BECKY McDONAH "Righteous Reliquaries for Ordinary Objects"

  • 20 Nov 2010
  • 9:30 AM
  • 21 Nov 2010
  • 4:30 PM
  • Arizona State Univeristy, Art Warehouse, 851 S Myrtle Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281


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Create elaborate containers for those cherished items you keep tucked away, wrapped up in an old sock, or something that you interact with everyday. The focus of this workshop will be designing small containers that incorporate mechanisms from basic hinges to cradle hinges, bayonet closures and more… and we can’t leave out pressure fitting. Cold connections and entrapment will also be covered as we are working with found objects which may not be able to withstand heat. Surface Hearing Protection Protector-A Reliquary for Ear Plugs-Shown opentreatments and embellishments will be addressed as well along with cutting glass for viewing options. Students will relate their design choices back to the items they choose to contain."

BIO: Becky Chader McDonah is an Assistant Professor of Art at Arizona State University where she has headed upHearing Protection Protector-A Reliquary for Ear Plugs-Shown open the Metalworking Department since 2005.  Previous to that she was a Visiting Professor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio from 2001-2005.  Becky received her MFA from Arizona State University and her BA degree from University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.  Originally from Wisconsin, she now finds herself in Tempe, Arizona where she served as President of the Arizona Designer Craftsmen Central Chapter 2006-2010.  Becky received the Distinguished Teacher Award in 2007 from the Herberger College of the Arts at Arizona State University.  She has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions, and has lectured and presented workshops at internationally renowned venues including Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee and Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan.  Becky has also been chosen to co-chair the 2012 Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) Conference to be held in the Phoenix area.         



$150 ADC Members/$175 Non-Members


Here is a list of handy things to have.  Do not feel you need to purchase every single size and shape of wire and tubing listed, not all students will choose to make each kind of mechanism, and usually there is some trading and sharing happening since not much material is required for a small scale container.  For example, you need to purchase tubing in one foot sections and you may not need more than a couple inches for your designs. 

Any jewelry/metals supplier
Catalog numbers provided are for
Rio Grande, Albuquerque, NM  or 1(800)545-6566
Source Code: LG227 and LT246

Small Parts, Inc
For copper or brass telescoping tubing

Ace Hardware
Many Ace stores carry the telescoping tubing as well
Basic hand tools:
110-043    saw frame
110-038    2/0 saw blades or preferred size (as many as you need)
Assorted pliers:
111-142    Round nose pliers
111-078    Chain-nose pliers
111-128    flat-nose pliers
Files (needle and larger sizes): Needle file set, bastard file, half-round file available at local hardware stores as     well as jewelry supply places
Soldering supplies (flux, solder, pick)
101-704/101-703/101-100    Hard/Medium/Easy silver solder
Variety of sandpaper and your favorite flexshaft attachments for clean up and finishing
Small metal ruler and any other templates you may have
Variety of metal:
Amount will vary depending what scale you choose to work in and what metals you prefer. 
Sheet metal 18-20ga:
Copper, brass, nickel are all options, but remember that nickel can be an angry bear to form and warp like a crazy banana when soldering.  For those of you who are not affected by the economy, silver and gold are also options. 
Round, square, triangle or beaded, all make wonderful decorative trim or can be used in construction.  The round and square can also be used in the making of our mechanisms.  Again, this will depend on your design, so bring what you have or pick up a few different gauges. 16-20 ga round wire you can always do something with and 12-14 ga square wire will work for a variety of our mechanisms as well Indian Jewelers Supply Co. carries this in brass and nickel
Telescoping tubing for hinges.  Depending on design and dexterity, you may want to choose anywhere from 5/32 to 1/16 diameter tubing.  Just make sure one fits tightly inside the other. Small Parts, Inc. carries telescoping tubing in copper and brass.
Stones and more…
For those of you with lots of fancy stones, beads, globs… whatever...bring them!  Don’t forget your bezel wire in case your container calls to be encrusted or just accented! 

Recommended Book:
The Metalsmith’s Book of Boxes & Lockets
By Tim McCreight
ISBN 0-9658248-9-6
Hand Books Press
Madison, Wisconsin
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