Mittler Bros Metal Working and Bead Rolling Classes
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All Classes are held at Mittler Bros Facility in Wright City, MO. All skill levels are welcome to attend. Class sizes are limited to 10 people and are booked on a first come first served basis. Classes are held over a 2-day period with typical hours of 9am – 5pm. Your cost of admission includes all materials required for the class, lunch both days and dinner Saturday night. A block of hotel rooms will be reserved at a local hotel, but the student is responsible for placing a deposit with the hotel ahead of time and paying the balance upon check-in. The cost for the class is $1,000.00 per student. A non-refundable deposit of $100.00 is required at time of booking to secure your spot in the class. The balance is due 4 weeks prior to the class date. In the event the balance is not paid by the due date, your spot may be forfeited.
Bead Rolling with Andy McCoy
April 22 - 23
- Background on Andy McCoy’s bead rolling journey and a discussion with the students or their goals and objectives for the class
- Introduction to the bead rolling machine, its functions, and safety
- Setting up the bead roller and choosing the appropriate dies for your project
- Introduction to bead rolling a firewall or other components of street rods
- Hands-on: Bead rolling basics: pressure control, speed, and direction of travel by bead rolling borders on both aluminum and steel to show how different metals react and how to avoid warping
- How to bead roll just about any image and finding artwork that you can bead roll
- Hands-on: Projecting and drawing artwork onto metal without being an artist
- Hands-on: Using the tipping die
- Hands-on bead rolling of your artwork where we work on how to determine what should be raised and what should be lower. I call this process perception since it is giving the perception of depth in the metal.
- Q&A with class
- Review of day 1 material
- Hands-on: Bead rolling of your artwork continues with personalized guidance on the process of perception.
- How to make metal frames for your artwork
- Metal frames continued
- Using and installing smash rivets in your artwork
- Layout and design considerations for rivets
- Q&A and review of the workshop
Throughout the workshop, students can work on their own projects and receive personalized guidance and feedback from the instructor. The workshop aims to give students a comprehensive understanding of the bead-rolling machine and the techniques needed to successfully create professional-quality bead rolled projects.