MBMAG Monthly Speaker Series: Paul Kmetko, Friday, May 18, 7-9 PM

Paul Kmetko: Stenciling on Enamel–Tips and Easy to Make Tool

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Stencils are commonly used in enameling and they can be tricky to manipulate. Nothing is worse than carefully applying powder to your design and jostling the stencil whilst trying to remove it… Not only does it waste precious material, it can be very frustrating. In addition just laying a stencil down on top of the work doesn’t guarantee a snug fit and powder will creep under boundary zones. In order to solve the problem I went back to my roots in screen printing and devised a solution that solves both problems at once. It started as a low tech device with a easily  available clamp fixture that can be modified with minimal effort by almost anybody.
Paul will share this device and how to make a low-tech version of it, as well as giving tips on stenciling on enamel at this month’s MBMAG Speaker Series.
Paul is  a silver smith, enamel artist and the owner of Seabright Metalworks in Santa Cruz.

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Venue Creator Haven LLC
Address 41B Hangar Way
Watsonville CA 95076, US
Starts Fri May 18 2018, 7:00pm PDT
Ends Fri May 18 2018, 9:00pm PDT

Bruce McKay: Ways of Holding, MBMAG Monthly Speaker Series, April 27, 2018

Making jewelry requires holding onto things that are often funny shaped, too small, too hot, too delicate, and so on . Bruce’s talk is about ways to hold stuff while creating your jewelry. This includes holding items while soldering, creating assemblies of item to be held together while soldering such as clusters of heads, holding onto items while filing and sanding, holding irregular shaped metalwork while setting stones, and much more. The tools and techniques will all be demonstrated at this talk for MBMAG at Creator Haven on April 27, 2018 from 7-9 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Save the Date: Registration for Pablo Cubangbang Filigree Workshop Opens March 3 at 9 am

Filigree Bracelet by Pablo Cubangbang


Filigree Earrings by Pablo Cubangbang

Class will be April 14-15, 10-4.

In this Members-Only workshop, the students will learn how to make filigree jewelry. Each student will learn to make their own traditional filigree wires and frame wire using some modern technology. We will construct simple bracelet links with 3 or more techniques incorporated to the design. Each student will also make an earring or pendant. Polishing, finishing and using filigree tools will be covered.

A kit fee of $50 will be collected in class.

The class will be held at Creator Haven, LLC, 41-B Hangar Way, Watsonville, CA 95076

You must be a current MBMAG member to participate. If you haven’t yet renewed your membership for 2018, do it now so that you will be ready to register for this exciting workshop!

Click here to renew or join

Pablo Cubangbang was born in a small town in the Philippines. He has acquired many skills in jewelry making from Cabrillo College and other workshops. He was mentored by Dawn Nakanishi. In a workshop by Dr. Yehuda Tassa, he learned the basic filigree process and fell in love with it and has continued to hone his filigree art in his small studio. Pablo received multiple Visual Arts Scholarships for his jewelry and watercolor pieces. Pablo is a member of the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild and is the president of the Cabrillo Seahawk Metal Arts Club.


Third Friday Speaker Series: Metal Clay Demo with Pat Evans

Dragonfly by Pat Evans; Silver Metal Clay, Fine Silver, Sapphires

Have you been curious about metal clay? Do you think it’s just for hobbyists? Or have you never even heard of it? This product, a combination of recycled silver and organic binders, can be worked like clay and, when fired, is (depending on the variety) pure fine silver, sterling silver, copper, bronze or even steel. Pat Evans, Senior Art Clay Instructor, will demonstrate the basics of working with several varieties of metal clay, and explain how it can be a useful addition to your jewelry-making toolkit.

Join us at the Soquel Glenn Mobile Home Park Clubhouse,

Venue Soquel Glen Mobil Home Park Clubhouse
Address 5470 Soquel Drive
Soquel CA 95073, US
Starts Fri Feb 16 2018, 7:00pm PST
Ends Fri Feb 16 2018, 9:00pm PST

Call for Entries: Winter Abundance

Julie Packer

Call for Artists Extended to Nov. 5:

Winter Abundance
at ZFolio Gallery in Monterey, CA
December 1, 2017 – January 3, 2018
Reception: December 3, 2017

Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild is pleased to present a gallery exhibition opportunity this fall, from December 1st to January 3rd. ZFolio has become one of MBMAG’s favorite places to exhibit – beautiful setting, knowledgeable and helpful staff.  Perfect gift-giving season as well.

Click here to Register


Call for Entry: Opens Sept. 1 and closes Nov. 5th.

Thurs., Oct 12th and Friday, Oct. 13th, (First Collection) collect and inventory work for photographing by ZFolio.

Mon. Oct. 16th – deliver work to ZFolio for postcard – ZFolio will photograph and select work for postcard.

Nov. 23rd, 24th and 25th – (Second collection) Work is collected in Santa Cruz and Monterey, inventoried and checked. Work submitted at this time will not be eligible for photography by ZFolio, nor for possible selection for the postcard.

Nov. 28th deliver work to ZFolio

Dec. 1st, Show opens

Dec. 3rd, Reception

Jan 3rd, Show closes

Jan. 5th Work returned to artists

Artists may submit up to three pieces of work that have not been exhibited before. The materials preferred are silver and gold with a minor amount of inclusions of gems, stones or other materials.  Artists will provide an inventory of their work, photos and bios for an Artist’s Book.

All pieces submitted to this show must be for sale and priced with commission to the gallery in mind. (ZFolio Gallery, 50% artist/ 50%) We will gather work at collection points in Santa Cruz and Monterey.  Please do not contact the gallery directly.  The theme, “Winter Abundance”, may be interpreted as you wish.  All entrants will receive additional information. 

 The entry fee is $25.  Entry fees are nonrefundable and you must be a current MBMAG member.  ZFolio Gallery has an online presence.  See ZFolio at:  www.zfolio.com

 Looking forward to working with you.  Toni Danzig tonidan@comcast.net and Annette Nemes annettenemes@comcast.net, Exhibit Coordinators.


Summer Party at Sierra Azul Nursery


Sunday, Aug. 6 from 1-4 
at Sierra Azul Nursery, 
 2660 E Lake Ave, Watsonville, CA 95076
(across from the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds)
Come join us for our summer get-together at the lovely Sierra Azul Nursery. Bring something yummy for our potluck meal, a folding chair, and your latest bench tips, creations, or interesting tools to share with the group. Wander the 10th annual “Sculpture Is” exhibit, with over 100 sculptures scattered through the nursery grounds and re-connect with your fellow guild members.
We will have a brief board meeting before the party, starting at noon. Please feel free to come early and sit in on the board meeting.