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Metaphors Of Nature: Marriage Of Metals And Found Objects

June 5 - 10, 2022

Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez  ·  jccaballerostudio.com

Workshop at a glance

Learn techniques for surface embellishment and how to make married metals to create jewelry and metal work influenced by and that uses objects from nature.


  • Solder and fabrication techniques
  • Surface embellishments
  • Finishing techniques


  • Copper sheet
  • Sterling, nickel, and fine silver
  • Shibuichi and Shakudo
  • Found objects from nature


  • Various processes for texturing
  • Soldering techniques
  • Basic forging techniques
  • Color patination

Artist Bio

Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez is a metal artist and professor in the Metals and Jewelry Design Program at Rochester Institute of Technology and received his MFA and BFA from there. His work is in several publications including On Body and Soul: Contemporary Armor to Amulets, and 500 Bracelets. Caballero-Perez is a New York State Foundation of the Arts Fellowship Recipient and a Craft Alliance of New York State Career Development Grant Recipient.
Arrowmont Connections

  • Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez
  • Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez
  • Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez
  • Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez

Workshop Description

In this workshop students will learn various soldering techniques and form thin metal in the construction of small objects and structures for jewelry making. Using different colored metals, you will explore the graphic possibilities of multicolored designs. Participants will utilize cutting techniques and soldering inlay with a variety of metal sheet types and use various alloys of copper, such as shibuichi and shakudo, for the creation of dramatic design effects. Found objects from nature will be included in all work and through varied finishing techniques. You will open the door to a wide variety of aesthetic possibilities to enhance ideas for design considerations. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $690  ·  materials list

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