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Jewelry Department

Dana Driver

Dana Driver

Dana Driver

Dana Driver

Instructor: Dana Driver
September 28–30, 2018 (Friday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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You may register online until two weeks prior to class start date. After that date, please call the registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


Students will be shown how to construct an inexpensive but powerful DIY galvanic etching tank using acid free safe solutions and a battery charger. Because this is NOT an acid based etching process, there is a wide range of materials that can be use as a resist. Oil based ink pens, rubber stamp ink and stamps, vinyl, and PNP paper are some of the materials that can easily be used as “the resist” or “mask.”

PNP paper is used to transfer digital images of your own artwork, black and white photographs and copyright free digital graphics to your metal. Once your imagery is applied to a piece of copper or brass, it is then attached to the battery charger and submerged into a tank for electrochemical etching. Within 60 to 90 minutes or less, the unmasked areas of the metal will be sharply etched by electrolysis. With silver the etching occurs in minutes. The etched sheets can then be formed into jewelry including earrings, bracelets, pendants belt buckles, etc. We will also be etching “in the round” – on tubing and other spherical forms. Students are encouraged to bring in their own black and white graphics or photographs that can be used in this workshop.

The galvanic etching system used in the workshop can be easily set-up in a home studio and is:

Fast – Deep etching in 90 minutes or less. 

Clean – A clean image is created since there is little to no undercutting or degradation of the resist.

Green – An acid free, non-caustic bath is used that can be reused repeatedly for years that poses little or no hazard to the artist.

The Susan E. Wood Jewelry Studio is available for use for a fee the days following your workshop should you like to continue practicing new skills or finish projects started in class. For more details or to schedule extra workdays, please contact Nancy Gardner, Jewelry Coordinator/Studio Manager.

DANA DRIVER lives and works in Albion, CA. She has worked as a studio jeweler since receiving her BFA in Metal Arts from CCAC (now CCA) in 1975 and continues her life long education by taking and teaching workshops, sharing information and continuous experimentation. Known for her beach stone jewelry and small objects inlaid with fine silver and 22kt gold, Dana is now exploring the world of recycling which has led her to die making and embossing using a hydraulic press and repurposed materials.

Visit Dana Driver's website


Current MAC Members: $310
Non-members: $345 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

There is a registration fee of $45 for each class for non-members. Current Mendocino Art Center members do not pay a registration fee and may take 10% off each class registration. The discount is reflected in the prices above. Not a member yet? You may sign up below.
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Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.

Instructor materials fee: $20
Additional copper and some sterling sheet will be available for purchase.

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