Reticulated Textures

Course Description

About this course

This virtual workshop is about discovering and understanding the beautiful process of reticulation. Participants will learn to make varying alloys, which affect the reticulations results, as well as the numerous steps required to obtain the wavy, unique textures that reticulation offers. This course will also elaborate on how to form, incorporate, solder, and rivet reticulation without damaging its texture, in order to make stunning one of a kind jewelry pieces.

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Please read the Materials & Tools tab! 

Meet the Instructor

Matthieu Cheminée

Matthieu moved from Paris to New-Mexico when he was 19, where for seven years he studied Navajo, Hopi and Zuni jewelry techniques. He was immediately drawn to stamping, making concho belts and bracelets. He then moved to Mali, West-Africa and worked for a few years with the Fulani, Touareg and Bambara jewelers. 

In 1999, Matthieu settled in Montreal Canada and continued his studies by going to a jewelry school and learning a more classical part of the trade. Over the years, Matthieu has returned to Africa regularly.

In 2014, Tim McCreight and Mattheiu Cheminee created the Toolbox Initiative, a non-profit organization that helps jewelers in West Africa through the gifts of donated tools.

“I have been stamping and making stamps since the beginning and have developed a form of stamping design by creating patterns that fill the entire piece of metal. This is called “tessellation”.

Matthieu has written two books,  “Legacy, jewelry techniques of West Africa“  and “The Art of Stamping”, both published at Brynmorgen Press.

Visit Matthieu's website or instagram page for more info on his work.

Materials & Tools 

The following supplies will be used for course demonstrations and objectives. A suggested item and/or vendor has been provided below for reference. Click the vendor name (in red) to be redirected to a page where you can find the item. The quantities needed for each item are listed first. If ordering, please be aware that some items may come in larger quantities than needed for this class. We recommend not opening an item's packaging until the day of the workshop. Student participation during or in-between class sessions is strongly encouraged but not required - observers are welcome.

Metal/raw materials:

  • 2ozt x .999 or sterling silver - any form (Rio Grande)
  • 1.5"x6" x sterling silver sheet - 21g (Rio Grande)
  • 20grams x copper - any form (Amazon)
  • 4"x4" x sheet of leather

Hand tools:

Torch setup (You will need a large enough torch to melt your metal. A video will be sent to you for how to make an ingot mold using a charcoal block or a piece of hard wood, but a steel mold is recommended.):

Other/miscellaneous items:

  • borax powder - 20 Mule Team is good
  • particulate dust mask
  • eye protection
  • shop rags/towels
  • baking soda - 1oz
  • ruler

Tuition

$150.00

Instructor

Matthieu Cheminée

Dates

July 26 -28, 2021

Time

6:00 PM -8:00 PM

Length

2 days

Level 
Basic and above

No Class Dates

July 27

Location 
Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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