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presdientGreetings fellow Metalsmiths,

While continuing to navigate these strange waters, MASSC has some pretty special programming lined up for you. Hopefully this helps to keep things interesting. 

August 5th, 2020
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Q:  What is the best way to use Liver of Sulfur for patinas?


A: Liver of Sulfur (LOS) is one of many solutions used to create a patina on metal. It is a mixture of potassium sulfides and comes in a number of forms. Nuggets are a dried form that needs to be dissolved in water and decomposes when exposed to light and air. Gel and liquid forms are stabilized so they don’t have the same decomposition factor, but are also diluted in water for use.

PLEASE NOTE: There are some toxicity issues with LOS, so please read labels and warnings. Most people don’t have any problems, but it is a good idea when using chemicals to read either the label or the MSDS. It is also best to wear gloves and work in a well-ventilated area.

August 4th, 2020

Members Spotlight

Kay Yee

I am a formally trained metalsmith. I began my education decades ago in a community college in San Francisco. I was inspired by Roger Baird, my first metals teacher, to attend art school and I attended California College of Arts for my BFA and later California State University  Long Beach for my MFA. I have always loved the technical aspects of metal working and I find it challenging to create successful pieces. It’s a happy surprise when I make something I like.

 

I work from my studio/home in Pasadena, and I am a professor emeritus at Pasadena City College where I taught (jewelry, crafts & 3D-design) for 33years. When I retired 5 years ago from academia, my husband built a studio that could accommodate 8 students comfortably. I have taught numerous workshops and classes here, as well as hosted visiting artists.

 

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