All posts filed under: Exploring New Techniques

New techniques I’m using in the shop, or have recently discovered and hope to apply soon.

The First Half of a Westward Adventure

Last week my family and I flew from Florida to Arizona to de-install Lift, and have ourselves a little family vacation out west.  The first half of our travels were dedicated to boxing up and shipping the installation. This sculpture was the first time I’d shown […]

Traditional Blacksmithing with Juan Holbrook

This summer has been full of learning! Because the shop hasn’t been packed full of giant projects I’ve been able to dabble in new techniques and teach lots of  workshops to others, but I’ve also had the opportunity to learn from a fellow smith who’s […]

Special Workshop Offers

From July 7th – 20th enjoy some special savings!   Sign up for a blacksmithing workshop with a friend for only $45 each! OR Attend an aluminum etching workshop this Saturday at Bead All About It and receive $5 off your $48 registration! email LeslieTharpDesigns@gmail.com […]

Make your own Etched Aluminum Jewelry!

Now introducing…… Etched Jewelry Workshops! Make your own aluminum pendant and earring set using this unique etching process! These fun jewelry making workshops will be held at Bead All About It located in the Thornbrook Village and taught by Leslie Tharp. Workshops last approximately 2 […]

This Week’s Blacksmithing Classes

This is a fun week in the shop with lots of blacksmithing workshops being offered! Sign up individually for $55 or with a friend for $100. If you sign up as a group of 4 you can choose your own time and workshop topic. Exciting! […]

Wire Works – Free Workshop Happening Tonight!

Join me tonight for this hands on workshop in collaboration with Creative for Health and Art Lab. This workshop is funding through a grant from the LIVESTRONG foundation and is free to attend. Wire Works will be a hands-on wire sculpting workshop exploring the nature […]

Aerial – A New Collection Release

Announcing the first in my new collection Aerial. My new collection of hot air balloon inspired forged and etched aluminum pendants has just been released to my Etsy Shop! Inspired by Lift and created first for my very special Kickstarter backers, this unique collection of […]

Full of Color

Time for powder! Time for what? Once the sculpture was finished being built it was time to get it powder coated. Most of my exterior sculptures are powder coated to prevent water damage and rusting. This type of finish is long lasting, eco friendly, and […]

A New Way of Weaving

I’ve just returned from Arizona and am happy to announce Lift is complete and has been installed in Scottsdale! Thanks to you, the Scottsdale Public Art Program, and many friends who lent a hand at the end, we did it! I’d hoped to coordinate a […]

Balloons Being Built

It’s been a wild January and my shop is teeming with materials, in all stages of configuration. I’ve dragged my feet on updating you until I had some really good photos to share. Of course I wish I was sharing some “Hey look! I put […]