Cosmic Honu Silver Pendant with Gordon K. Uyehara

This project is a study in multipart construction of dimensional parts. It is simple in concept but challenging in execution. We'll explore various ways to decorate your Honu (sea turtle) to make it unique.

In class you will make and learn to create a dimensional pendant of multiple parts, construction strategies, smoothing fills, planning, making and adding decorations, Keum Boo, and how to enhance with a patina.
Metal Clay
Adv Beginner

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Class Materials List

• Regular metal clay tools: rigid and non-stick work surfaces, roller, graduated slats, craft knife, paint brush
• Syringe clay (at least 5 gm.) with medium tip
• ACS Overlay Paste or essential oil paste (small amount, optional)
• Clear acrylic rectangle (snake roller without handle, optional)
• 6 mm round bead
• 3/16-inch diameter wooden dowel or similar drying form
• Coarse salon board or nail tool
• 400 and 600-grit sandpaper
• Hair blow dryer
• Fiber kiln shelf
• Fiber blanket or vermiculite
• Liver of sulfur or patina gel (optional)
• Sunshine polishing cloth or similar
• Scratch brush

For Keum-Boo:
• 24K Gold foil (not leaf)
• Burnishers, at least two
• Fine tweezers
• Precision scissors (optional)
• Leather gloves
• Single stove burner with brass sheet

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Gordon Uyehara

Gordon Uyehara

Metal clay entices Gordon with the lure of simple expression. Yet, he is frequently challenged in the quest to realize his outlandish vision. He strives for efficiency of movement coupled with unrestrained playfulness. When ideas form in his mind, he wants to bring them into physical existence so he can share them. It's fun and one of the ways he express himself as a human. Metal clay is perhaps a life long obsession of Gordon.

He usually starts with a rough sketch to act as a guide. He then decides from the sketch how the piece should be constructed. He works on components separately and then...
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Amazing Tutorial Review by Jude
I was asked to make a tortoise pendant for a colleague at work and I remembered seeing Gordon's turtle on craftedu. Without this tutorial I wouldn't have known where to start. The instructions were so easy to follow (even if I did think my fingers were like sausages at times). Gordon seems to anticipate all your questions. Excellent quality & value. Thanks to Gordon for sharing. (Posted on 11/29/14)
Fantastic! Review by Stephanie
I'm a big fan or Gordon's work and his book is the BEST on the market in my opinion, so when I found him with an few classes here on craftartedu, well, I just HAD to hear the master talk and see him in action. He's clear, concise and a phenomenal artist! I'll treat myself to his other classes too. (Posted on 3/30/13)

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