Upcoming Jewelry Classes

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Jewelry Department

Rachel Shimpock

Rachel Shimpock

Rachel Shimpock

Rachel Shimpock

Rachel Shimpock

Rachel Shimpock

Rachel Shimpock

Instructor: Rachel Shimpock

June 22–25, 2017 (Thursday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


This class is no longer available for registration. For more information, please call the Mendocino Art Center registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


Build your own Electroforming Jar with the Kitchensmith! In this workshop Rachel will cover the exciting possibilities of introducing plating into your toolbox of techniques. We will cover setting up your own plating rig... all you have to bring is your safety equipment and that old cell phone charger in your bottom drawer (not to exceed 12 volt output.) We will also discuss large bath plating and zinc plating along with silver plating! Metallics and non-metallics alike can go into the plating bath with the proper prep! Participants will go home with plated samples, a small personal plating jar to use at home and an excess of knowledge to bring to your studio! Join Rachel and have a blast learning about plating and building your very own plater!

Demonstrations Covered:
• How to set up a small electroforming setup for home or studio
• Two types of electroforming solution: purchased and made
• How to make a power source from a cell phone battery
• How to make a pen plater from common household materials
• Copper Plating instruction
• Silver Plating instruction
• Zinc Plating instruction
• After plating... now what?
• Instruction on Enamel on forms if time permits
• Demonstration Cell phone Charger power conversion

RACHEL KASSIA SHIMPOCK is a California native raised in Orange County, CA, by two high school teacher parents. At age 11 she got separated from her parents in historical Williamsburg and wandered into a smithy where a blacksmith let her hit steel with a tiny sledgehammer. She’s been smitten ever since! She recently received her MFA in the Jewelry/Metalsmithing program at San Diego State University with Professors Helen Shirk and Sondra Sherman. Metal and the format of jewelry in particular speaks to her and for the last 12 years has allowed her to communicate personal stories and there are many! Rachel is carrying on the legacy of her family and her trade by teaching workshops and art classes utilizing any opportunity to spread the gospel of metals and jewelry!

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Current MAC Members: $414
Non-members: $460 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.

Instructor materials fee: $75

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