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Call for Nominations:  HMAG’s 2016-2017 Board of Directors

Call for Nominations: HMAG’s 2016-2017 Board of Directors

  Houston Metal Arts Guild members will cast their ballots for the 2016-2017 Board of Directors at the annual business meeting to be held April 21, 2016.  The Guild is seeking volunteers (like YOU?) who are willing to contribute their ideas, skills and vision to help guide HMAG through its upcoming fiscal year.   Volunteers need not be business professionals nor have […]

April Program:  Creating Contemporary Jewelry in the Bayou City

April Program: Creating Contemporary Jewelry in the Bayou City

Rene Lee Henry and Jounha Jung, both current metal Artists in Residence  (AIR) with the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft,  along with Terry Fromm and Gary Schott, recent AIRs, will present a program for HMAG on April 21, 2016.    The artists will give HMAG members a peek at their work and discuss the impact that the AIR […]

Workshop: Sondra Sherman at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Workshop: Sondra Sherman at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

HMAG has partnered with Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and the Glassell School of Art to have  Sondra Sherman lead a workshop entitled “Intent, Chance and Happenstance.”   Sherman, whose work is featured through May 8, 2016 in the Craft Center’s exhibit,  Found Subjects: Works by Sondra Sherman, creates unique brooches and necklaces prompted by the individual […]

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April Program:  Creating Contemporary Jewelry in the Bayou City

April Program: Creating Contemporary Jewelry in the Bayou City

Rene Lee Henry and Jounha Jung, both current metal Artists in Residence  (AIR) with the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft,  along with Terry Fromm and Gary Schott, recent AIRs, will present a program for HMAG on April 21, 2016.    The artists will give HMAG members a peek at their work and discuss the impact that the AIR […]

January Program:  Andy Cooperman Presents “What’s the Worst That Could Happen?”

January Program: Andy Cooperman Presents “What’s the Worst That Could Happen?”

On the evening of January 23,  Seattle-based metalsmith, educator, and writer Andy Cooperman will present a lecture entitled “What’s the Worst That Can Happen?” in which he shares some of his experiences  and observations from his 35 year career as a successful metalsmith and teacher. Andy will be in Houston  January 23-27, 2016  to teach his trademark workshop  ” The […]

HMAG Celebrates 20 Years and the Holidays

HMAG Celebrates 20 Years and the Holidays

1995… Bill Clinton was president, Forest Gump won the Oscar for Best Picture and “Y” necklaces were all the rage.   The average price for an ounce of gold was $383, silver had inched past $5 per ounce (Boy, those were the days!) and thanks to the efforts of a small group of visionaries, Houston got an official […]

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April Program:  Creating Contemporary Jewelry in the Bayou City

April Program: Creating Contemporary Jewelry in the Bayou City

Rene Lee Henry and Jounha Jung, both current metal Artists in Residence  (AIR) with the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft,  along with Terry Fromm and Gary Schott, recent AIRs, will present a program for HMAG on April 21, 2016.    The artists will give HMAG members a peek at their work and discuss the impact that the AIR […]

Workshop: Sondra Sherman at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Workshop: Sondra Sherman at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

HMAG has partnered with Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and the Glassell School of Art to have  Sondra Sherman lead a workshop entitled “Intent, Chance and Happenstance.”   Sherman, whose work is featured through May 8, 2016 in the Craft Center’s exhibit,  Found Subjects: Works by Sondra Sherman, creates unique brooches and necklaces prompted by the individual […]

Special Event: The Museum Experience

Special Event: The Museum Experience

HMAG will once again participate in Houston Center for Contemporary Craft’s  “The Museum Experience-Zone 2,” on April 30, 2016;  10am-5pm.    This fun family event (formerly known as The Gathering of the Guilds) showcases local artist guilds with craft demos and hands-on activities provided by the participating guilds. There will be live entertainment and the Craft Center’s exhibitions will be […]

Tips & Tricks

Patinas, Rivets, Soldering, and More!

Patinas, Rivets, Soldering, and More!

Tips & Tricks To Develop a Heat Patina on Copper This process usually takes about 20 – 30 minutes. 1. Finish, clean, and dry the copper. 2. Put the piece in an oven preheated to at least 350 degrees. 3. Check it after 10 minutes- it will turn from nutty brown to crimson to bright […]

Flux, Disposal, Sanding, and More!

Flux, Disposal, Sanding, and More!

Tips & Tricks Quick rescue for dried out paste flux Revive white paste flux, ( Handy Flux, Dandix, etc.) by adding a small amount of water and gently warming in a microwave. Cover, but do not seal, the flux container with a plastic or glass lid. Microwave on high or 3/4 power, depending on the […]

Soldering, Chasing, Charcoal Blocks, and More!

Soldering, Chasing, Charcoal Blocks, and More!

Tips & Tricks To reconstitute dried-out paste solder, stir in one drop of mineral oil at a time until thoroughly combined. Do this in a glass container, as metal may contaminate the solder. The process will go quicker if the glass container is warmed. The oil may cause the solder to flare up when soldering. […]

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