Adventures In The Material World

October 14, 2018 – October 20, 2018

Mary Hettmansperger

How do you attach various items to each other in a permanent manner while maintaining the integrity of the most delicate materials and designs? During this workshop students will answer this question while exploring soldering, cold connections, weaving, tying and wrapping, and using adhesives, epoxies, concrete, polymer clays, and Plexiglass®. You will discover various materials and learn techniques to combine them with copper, brass and sterling silver using traditional and non-traditional metalsmithing techniques. Participants will learn to use alternative surfaces including embossing, torch fire enamels, rusting, patinas and paints to enhance their work and to become part of the aesthetic of the piece. Class discussions include how to incorporate various elements to enhance the design of a piece. Techniques presented range from how to incorporate a butterfly wing or a photo of your mom, to including a Cracker Jacks prize, gemstone, or a rusty nail. Open to all skill levels.


Mary Hettmansperger is the owner of Gallery 64 in Wabash, Indiana. She has been teaching internationally for over 30 years in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the U.K. and Singapore. She has conducted workshops at Arrowmont, Penland School of Crafts and at national and regional Fiber Conferences, Art and Craft Schools, and private Guilds. Hettmansperger has also produced three DVDs on surface design and jewelry for Interweave.

Mary Hettmansperger

In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

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