Book It: Connecting it All with Robert Dancik

89 minutes

Learn from Master Stuff Smith, Robert Dancik, how to create booklets for a variety of purposes using faux bone; creating a variety of hinges, hooks and other connections.

Learn to connect your pieces using movable hinges, functional hooks, and an assortment of rivets and eyelets.

Robert will show you step-by-step the process of creating with faux bone; how to treat, finish, and connect this material in a variety of ways.

Learn the technical skills behind these one of a kind pieces an get started creating your own unique work of art.

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Robert Dancik holds a Masters degree in sculpture from Northern Illinois University, and a BA in fine art from Adelphi University. He has been an artist/teacher for more than 30 years and is presently an adjunct professor of education at Pace University. Robert has taught people from kindergarten to graduate school while exhibiting his jewelry and sculpture in museums and galleries across the US and in Europe, Japan, and Australia. He teaches workshops at art centers in the US and abroad including Penland, NC; Arrowmont, TN; Metalwerx, MA; Touchstone Center for Crafts, PA; Victoria College of Art, Australia; Brookfield Craft Center, CT; and Mid Cornwall School of Jewelry (UK) to name a few. His work is in numerous collections including the Wustum Museum of Art, Boeringer- Ingleheim International, Schamberger International, Mitsubishi International, Japan and the Gregg Museum of Art and Design.

He has artwork published in many books including, in the Lark series, “500 Pendants”, “500 handmade Books and “1000 Rings”. Other books his work is featured in are “PMC Decade”, “Fine Art of the Tin Can”, “The Art of Resin Jewelry,” “Zilver Klei” (Denmark), and “Creative Metal Clay Jewelry”. He has written articles and published his artwork in numerous magazines including “Niche”, “Art Jewelry”, “Lapidary Journal” and “Perspectives” among others. Robert is the originator of Faux Bone™, a new, wonderful material for artists involved in jewelry, artist’s books, sculpture, and many other artistic disciplines. His book “Amulets and Talismans: Techniques for Making Meaningful Jewelry” is published by Northlight Books. He lives in Connecticut, teaches around the world, is an avid cook (I didn’t say good) and collector of toys, maps, and compasses.

Covered In This Class: 
  • tools and supplies
  • how-to cut, carve, saw, hammer, polish, drill, stamp, inlay, and dye, faux bone
  • texturing, finishing, and creating unique surfaces
  • how to make movable hinges to create book covers that open and close
  • creating and adding polymer clay embellishments
  • ideas and techniques for making secure cold connections
  • alternative ways to combine the clays, metal and polymer,
  • design tips for making your pieces stand out
Materials Used In This Class: 
  • faux bone
  • basic metal smithing tools
  • ephemera artwork
  • polymer clay for embellishments
  • wire for rivets and connections

Included is a class handout filled with notes and all the resource information you need to get started.