If you’re looking at new options for artistic expression,
Or are a metal artist, considering adding to your repertoire,
And though curious, you’re not sure where to begin…
Reading my guide may be your first step in a rewarding and inspiring journey.
Learning a new medium may have been the last thing on your mind,
I get it.
When my neighbor gave me an old sawmill blade in the early ’90s,
My days were already full, sculpting clay, wood, and stone.
But looking at that round and rusty canvas,
I knew I couldn’t pass it by.
During my second failed experiment, I saw the heat colors run.
And I was absolutely hooked,
Only to find out through trial and error,
There’s a lot more to heat colored steel engraving than showing up in the studio with a grinder and a big torch.
Hi, I’m Jeff Dean. I’m creating an online course to help artists master a metal art technique I happened upon nearly 30 years ago.
Heat Colored Steel Engraving is a singular medium displaying visual effects impossible to achieve with other materials.
Unlike pigments, heat colors patina the steel while retaining its dynamic qualities.
Since few artists are tapping its full potential,
Heat Colored Steel Engraving offers an awesome opportunity to stand out in the crowd.
The course is still in production.
For now, I can offer you my Free 5-Step Guide ‘How to Make Heat Colored Steel Engravings.’
The guide takes you through the entire process using photos and practical tips to get you started.
And you’ll be on the waitlist so when the course is ready, you’ll have the option to join the beta launch with a special introductory discount.
The Art of Heat Colored Steel Engraving
A Self-Paced, Step-By-Step Course for professional artists and hobbyists who want to strike up the torch and ‘Run the Colors.’
The course includes EVERYTHING you’ll need to become confident, capable, and innovative, using the full spectrum of effects and techniques to make heat colored steel engravings in your artistic style.
I’ve organized each Module into focused lessons featuring video demonstrations supported by a written workbook complete with explanations, key takeaways, and action points.
In The Art of Heat Colored Steel Engraving, we’ll dive deep into the five key steps I follow to make my artwork.
You will learn in a matter of weeks, things it took me years to discover.
Not only will you get a firm grasp of the fundamentals, but you’ll also stretch the limits of your imagination when it comes to their implementation.
And when you begin making your art, You’ll be poised for success.
The first time I offer The Art of Heat Colored Steel Engraving course,
I’ll be limiting enrollment to the first 30 Artists who register, and giving them a Reduced Introductory Price.
So whether you’d be ready to start today, or need some time to think,
Download the guide and get on the waitlist so you can learn more and have a chance to participate in this special offer,
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"Fortunate is anyone that has the opportunity to study art with Jeff!"‘I took a clay modeling class with Jeff a few years ago and remember feeling pure enjoyment and inspiration. Jeff had a clear format to follow and interesting exercises that introduced us to the clay. Jeff models artful living and his classes are yet another example of this. Fortunate is anyone that has the opportunity to study art with Jeff!’ • Clay Sculpture Class, 2016
If you could envision just one of your past works as a heat colored steel engraving, which would you choose?
Here are a few of the things you will learn:
• The must-have feature to incorporate into your setup so you can work efficiently and avoid unintended results
• Innovative, low-cost solutions to get you started on almost any budget
• How to adapt or upgrade your current shop (or create a simple workspace so you can give it a try)
• The nine critical factors for consistently achieving even the most fleeting colors
• My go-to tactic for getting an even color, two situations where it may be insufficient on its own, and what you can do instead
• How to choose the best tool, bit, speed, and pressure to convey the desired character of each line you draw in the best possible way.
• The roundabout solution I seldom go without so engraving the most demanding curves feels effortless and natural.
• The unexpected benefit you get by engraving the drawing that you won’t find in other media.
• I’ll show you how to take your mark-making repertoire to a whole new level, so you are innovative and resourceful with every abrasive, and can best portray your subject matter.
• How to suggest movement, form, transparency, and depth, so your art takes full advantage of the media’s dynamic qualities
• Why there’s more to grinding textures than merely getting to bare metal, and when you do this one thing, unsightly surprises become a thing of the past.
• The little-known process for creating sophisticated color effects (that only you will know how to reproduce)
• How to save loads of time and money by merely knowing what type of steel to use
• The real reason so many metal artists struggle to get specific heat colors and three things you can do to ensure your success
• My secret solution for drawing on steel (This one took me years to discover), so your design looks exactly how you want before you commit it to posterity.
• An often overlooked factor you should always be sure of before clear-coating your artwork
• The one thing you must always consider when planning your work to avoid working yourself into a corner.
• A Bonus Module that introduces cutting-edge techniques for unleashing a world of possibilities for making your art.
• A resource guide full of recommendations and links for tools and abrasives. So you can get started right away (without having to succumb to the dreaded internet search syndrome)
• Access to the private online group where you can get answers to your questions and share your progress with like-minded people during the course experience.
The course is hosted on a mobile-friendly platform so you can review each Lesson in the comfort of your studio.
"He exceeded the expectations of all involved in the project."• Through Your Spotting Scope "Jeff Dean was a pleasure to work with and provided an exceptional piece of artwork months ahead of schedule. His website was used to provide real-time updates, detailing every step of the process. I was most impressed with his ability to collaborate with the client and design artwork which synergized with the vision and purpose of the Interpretive Center facility. He exceeded the expectations of all involved in the project."
"His engaging nature and strong talent held the students attention throughout the classes."• Artists in Schools Residency, 1978
"…exemplifying a true quest for knowledge."• Artists in Schools Residency, 1984 "… Jeff demonstrates enthusiasm in his sculpture pursuits, problem solving skills, and a willingness to accept responsibility.
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No worries. You may have to tool up and have a slightly longer learning curve as you become familiar with the tools, but the Art of Heat Colored Steel Engraving course will walk you step-by-step through the process. In my experience, art is all about putting a little on, and taking a little off, until we get it just right. It’s the same with any medium. The skills we develop working with one material will often translate to the next.
I’m planning to have the course ready in the fall of 2020. I’ll keep you posted with an updated ETA.
Modules will be released weekly, giving you time to implement what you learn in each Lesson and practice until you are satisfied with the results. After you watch each video, you can review the workbook and complete each action step. And if you have a question or need support, I’ll be available in the free Heat Colored Steel Engraving Community Facebook group.
Access to the course content is unlimited. The Community Facebook Group will be active during the eight weeks of the course.
It’s a self-paced, eight-week course. I’ve divided each Module into easy to consume lessons. Plan to block out a minimum of a few hours a week to practice and implement what you learn.
The essential tools are a flexible shaft, or pneumatic die grinder, a selection of abrasives, and a propane torch. An angle grinder or even an orbital sander is also handy to have. I made the vast majority of my early engravings using only a Foredom flexible shaft grinder with a straight handpiece. The scale of your work will determine the size of the torch you need. (If you’re on a tight budget, you’ll find a good selection of used equipment on eBay.) You will also need a selection of small rectangular sheet steel blanks. These can be cut by your steel supplier, or with a metal cutting jigsaw or plasma cutter, or shear.
I’m creating the course for both beginning and experienced metal artists.
Yes. I’ve included a section in the Setting Up Shop Module just for you. I’ll give you examples of ways to create a simple workspace in your home, a garage, or a covered outdoor area. Your particular situation may affect the scale of work you can produce. Still, you can make beautiful work even with limited space. You will need a well-ventilated area free of flammables for heat coloring.
As with any medium, you can adapt it to almost any style of art. Once you understand the fundamentals, it becomes second nature to find ways to use a new medium to enhance and complement our artistic vision.
Yes, I’ll be available during the eight-week course to answer your questions in the free Heat Colored Steel Engraving Community Facebook group.
Since you’ll be working with power tools, sharp edges, and fire, it’s important to do it safely. I’ll go over general safety considerations throughout the course. Still, it is your responsibility to read, understand, and follow your tools’ safety instructions and to wear personal protective equipment.
Thanks for your interest in heat colored steel engraving!
If you’ve read this far, you’re probably already imagining how great your art will look in heat colored steel.
If you’re a self-learner (with a lot of extra time for trial and error), you could just download my free guide and get started today.
But, I’ve learned a few things over the years about heat coloring and making metal wall art, and if I’d had the opportunity to learn what I know in eight weeks, I’d have jumped at it.
All that’s left to do now is take action.
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