Beta Class: Create Textured Paper Using the Laser Cutter

  • Wednesday, November 10, 2021
  • Wednesday, November 17, 2021
  • 2 sessions
  • Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (PST)
  • Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 1:00 PM 5:00 PM (PST)
  • BARN Electronic and Technical Arts Studio, Class Code: EL111021JH
  • 6



This is a beta class being offered to invited guests so that the instructor can conduct a test run. A registration code has been emailed to those invited to attend.

*This class has prerequisites. Please see below.*

Do you have a photo, drawing, or other sample of a texture or pattern that you want to use in your work but need a way to transfer it to your metal? To create patterns that are unique to your work, you can use the laser cutter to engrave paper with designs from your image files. Later, you can use the textured paper to transfer the pattern onto metal using a rolling mill.

You can create silhouette dies by laser cutting the shape out of cast acrylic. You use a silhouette die in the hydraulic press to form flat metal sheet into a three-dimensional piece.

In the first session, you'll learn how to adapt files that you can use to create texture patterns and silhouette dies. The files can be ones that you downloaded from the internet; files that you created yourself; or ones that you create in class from your hand-drawn designs.

In the second session, you'll cut texture patterns and silhouette dies using the laser cutters.

In this class, you will learn:

  • What types of designs create good texture and silhouette die patterns
  • What types of designs create good texture and silhouette die patterns
  • Which settings to use in Inkscape, LightBurn, and other software.
  • What types of paper to use to create texture patterns
  • What type of acrylic to make silhouette dies

Students will be able to laser cut several samples using image files, paper, and cast acrylic provided by the teacher. Students are encouraged to bring their own image files (.svg, .jpg or .bmp) to work on.

  • This class is for people who have taken "Using the Hydraulic Press to Add Dimension to Your Work" or have demonstrated experience using a rolling mill and a hydraulic press, as indicated by their Skills Card in the Jewelry Studio.
  • Students must have taken the Intro to the Laser Cutter class offered by the ETA studio.
  • Class level: Beginning/Intermediate class
  • Students must bring: Laptop computer, notebook, pen and (optional) pattern files in .svg, .jpg, or .bmp format

Instructor Bio:

Joan Hammond began working in metal in 1994, when she started taking metalsmithing classes as an antidote to documenting computer software. What she discovered was a medium that not only utilized her previous training in painting, printmaking, and ceramics, but also opened the possibilities of creating art that can be worn.

Family artifacts and history, plants and animals, and the textiles and jewelry of non-Western cultures inspire her current work, which Hammond executes using the techniques of chasing and repoussé. Her long-time interest in Asian art, which deepened when she studied calligraphy and tea ceremony in Kyoto, Japan, continues to influence her aesthetics and sense of design.

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