METALINK: SAM PATANIA "Notched Frame Construction"

  • 28 Sep 2013
  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Tucson Parks & Recreation Randolph Complex Arts & Crafts Building #4 Jewelry Studio, 200 South Alvernon Way, Tucson, Arizona 85711 Info: 520-791-4063 X130


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Sam Patania will treat us to another ADC southern chapter Metalink event demonstrating the "Notched Frame Construction" - notching half way through strips of silver and assemble them by slipping the notches together kind of like Lincoln Logs but flat. Sam says: "I find it is a good way to construct pieces with depth and volume without having to make a box form".
Enjoy Sam's clever quips and quotes along with seasoned tips and tricks Prepare for Sam filling up your Saturday "fun bucket"! Metalink as always is FREE and open to the public.
For more than 85 years, the Patania family - father, son and grandson - has been creating remarkable designs in silver, gold, and platinum in their Tucson, Arizona shop.  Sam took over the family business around 1990. Sam's innovative designs employ hydraulic press techniques to improve small-scale production and frequently uses overlay. 

BIO: In  2000 the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery honored three generations of Patanias by displaying and purchasing bracelets from Sam, his father Pancho, and his grandfather Frank Sr. In the April 2012 issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist "Sam Patania - Longevity of Western Style" was featured in TREND article, "Western Style - Celebrating the Heritage of the American Southwest" by Deborah Yonick. Sam's work is described as "American Classic - simple elegance, strong in construction and simple in design". Sam's artistic vision spans three generations: "I see longevity in design and construction and seek to continue that part of the Patania tradition. Patania's innovative designs reveal haute couture aesthetic of Western style using hydraulic press techniques to improve small scale production focusing on turquoise being a specialty enhanced with more precious metals, colored precious and semi-precious gemstones.


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