Beyond Bolo Ties: Enameling and Adornment
April 4 - 7, 2024
Wyatt Nestor-Pasicznyk · wyattnp.com
Workshop at a glance
Exploring possibilities with enameling techniques to create your own bolo tie.
- Copper Blanks
- Copper Sheet and Tubing
- Vitreous Enamels
- Riveting Material
- Basic Champlevé and Cloisonné techniques
- Tab setting
- How to construct bolo tie findings and backings
Wyatt NP is a metalsmith, enamelist and leather worker currently living and working out of rural NJ. He graduated from Tyler School of Art with a BFA in Metals Jewelry and CAD CAM in 2021. His work has recently been featured in the Enamelist Society’s show “Alchemy6,” The Metal Museum’s exhibition “We are Here” and the most recent Issue of Society of North American Goldsmith’s Magazine focusing on queer metalsmiths. NP grew up in a small rural town working with horses his whole life. Since graduating he has been working on several farms and ranches focusing on horsemanship and land stewardship, in addition to continuing his practice in his home studio. The culture of both farming and agriculture heavily impact the kind of work he makes in his practice. NP creates much of his work in the form of champlevé enameled belt buckles; a type of body adornment tied to both rural identity and masculine normativity. One of his main passions is agriculture and the perseverance of farmers over generations as the land, climate and people change. He hopes to convey this sentiment in his work while providing visibility for LGBT farmers, metalsmiths and craftspeople.
In this workshop students will learn some of the history of bolo ties along with traditional methods and findings used to hold the lariat behind the tie. Students will explore a variety of materials and techniques to create the bolos including sifting enamel to create colorful designs, incorporating overglazes on enamel along with learning champlevé and cloisonné techniques on copper blanks that will be provided. Students will first create some test pieces to practice enameling before deciding on a design to turn into a bolo. Students should have prior knowledge of soldering as that will be integral to affixing the findings which will hold a lariat in place.
COURSE FEE: $520
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