercing for Florentine Engraving


Mr. Vincent Hawley

Level: All Skill Levels
Requirements: Basic Metalsmithing Skills
Program: Winter
Status: Closed
Tuition: $ 375
Materials: $ 50
Date: January 25, 2010 - March 22, 2010
Time: Every Monday at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Metalwerx

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Traforo or the art of "open-work" design is the first step of many in creating a classical "Florentine" piece of jewelry.

Traforo was originally developed by woodworkers in northern Italy to create elaborate, almost stain-glass like pieces. This idea of creating a piece by cutting away that which is there to create an image, was quickly adapted by many Ironworkers and Metalsmiths throughout Italy. Specifically in Florence, during the Renaissance, many great goldsmiths sought to incorporate this skill into their work. The result was a new age of objets de metal

In this class, we will explore this idea of creating that which is there with what is not there....cutting away to create a pattern. Students will delve into the world of micro-piercing and sawing to create their own pieces as well as creating traditional designs used by Florentine Engravers. Once pierced, Florentine Engravers would go on to engrave, or texture, their piece using traditional hand engraving techniques.

For those who want to engrave their pierced designs...this class is a perfect compliment to Decorative Florentine Hand Engraving, which will show students how to decorate the surface their work. These two classes work hand in hand for creating beautiful Florentine-inspired jewelry.

This class is 8 sessions long. Each session meets for 3 hours. There will be no class on February 15. If a make-up class is necessary, it will be held on March 29, 2009.

Sign up for Decorative Florentine Hand Engraving and this class, Traforo Piercing for Florentine Engraving, and save $100 off tuition. ($650 if you register for both) You must sign up with the office by phone to receive this discount at 781-891-3854.

Materials & Tools
The materials fee includes saw blades, drill bits, and metal to work with.

Students Should Bring:

  • Saw frame (Metalwerx has them available too)
  • Scribe


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