Thomas Ashman

FRIDAY
FEBRUARY 6, 2015
9:00 am until 4:00 pm
THOMAS ASHMAN
GLASS JOURNAL
$145 one-day class 
This little book is a beautiful union of form and function. Copper, wire, paper, and glass come elegantly together in this charming little book that is sure to become a treasured keepsake, especially once it is filled with your art and writing.  Construct an updated version of my original all-metal binding, add two 4" beveled glass covers, fill it with some nice watercolor paper, and it is perfect for writing, art journaling, scrapbooking, whatever your art desires! Students fabricate the glass and metal book completely "from scratch" and embellish with chain, beads, charms, and pretty photo images. This unique binding, once mastered, can be adapted to many other materials such as found tin, sheet metal, stained glass, and much more! Two transparencies of vintage photos are included, but students are invited to bring a personalized image for the covers. Just print out any 2 photos you like on transparency film at 4.25" sq. but do not trim them yet. Glass is pre-drilled but bring your own Dremel and a 1/8" Glastar diamond drill bit if you want to try your hand at drilling glass in class.
Techniques taught include drilling glass, metal fabrication, alteration of metal with torch and patina, basic bookbinding terminology, use of various hand tools, tool safety, and much more! More info on tools and supplies at www.blacksheepartist.com.
KIT FEE: $35 – payable to instructor at time of class and includes
Copper Plumber's tape
Machine screws, nuts, and washers
Copper or brass wire
2 Vintage photo transparencies
2 pre-drilled beveled glass squares
Chain
Beads & Pins
Patinas
Clear Coat (time permitting)
STUDENT SUPPLY LIST
16 pieces of 90# hot press watercolor paper sized 4" x 7.5"
(Please feel free to paint, stamp, collage, dye, color, or otherwise decorate your paper, but use light colors on at least two sheets, so the transparency shows up well)
4 sheets of decorative paper or vellum, torn or deckled at 4" x 11" (optional)
Tin Snips
Phillips screwdriver
Disposable paint brush
Scissors/ruler/pencil
Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Wire cutters
Safety Glasses
Propane torch w/small sized fuel canister (optional)
Dremel tool or drill with 1/8" Glastar diamond drill bit (optional)
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FRIDAY
FEBRUARY 6, 2015
6:00 pm until 9:00 pm
THOMAS ASHMAN
“CHARMING” SHEET METAL PENDANTS
$75 three-hour class
This workshop could be called "metal shop for beginners". Students will spend the evening learning some fun metalworking techniques while making one or two of these "charming" little pendants. You'll learn to drill, cut, polish, patina, grind, sand and engrave on copper and brass sheet metal. Then, attach their own favorite charms and/or found objects with tiny brass hardware and copper and brass wire. Students will also learn some new ways to use common findings, wrap beads, and how to build a quality piece that is sure to catch eyes and withstand actual use and wear.
KIT FEE: $25 – payable to instructor at time of class and includes
Brass & copper sheet metal
Brass and copper wire
Chains and findings for 2 pendants
Brass hardware
STUDENT SUPPLY LIST
I will have extra of the specialty tools to share, but students will need to bring the following basic tools and supplies to class:
A few of your favorite metal charms, beads, and found objects
Chain nose pliers
Shop shears or tin snips
Round nose pliers
Small wire cutters
Disposable paintbrush
Safety Glasses
Dremel or other rotary tool with cut of wheels, grinding stone, drill bits, & buffing wheels
Hand punch (optional)
Torch (optional)
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SATURDAY
FEBRUARY 7, 2015
9:00 am until 4:00 pm
THOMAS ASHMAN
TIN ANGEL
$145 all-day class
The beauty and mystery of these supernatural, winged creatures has captivated our collective imagination for centuries, and artists throughout history have interpreted angelic form in infinite variations and have rendered these beings in every media available. In this class, students will bring a tin can and a porcelain doll head & hands, and create their very own angel. The can itself can be any shape or size, rusty or not (the pictured sample is an empty spray paint can, but had absolutely no paint inside!) Instruction centers on seamlessly unifying dissimilar media by altering the appearance of the porcelain doll parts; coloring/altering copper, brass, and other metals to a weathered, worn, and rusty appearance; and incorporating sturdy connection methods into the overall design of these "well built" dolls. While this is a project-based course, there is much room for individual expression (students are encouraged to bring along found objects, favorite rubber stamps, and other materials, metal or otherwise, to decorate, embellish, and personalize their angel) and students will receive detailed, one-on-one instruction in many useful fabrication techniques, like rolling, engraving, stamping, punching, cutting and drilling metal, hardware applications, sculpting, and altering copper, brass, hardware, and other objects with special paints, torches, tools, & patinas. 
KIT FEE: $35 – payable to instructor at time of class and includes
Wooden base
Copper sheet metal
Various hardware
Chain
Metallic surfacing paints
Patinas
Copper wire
Two-part resin clay
Brass sheet metal
Clear coat spray (time permitting)
STUDENT SUPPLY LIST
At least one tin can (no aluminum! Think soup, juice, etc.)
Porcelain doll head and hands (find one on the thrift store's abandoned doll shelf)
Tin snips
A drill, Dremel, or other rotary tool with assorted drill bits, sanding barrels and cut-off wheels (a grindstone can be helpful too)
Heavy duty wire cutters
Needle nose pliers
Phillip's & flat head screwdrivers
Safety glasses
OPTIONAL (if they're not a hassle - instructor has extra tools for students to share if you are unable to bring all of the tools) 
Propane torch
Clay sculpting tools
Hammer and bench block
Heat gun
Nut driver set (very handy indeed)
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SATURDAY
FEBRUARY 7, 2015
6:00 pm until 9:00 pm
THOMAS ASHMAN
DREMEL AFTER DINNER
$75 three-hour class
So you bought a Dremel Tool, with all those crazy attachments and bits, and the unbridled versatility of this amazing device has left you more than a little bit confused, or even intimidated. Fear not my friends, for this course will turn a Dremel Novice into a Dremel Master. I will explain all the basic workings of the tool, chucks, collets, and how to change accessories. We'll go over what many of the different tips and bits can do, such as drilling, cutting, buffing, sanding, grinding, polishing, carving, engraving, and a few of the specialty bits and attachments like tools that can drill and cut glass or stone (diamond bit/cutter required). Students will not only get a demonstration of these tools and several of their myriad uses on all kinds of materials, but should bring along a variety of supplies to practice on, as there will plenty of quality hands-on time for you and your new tool. We will also cover basic safety for rotary tools. 
Students should bring: A Dremel (or other roary tool) with all the bits, attachments, and gizmos
a variety of supplies to play with like metal, wood, plastic, porcelain, stone and glass (requires a diamond bit or cut off wheel)
some snips or shears
a pair of needle-nose pliers
wire cutters
scissors
ruler
Sharpie
don't forget the safety glasses!
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SUNDAY
FEBRUARY 8, 2015
9:00 am until 4:00 pm
THOMAS ASHMAN
Tiny Glass & Copper Journal
$145 one-day class
Do good things really come in small packages? Well this tiny little glass and copper journal is jam-packed with charm and will be a treasure once filled with your photos, writing, or art. Students fabricate "from scratch" a 4" x 3" glass and copper journal. I just love the way the vintage photo transparencies look with the metal but the images on the front and back covers are entirely up to you, just bring 2 transparency images 2"x3". I will even give you a few other design choices as you construct this smaller updated version of my original all-metal binding and book spine. We attach the copper and baroque swirled glass covers with delightfully rusted hardware. Just a few of the things you will be learning are: glass cutting, alteration of metal with torch and patina, hardware, hand tools and safety, simple metal fabrication, wire wrapping, basic book binding terminology, and lots of other cool tips and tricks for a mixed media artist! Get more info at www.blacksheepartist.com
KIT FEE: $35 – payable to instructor at time of class and includes
Copper plumber's tape
Baroque glass
Transparency photos (or bring your own 2"x 3")
Hardware
Copper or brass wire
Chain
Beads & pins
Patina
Clearcoat (if there's time)
STUDENT SUPPLY LIST
16 pieces of 90# hot press watercolor paper torn or deckled at 5.75" x 3.75" (paint these too if you want)
Tin snips
Wire cutters
Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Phillips screwdriver
Safety Glasses
Disposable paintbrush
Torch (optional)
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