Studio Luna Verde | Dancing with Fire: Explorations in Movement and Texture | Thursday, September 22 through Monday, September 26, 2022 (five days) | 9:00 am until 4:00 pm



Spend five days with Ace McCasland in an artist-in-residency setting. A limited engagement, you will be one of the lucky ones who gets Ace all to yourself for five days of instruction (well, you and no more than eleven of your closest Vivi Magoo sisters and brothers!

Movement. Texture. Fire.

Things that make life interesting.
Movement not only in action, but also as implied or suggested by design.
Texture, because the road is not always smooth, we must embrace the bumps and potholes and imperfections that are inevitable in this raw and raggedy life.
Fire, because it is an extremely versatile tool in metalsmithing.
In this five day focused intensive, we will explore a variety of out-of-the-box techniques for an array of textures, from torch-tortured to hammer smashed to twiggy and twisted. We will experiment with ways of combining, fusing, even water casting silver to add organic textural elements to our creations. We will investigate many unusual, unexpected ways to approach adding movement to our work, be it through hinges, conventional and unconventional, or visual suggestion.  Throughout this workshop, I will also introduce many principles of design to guide you towards making  intentional choices in the direction of your work.  You will have time to explore and integrate your experiments into a variety of completed pieces by the end of the session
Vivi Magoo is proud to partner with an awesome professional metalsmith studio in the Phoenix metropolitan area. You’ll love it!

Urban Metal Studio

33 S Sycamore

Suite 1

Mesa, AZ 85202



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Instructor: Studio Luna Verde (aka Ace McCasland)

Class: Dancing with Fire : Explorations in Movement and Texture

Date of Class: 09/22/2022 – 09/26/2022

Time: 9:00 am until 4:00 pm

Level: Intermediate. Previous soldering experience is recommended.

Class Fee: $1125 for full five days of instruction

Kit Fee: TBD (payable at class time)

*Kit fee may vary a bit due to fluctuating prices of precious metals.

Kit includes the following

use of studio benches, flex shafts, saws, goldsmith hammers, bench blocks, safety glasses, ear protection

Student Supply List

scrap silver (wire, sheet, bezel, whatever you have)

chasing hammer

ballpeen hammer

pliers – flat nose, chain nose, round nose files

hand files and needle files

cross lock tweezers

prong/bezel pusher

burnisher for bezels

flush cutters

metal shears (my favorite : Lindstrom Cutter Shears / Rio # 111289)

miter cutting jig

sanding sticks and/or sandpaper (220-400 grit)

fine tweezers or natural hair paintbrush for placing solder



ruler (with mm reading helpful)


 Optional Supply List

Magnification if required

extra silver / extra silver scrap ring mandrel

extra stones

extra bezel wire

whatever favorite tools you can’t live without!

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**** PRE-ORDER YOUR CLASS SUPPLIES TODAY! Many of our students have asked us to help streamline the process of gathering their supplies and tools for classes, and we have come up with a way we think will work for you. SJ Jewelry Supply in Phoenix is owned and operated by a wonderful family, headed by Mario Morales. His wife, Erika, and son, Steven, round out the staff, and they are excited to help make gathering your supplies easy and stress free. We guarantee they will make life easier for you! No kidding! Here’s how it will work….

  • Once you have determined what you will need for each class, send an email with your request for products and/or tools to SJ Jewelry Supply
    • Go to our website, open the class description for each of the classes in which you are enrolled, scroll down to the section “Student Supplies,” cut and paste the items you want to purchase into an email to Mario.
    • Here’s their email address
  • When they receive your email, they will send you a return email acknowledging receipt of your request
    • In this email, they will instruct you about payment methods 
  • Once your order is filled, they will send you a second email with confirmation stating your order is complete
    • Included in this email, they will give you instructions on how to pick up your orders upon arrival in Tucson

 Sound easy? We think it’s going to help take the stress out of preparing for classes! **********************************************************************************************************************