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Galvanic Etch

Galvanic Etch

Galvanic Etch

Galvanic Etch

Galvanic Etch

Instructors: Dana Driver & John Cornacchia
March 24–26, 2017 (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. Copyright free graphics (digital or hand drawn) will be transferred on to an appropriate resist or "mask" material. The mask is applied to a copper or silver alloy sheet, attached to the battery charger and submerged into a tank for electrochemical etching. In less than an hour, the unmasked areas of the metal will be sharply etched by electrolysis. The etched sheets can be formed into jewelry including earrings, bracelets or pendants. Students are encouraged to bring in their own black and white graphics, designs or photographs to be used in this workshop. We will have plenty of copyright free designs on hand for you to choose from as well. The galvanic etching system process taught in this workshop can be easily set-up in a home studio and IS:

FAST: Useable etched metals in one hour or less.

CLEAN: A clean image is created since there is little or 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 or environment!

DANA DRIVER lives and works in Albion, CA. She has worked as a jeweler since receiving her BFS in Metal Arts from CCAC (now CCA), Oakland, CA, in 1975. Dana continues her life long education by taking and teaching workshops, sharing information and continuing to experiment. Predominantly known for her inlaid beach rock jewelry and small sculptures, Dana now explores the challenging world of recycled materials. Using bottle caps and tin can lids she has developed a die making process for embossing and forming with the Hydraulic press. Her leap into the etching tanks began with a workshop at the MAC!

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JOHN CORNACCHIA was an early developer of the laser etched lost acrylic process and has been teaching this technique and casting to students at the Mendocino Art Center (MAC) for the past five years. His enameled jewelry has been shown in Mendocino County, including Edgewater Gallery and most recently the Mendocino Art Center. John is also the President of the Board of Directors of MAC and currently lives in the village of Mendocino.

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

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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.

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