About the Course
FOUNDATION MODULE 1: FUSION
Tutor: Roger Taylor
Multiple Linked Bracelet
Through the construction of this linked bracelet, you will discover one of the fun and magical properties of Argentium Silver, FUSION. The unique ability of this material to fuse to itself (and other metals), without the need of traditional methods such as soldering.
There is enough material in this kit to make 26 links, however you only require 20 links to make your bracelet. The additional material can be used for practising your technique, or for making a longer bracelet if required.
Essential tools required but not supplied:
Small gas torch & butane gasCharcoal blockFlush cutters
Flat & round nose pliers
Argentium flux & small brush
Glass/ceramic dish for pickle
Heat resistant pad
Spinner tray for charcoal block
Items can be purchased from the website https://www.argentiumguild.com/ or appropriate suppliers.
Learning outcomes from Fusion Module:
To gain practical experience, knowledge and understanding of:How to fuse Argentium Silver – recognising the fusing temperature of Argentium (heat/colour recognition) and developing control over this application.The malleability of Argentium Silver.Heating metal by gas torch (developing heat control).The pickling process.Finishing processes.
Assessment for this Fusion Module will be based on the above learning outcomes. Your assessment will be carried out online, where you are required to submit photographs that clearly demonstrate the quality of your finished product. You will also be required to complete a short tick-box questionnaire to show your understanding of this specific process. Help, support and constructive feedback will be offered.Successful completion of each Foundation Module is recognised by Argentium Courses, in association with the Argentium Silver Guild and Argentium International Limited. Upon successful completion of the Foundation Programme, you will be awarded a Certificate and offered free membership to the Argentium Silver Guild.
Roger is a Freeman of the Goldsmiths Company, Freemen of the City of London, Member of the Goldsmiths Craft and Design Council. He has many years of experience across many disciplines. After graduating in 1967 with a Masters Degree from the Royal College of Art in Silversmithing, he was employed by David Mellor in Sheffield working on product design and silverware. After leaving Sheffield he spent many years managing an engineering and electronics company in London.
Roger established his design studio “Taylor Designs” in Highgate Village in 1980, producing Jewellery and artefacts for many well known retailers including Andre Bogaert, Gucci, Platinum Shop, De Beers, Theo Fennell, Stephen Webster, Leo De Vroomen, Wilkinson Swords. After closing in 1992 he accepted the position of full time Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University, where he became involved with the early development of Argentium Silver with Peter Johns - the creator of the material.
Roger invented “The RT Blanking System”, patented in 1975 and published by the Goldsmiths Company in 1980. It is a simple low cost metal blanking and forming system now widely used by jewellers and metal workers, especially in the USA. This is just one example of the many technical developments and applications associated with him over the years.
From his home workshop Roger continues to design and craft fine commissioned jewellery items as well as using engineering technics, including CNC profiling. Roger continues to develop new technical applications for locks, clasps, jigs, tools and fittings etc. for the jewellery industry.
He is currently acting as a consultant for both TiSento and Tirisi jewellery companies, with their design base in Holland and volume manufacturing in Thailand. He has now taken up the challenge to help and develop the story of Argentium Silver with this new Argentium Courses Programme.
Roger states that “at heart I am a technical person loving all technical aspects of design and making, especially when it comes to volume production. Resolving problems with a one-off piece of fine jewellery is great, but the technical development becomes lost in that one item. However to be able to use that information and apply it to producing in volume is not only satisfying but more profitable.