Cold Connections with Robert Dancik

Cold Connections with Robert Dancik

94 minutes

Listen and watch as Mr. Robert Dancik teaches us a myriad of innovative techniques to cold connect all types of materials together. Covered in this class: rivets, tabs, prongs, folds, micro-fasteners and much more.

All the techniques, materials, and processes shown can be used in conjunction with polymer clay, artist's books, journaling, non-traditional and traditional metalworking, as well as the various types of metal clay. This is a very practical workshop with applications to book artists, sculptors, and jewelers alike.

This is a CraftCast Vintage Video, created before it was possible to incorporate High Definition video, as we do today. How far we have come in such a short time!

Watch and listen as Robert reveals to you all the tips and techniques you need to cold connect all types of materials together. Using close-up photographs of each step of the process, plus Robert’s detailed instruction, you’ll be creating using Robert's techniques in no time!

Class was recorded live so, just like in more recent videos, you’ll hear the live Q&A with other students.

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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: 
  • creating rivets that fit
  • prongs and tab connections
  • folding metal
  • working with micro fasteners
  • design element connections
Materials Used In This Class: 
  • selections of metals
  • wires
  • variety of hammers
  • metal clays
  • simple everyday tools

Included with your video is a full-color PDF class handout with teacher's tips, notes and links to all the resources you need to get started.

Please note: this is not a stand-alone guide but simply a quick-reference for your convenience.