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Virtual Passports Workshop: Making Gold Wires with Giovanni Corvaja(SNAG Member) July 18 10:00am-12:30pm ET 2021

Virtual Passports Workshop: Making Gold Wires

with Giovanni Corvaja
Virtual One day Demonstration Workshop using the Zoom Platform
July 18 | Time: 10:00a.m. - 12:30p.m. ET
For me, transforming gold into an invisible fibre is an addictive process. It has started very simply with the curiosity of seeing how it is drawing down a piece of wire to the smallest hole of the draw plate and then, over the years finding a way to make thinner and thinner wires. I studied how it is done industrially, how those processes can be adapted to alloyed gold, platinum or silver, how, on a low budget, we can attain fibre in a small scale workshop. My research was driven both by the curiosity of making a new material and by the necessity, to attain that material to give shape to the objects that I had in mind.
During the 2 and a half hour workshop I will explain, and show how to handle a long thin wire, I will tell about the main issues that one can find. I will explain how I overcame those problems and, out of the many solution which I found most suitable
We will also talk about the advantages of making our own wire,  the differences between various materials (gold, silver, platinum and their alloys) we will talk about the tools, I will give some information on who can supply small draw-dies and think about the most cost effective equipment.
Given the time and distance, I will mix live demonstrations with some pre-recorded short videos and slides. It will be an interactive workshop, questions are welcome.
*This workshop is purely demonstration-based*
 * SNAG Membership verified upon registration


  • Participants must have the ZOOM video platform downloaded on a computer or phone. It’s easy! Download here.
  • Participants must have reliable internet access and a computer or phone with sound recording and web-cam capabilities to participate.
  • Once registered, students will receive a video meeting code along with simple ZOOM instructions.
  • Please see the suggested materials list here.
  • Features live demonstration and the ability to ask questions. Participants will have access via Zoom to view the recorded demonstration one month.
  • Workshop fees are non-refundable but are transferrable with a $25 transfer fee.