Electroforming and Embellishing Insects With Glass with Terry Henry


Electroforming and Embellishing Insects With Glass with Terry Henry

from 325.00

Instructor: Terry Henry

Dates: March 6th - 8th, 2020 from 10am - 5pm-ish, each day. (3 day class)

Artist reception on Saturday March 7th, 2020 from 6pm - 8pm.

We will learn how to electroform with Cicadas and techniques for making glass abdomen. Terry will also cover methods of construction for these mixed media pieces into jewelry.

Rene’ Lalique was very influential in the Art Nouveau movement. He is know for his designs, which incorporated butterflies, dragonflies, beetles, moths and other insects into wearable art.  This class provides an opportunity to create your own unique piece of wearable art from a real cicada.  We will use the process of copper electroforming to create a setting for your own blown hollow lampwork bead embellished with dichroic gems and crystals of your choice. 

Students will learn the basic process associated with copper electroforming with emphasis on rectifier settings, tank setup and maintenance. Additional skills include texturing, stone setting, sealing, annealing/burn out of organic material, and metal finishing. Projects will need to process 12 and 30 hours for proper copper deposition at a given stage of preparation. 

Material Kit includes a cicada that has been pre-processed, an unprocessed cicada shell, copper wire, conductive paint, glue, dichroic gems/crystals, and a tutorial containing detailed instructions, material resources, and photographs. 

Class Fee: $575.00 plus $75 material fee

Student Required Tools and other items:

·      Magnifying glasses or readers if necessary, personal light

·      Hand tools (round nose, flat nose, chain nose pliers, flush cutters, jewelers saw and bench pin)

·      1/8 in stainless steel pipe* or small blow pipe

·      bbq tongs

·      Basic Lampworking tools

·      Didymium eyewear

·      Additional gem stones, cut and uncut

·      Beads and small glass cabochons

·      Notebook and pen

The class will use liver of sulphur (LOS) to darken final project.  

A $325.00 deposit will hold you a seat! Remaining balance must be paid in full by February 1, 2020. Please note that $150.00 of the deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE.


A little about Terry:   

Artist bio:

After a career as a scientist Terry Henry answered her hearts call to turn to art full time and since the day after her retirement in November 2011 she hasn’t looked back! Terry attended college at San Jose State University. She started out as and art student, however her concern for making a living resulted in a career path change to earth science; though all the while nourishing the desire to be and artist. Terry’s art embraces science, as she is best known for her electroforming work, which combines real flowers, insects, fossils with inorganic materials and her lampwork floral designs. Terry’s extensive teaching experience to K-12 and adult learns in the field of art and science makes her class easy to understand and follow. 

Teaching experience: 

Teaching experience includes a State Single Subject Teaching Credentials in Art and Science and a Lifetime Community College Teaching Credential.  Terry started teaching science in 1976 at the State and Community College level, and art and science at the K-12 level in 2005.  She teaches flameworking, wire wrapping, and electroforming to adult learners across the country. 

Artist Statement:

The science of art continues to inspire my glass and metal-formed art pieces. My creativity is guided by elements of the chemical, physical and natural world that I have explored as an artist and scientist. I delight in understanding scientific processes of glass, organic elements, metal, and electricity, which provide a platform for artistic growth and development. Elements of my work represent science while my palette of color, form, and design embrace an intersection of the phenomena of the natural world with fantasy that challenges the boundaries of reality. 



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