In this workshop Riki Schumacher will walk you through a step-by-step process on how to light these torches, and the basics on how to operate them. She will show you what gases she prefers to work with. Also covered will be which torch is best for which purpose, as well as how to fill them, light them and some safety issues. Riki’s wish is that by the end of this workshop, you will know which torch is best for your use.
What can you create with these kinds of torches? How can learning about heat add to your jewelry skills? Here are just a few things you can do with these tools, and the skill to use them.
In this workshop Riki will demonstrate these techniques, and help you determine which torch is best for your needs:
- attaching metal to metal
- attaching jump rings to metal
- soldering jump rings
- ball up wire for earrings or headpins
- ball up wire to finish off bracelets
- anneal metal to soften for shaping
- floating solder on metal
After retiring from a grinding career in media, she returned to her passion…art. A jewelry designer for fifteen years, Riki has taught for the last half dozen. She began with mixed media jewelry making, studying with the masters of the craft. Lately she has explored watercolor and acrylic painting. With her love of travel, watercolor art journaling is a new passion.
In the past, you could find her designs in juried art festivals, as well as various boutiques nationally. Riki even had her own line of cast dog image jewelry for many years. She has been featured many times in prestigious art publications such as Stampington’s Belle Armoire, Jewelry Affaire and Belle Armoire Jewelry.
Teaching has become the focus of Riki’s outlet now. She often teaches at national mixed media retreats like Art Unraveled, Adorn Me, Vivi Magoo and Art is You. We’re proud to say this year marks Riki’s fifth year as an instructor with Artful Gathering. She enjoys teaching on line workshops, saying “I love being able to reach students worldwide, in the convenience of their home”. Be sure to check out Riki’s workshops. Students come back often with glowing reviews about her fun classes, saying she provides highly detailed instruction, packed full of techniques.
Riki’s Artful Gathering Retreat workshops include, Petite Photo Frames, Musical Delights, Stackable Boho Bangles, Downton Heirloom Cuff Bracelets, Overcoming the Fear of Fire, Whimsical Teensies, Sweet Tweets, and Romantic Relic Frames. Now available on DVD.