Summer 2020 Design Challenge Results

white with black outlines of two hammers crossed over

Last January we challenged the membership to create a wearable piece of work which would include at least eight pieces from a kit. 

The results were fantastic and creative as we would expect.  The pieces were voted on earlier this month and winners elected by the members, as shown here.

The winners were announced by email and are listed below:

First Place
$ 250
Nancy Yee

Second Place
$ 150
Lynn Guenther

Third Place
$ 100
Susan Shallenberger

Now it is time to auction some of the pieces.

If you are interested in a work, please contact the artist directly and make an offer.  Put MBMAG Summer Challenge Bid in the subject line of your email.

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Annette Nemes



annettenemes@comcast.net



Dick Walvis



Not for sale.



Emmy MacKenzie



emmymackenzie@gmail.com



Lynn Guenther



Not for sale.



Marylou Forrest



alohacglass@gmail.com



Nancy Yee



Not for sale.



Rebecca Thielbar



bex-1@comcast.net



Ron Baldwin



Not for sale.



Susan Shallenberger



susanshallen@comcast.net



Tim Robinson



americanshorthair@juno.com



Tim Yee



Not for sale.

Winter Party 2019


Merry Lee Rae, featured speaker for the MBMAG Winter Meeting and Potluck Party

SAVE THE DATE
Sunday, JANUARY 27th, 2019
Winter Meeting and Potluck Party
Haute Enchilada, Moss Landing 

Join us for good food, fellowship, an inspiring talk by Merry Lee Rae, and take part in The Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild 2ndAnnual Challenges!

Challenge #1: Scavenger Hunt

Create a wearable item (i.e., necklace, ring, brooch, tiara, etc.) containing at least 5 of the 8 items in the list.

Must contain something with*:

A hole in it;

Words/letters

With stripes

That hangs

With a square corner

A textured surface

Fabric

Yarn

*An item can include more than one requirement.

Finished item must be primarily metal. 

Materials list:

Your choice of metal: copper. Silver brass, etc.

Sheet

Wire

Chain

May be soldered or cold-connected

An entry fee of $5.00 will be collected at the time of delivery (the Winter Party).

Items will be voted on by the members at the Winter Party.  The winner of the most votes will receive 50% of the collected fee; the second winner will receive 30% and the third winner will receive 20%.  The entrants may keep the finished piece.

Challenge #2: Unfinished Symphony

Yes, we all have them – that piece that has been sitting on your bench or in the “projects” pile and you are tired of looking at it.

Bring it to the Winter Partywhere another member will select it, finish it, and bring the finished piece tothe Summer Party.  There it will be auctioned as a fund-raiser for the Guild.

The finished work must be wearable, i.e., necklace, ring, brooch, tiara, etc.

MBMAG September Speaker: Sky Paxton–All About Agates, Sept. 21, 7-9, Moss Landing

Lapidary and jeweler Sky Paxton will share his love and knowledge of agates with us on Friday, Sept. 21, 7-9 pm at the Moss Landing Harbor Master’s Office. Sky will share slides with examples of various types of agates, locations where they are found and some factors that affect prices. He’ll also give us some tips on hardness and cleavage planes of popular stones which affect their use in certain types of settings. Sky has been working with stones for many years, so bring your questions about working with these varied and beautiful stones.

This meeting is free and open to the public.

The address is 7881 Sandholdt Road, Moss Landing.  After you enter the driveway to the Harbor parking lot go to the building all the way to the end of the parking lot on your right, “Harbor Master’s Office”.

MBMAG Monthly Speaker Series: Paul Kmetko, Friday, May 18, 7-9 PM

Paul Kmetko: Stenciling on Enamel–Tips and Easy to Make Tool

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Stencils are commonly used in enameling and they can be tricky to manipulate. Nothing is worse than carefully applying powder to your design and jostling the stencil whilst trying to remove it… Not only does it waste precious material, it can be very frustrating. In addition just laying a stencil down on top of the work doesn’t guarantee a snug fit and powder will creep under boundary zones. In order to solve the problem I went back to my roots in screen printing and devised a solution that solves both problems at once. It started as a low tech device with a easily  available clamp fixture that can be modified with minimal effort by almost anybody.
Paul will share this device and how to make a low-tech version of it, as well as giving tips on stenciling on enamel at this month’s MBMAG Speaker Series.
Paul is  a silver smith, enamel artist and the owner of Seabright Metalworks in Santa Cruz.

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Watsonville CA 95076, US
Starts Fri May 18 2018, 7:00pm PDT
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Bruce McKay: Ways of Holding, MBMAG Monthly Speaker Series, April 27, 2018

Bruce McKay with torch and optivisors

Making jewelry requires holding onto things that are often funny shaped, too small, too hot, too delicate, and so on . Bruce’s talk is about ways to hold stuff while creating your jewelry. This includes holding items while soldering, creating assemblies of item to be held together while soldering such as clusters of heads, holding onto items while filing and sanding, holding irregular shaped metalwork while setting stones, and much more. The tools and techniques will all be demonstrated at this talk for MBMAG at Creator Haven on April 27, 2018 from 7-9 pm. Light refreshments will be served.