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Fri, Apr 21


Xerocraft Makerspace

Drawing on Metal, with Deb Karash

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Drawing on Metal, with Deb Karash
Drawing on Metal, with Deb Karash

Time & Location

Apr 21, 2023, 9:00 AM – Apr 24, 2023, 5:00 PM

Xerocraft Makerspace, 101 W 6th St #111, Tucson AZ 85701


About the event

Who doesn’t want to add a little color to their jewelry, or maybe your own patterns and images?  This class focuses on my method for drawing on metal with colored pencils.  Learn to add color and excitement to your work with my special technique.  In this 4-day class, you should finish at least one pendant and several sample pieces.  Fabrication techniques will be covered as time allows.  We will talk about design, layering color, blending color, shadows and highlights, and best finishing methods for your color work.  All levels welcome!

For questions, please contact Pat Glover @(520) 275-2641 or email


Deb Karash grew up in Rockford, Illinois, in a family of makers.  Her interest in art started at a young age, when she started collecting antique jewelry at art festivals and auctions. She went on to get both Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from Northern Illinois University.  Deb now lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina where she has a studio in the beautiful city of Ashville. Her career includes doing craft shows, being a part time jeweler and full-time studio artist, to now spending most of her time teaching. Deb has been invited to teach her unique technique for applying bold color to metal at many of the finest jewelry programs in the country, as well as several international venues.  In addition to her busy teaching schedule, Deb shows her work in selective exhibitions and is the inventor of two new tools for jewelers. As the granddaughter of a tool and die maker, perhaps that was inevitable.


Saw frame and 4/0 blades 


Bench Pin (studio may have these) 

Nylon wedge hammer   

Texture hammer (optional)   

Small ball peen hammer or hammer hand piece  

Punch (not an automatic punch), a large nail will do 

Little Black Block or steel bench block and forming blocks. 

(The Little Black Block can be purchased directly from me for $90 - just email me if you would like one) 

8 inch #2 Swiss file, either barrette, half round or flat 

Needle files  

Sanding stick (I use 4way nail files) 

Fine point sharpie marker 

X-acto knife 

Metal shears (optional) 


Flat nose pliers, chain nose pliers 

Super flush cutter 

Steel burnisher 

Dremel 9933 Structured Tooth Tungsten Carbide Cutter (optional) 

Sketch pad and pencil


22 gauge copper. 6”x 6” 

22 gauge silver (optional) 

Prismacolor Premier pencils. (I will have some for students to share and possibly some to purchase)

KIT FEE: $35.00

This covers chemicals (patina, fixative, wax, glue) along with rivets, tubes, buffing wheels, drill bits, use of my pencils and tools, and  other small items.


  • Deb Karash - Single Seat

    This is the price for non-members. Not a member? For the membership fee of $39/year, members save 8% (almost $50) on this workshop alone!

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  • Deb Karash - Wait List

    If the class is sold out, you can sign up using this option to be placed on the waiting list. This does not get you a seat in the class, but does place you on the waiting list.

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