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Reticulation and Granulation


Harold O'Connor


Saturday - Sunday
May 20-21, 2023
10:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT

2 Day Workshop


Class Description

Reticulation is the process of creating “mountains and valleys”, structures or patterns in metal surfaces. By heating specially prepared metal sheets with various torches, the semi-melted metal flows toward the flame. Surfaces created in this manner bring “life” to the metal surface.

This workshop will cover:

  • Discussion and creation of metal shapes suitable for reticulation

  • Preparing the metal through depletion gilding

  • Manipulation of the metal during the heating process

  • Various torches used to create certain design patterns

  • Forming reticulated metals into 3D forms

  • Integration, patination, and repair of reticulated metals

Granulation is an ancient method of surface embellishment that has seen a rebirth in the last century. Its appeal is the surface patterns, which are created through applying various size metal granules producing designs of geometric or abstract nature.

Students will learn:

  • Making small snips in metal

  • Making a special flux for adhering the granules to metal

  • Applying beads to metal surfaces

  • Consideration of various methods of granulation

  • Fusing granules to metal, how to repair them if not completely fired

  • How to finish a work, patination and repair, if needed

  • Consideration in combining granulation with other techniques

QUESTIONS?  Please contact Artist Assistant Piper Espey at


A recording of the workshop will be  available to all participants for 30 days following the workshop.


Intermediate metalsmithing skills

Materials, Supplies & Tools

CLICK HERE to order your reticulation silver. Orders must be received by May 5th.

See the supply list for the full list of tools and supplies required for this workshop.

Supply List_Harold O'Connor
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Class Dates

May 20, 2023
May 21, 2023

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