APRIL BOWER - "Forged Taper and Fused Frame Reticulation"

  • 07 Mar 2020
  • 9:00 AM
  • 08 Mar 2020
  • 5:00 PM
  • Randolph Center, Arts & Crafts, Bldg 4, 200 S Alvernon Way, Tucson, Arizona, 85711
  • 14


  • Fee for members only
  • Open to everyone

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"Forged Taper and Fused Frame Reticulation"

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In this comprehensive workshop, we will explore the art of reticulation in silver while fusing with Argentium silver to create a jewelry piece of your choice; pendant, ring, or earrings along with your personal embellishments (i.e.: Bezel set stones, pegged pearls or dangling briolettes suggested, although Bezel setting stone setting will not be taught). Not a cookie cutter workshop...each finished piece will be uniquely yours. Learn to Roller Forge a tapered element, possibly used for bail, shank or strong design element. Emphasis on design and bails and shanks as cohesive design, rather than afterthought. Learn to melt and pour your own ingots for heavy wire tapering, or start with a length of silver wire/rod.

Argentuim silver has some wonderful properties and a few limitations. It fuses easily. Come learn some of the tricks of this metal so you can enjoy it in your studio.

April Bower is known for creating extremely wearable jewelry. Much of her jewelry exhibits subtle nuances of the Orient yet her jewelry pieces are visually bold and alive with color. She enjoys exploiting the juxtaposition of texture versus smooth, matte versus polish in her metalwork.  April Bower's jewelry ranges from elegant to whimsical in nature to abstract.
April Bower also creates in an unusual yet captivating medium that she developed; patina painting.  It combines April Bower's passion for metalwork with her desire to express herself in larger works. Patina paintings are created using reactive chemicals and metal leafing on copper canvases.  April Bower shares, “Metal is an extremely versatile medium, that can be cast, stretched, pounded, welded, textured and colored; or melted down to start all over again. The possibilities in metalwork are endless.”
While earning her Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree, April Bower worked predominately in silver and her jewelry best described as uniquely creative. After teaching the art of metalsmithing to new and upcoming jewelers, April Bower apprenticed in fine jewelry where she created exquisite jewelry in gold, diamonds and faceted stones for 18 years. April Bower's creative urgings lead her to create larger works using copper as her medium due to copper's rich color and malleability. April Bower's unique copper water fountains and functional copper sculptures lead to extensive exploration in the use of patinas. Patina work actually lead April Bower back full circle to creating fun and unique jewelry in silver and teaching the art of metalworking to others.
April Bower, her husband and cats call the small, mountain town of Pine, Arizona their home base. They have a private studio for their varied artistic careers in metalwork, jewelry, patina painting and more.
April Bower is a Member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, the American Crafts Council, and Arizona Designer Craftsmen. 
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate Students must have basic soldering skills, and be comfortable with a jewelers saw, filing and finishing.

  • Jewelers saw, and assorted blades, mostly 2/0 to 4/0 size
  • bench pin and clamp
  • bench block 2"x2" or larger
  • Polished planishing hammer
  • half  round file 6" or inside ring file, needle files, sanding stick or sponges
  • jewelers metal shears , side cutters
  • assorted  jewelry  pliers for forming
  • safety glasses.


  • silver scraps or casting grain for ingots 1/2 oz min
  • cab stones and appropriate width bezel wire and metal for back plate, or cups
  • Coordinating beads or briolettes to embellish so you have design options
  • burnisher or bezel pusher if you will be setting a stone
  • Flexshaft burrs and discs for  metal clean up
  • bending pliers
  • bezel mandrel
  • optivisor
  • your own clean soft solderite board to lay out and fuse and reticulate on;  6"x 6" is a good size.
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