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Mixed Metal Fusing with Hazel Thorn

August 29th 2021 - September 2nd 2021


This intermediate / advanced level course covers various ways of creating pattern through mixed-metal fusing, by a lateral layering of wires, rods or pieces of sheet. The possibilities of these techniques can lend themselves to many different styles, whether geometric or organic, abstract or representational.

Hazel developed this fusing technique after learning Mokume Gane at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation on Alistair McCallum’s course. She spent several years refining and progressing her technique, including on a Masters degree, leading to a distinctive pallet of patterns and colours which are recognisably related to, but also distinct from, the original Mokume Gane.

During the course, you will create several small samples, and also consider how these processes could be incorporated into your design work, in either silversmithing or jewellery. The samples made on the course will include several different types of patterns and patinas. Before patinating, you may wish to form your metal samples into 3D objects.

You will be shown how to create various patterns, and then also encouraged to look at your research materials and work with the tutor to develop the techniques towards your own personal style and ideas.

After participating in this course, you will be well prepared to continue making the types of patterned metal sheets demonstrated, and also to experiment further on your own. There is a huge amount of potential to explore, in terms of the ways of creating patterns, the chemicals used to colour the metals, and the eventual applications of these experiments into finished pieces.


August 29th 2021
September 2nd 2021
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West Dean College of Arts & Conservation
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West Dean College of Arts & Conservation
West Dean
Chichester, Sussex PO18 0QZ
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