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Saturday, May 26th, 2001

10:00-12:00noon: Brunch

Refreshments will be available in the workshop throughout the demonstration.

12:00-3:00pm: Reticulation with SAS Artisan Paulette Myers

Vessel by Myers–reticulation silver, sterling, pink tourmaline

Reticulation is a heat induced texturing process of sheet metal, utilizing specific natural properties of the silver alloy #820. Myers will demonstrate how the fluid relief pattern can be accomplished through an oxide protective skin build-up followed by localized liquification of the encased sheet metal in a row-pattened method. She will demonstrate how and why reticule formation can be controlled to offer delicate and fine relief-pattening to deeper and more broad linear structure. She will also form the reticulated sheet.

Myers will present her latest reticulation pursuits involving roll-printing and forming. The malleability of reticulated silver sheet is excellent in hydraulic press application, die forming and hand forming.

This process lends itself to the application of vessels, serving utensils, sculpture, and jewelry. It has new and progressive applications in creativity and invention.

Paulette Myers, Professor of Metalsmithing at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL, is well known for her expertise in reticulation. Since 1971 she has pursued the process with the #820 silver alloy as well as copper alloys, nickel alloys and gold. She has utilized reticulation in holloware and jewelry exemplifying the qualities of this technique. As early as 1972 she received recognition of honorable mention in Hollowware in the Student Sterling Competition. She pursued her thesis in 1971-73 at Washington University, St. Louis, MO in the research study of reticulation with 13 different alloys. Following that study, she discovered and developed perforation of nickel silver. That metal phenomenon is published in the Metalsmiths Papers of the Sociely of North American Goldsmiths 1981 and was presented at the Society of American Goldsmiths Convention, Tucson, AZ in 1980. Paulette sees the field of metal as a goldmine of endless undiscovered techniques and processes waiting to be discovered and developed.

The demo will cover:

3:00-3:30pm: Break for Other Activities

3:30-6:30pm: Reticulation Demonstration Continues

6:45pm: Dinner & presentation of the second Hans Christensen Sterling Silversmith Award


$75 (Non-Members)
$60 (Current SAS Members)

On-line Registration Form

Payment Due Date

Your non-refundable payment is due May 12, 2001. Limited to 30 people. Confirmation and directions to SAS will be mailed to you.


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