Enameling

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Enameling I - Dianne Brooks
Marry glass with copper silver, providing a range of design with color that can be as controlled or serendipitous as you want. Lead-free enamels used will include opaque, transparent and watercolor. Basic techniques include dry-sifting and wet-packing, sgraffito, stenciling, texturing for basse-taille, inclusions, kiln firing and safety. Enameling tools and supplies will be provided for your use. Lab fee will include handouts, enamels, supplies, tool usage and metals for five projects. Additional materials and supplies can be purchased from the instructor. A few basic metalworking tools will be available for use, but since our focus is on enamels and not metalworking, we will use mostly simple pre-cut metal forms. You may also bring previously etched, fold-formed or previously fired silver PMC.

Lab Fee: $100.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-$100
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None

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Enameling I - Samantha Lazzaro
We will start by learning kiln and tool safety, as well as how to anneal, texture, and clean copper before enameling, then begin the basic enameling techniques. Additional techniques include wet packing, sgraffito, watercolor paintings, wire inlay, enamel pendants with stones, separation enamels, and use of rubber stamps; more possible depending on interest. Lab fee includes a class kit with all enamel colors, jewel lumps and enamel threads, as well as different copper shapes, copper sheet, and wire to use for the projects. Additional copper pieces, tools, findings and enamels will be available for purchase.

Lab Fee: $150.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None

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Enameling II - Christina
If you have some experience with Enameling and you want to expand your Enameling skills, this class might just be for you! This is not a very structured class, you’ll let me know what you would like to accomplish and we’ll take it from there. We’ll offer classics like Cloisonne and Champleve, besides many other techniques like Basse-Taille, Sgraffito, Paints, Liquid Enamels, Crackle and Separation Enamels. (Did you notice that you are also learning French and Italian at the same time?) You will get a deeper understanding of the uses and individual properties of transparent, opaque, liquid and Specialty Enamels. We’ll also address aspects of design challenges and color choices, and if time allows, we will experiment with torch firing. If there is enough interest, we could make simple Copper Settings for your Creations. But foremost: we’ll have fun doing the things we love to do!

Lab Fee: $120.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0 – $50
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: : Basic knowledge and some practical Enameling experience

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Enameling II - Dianne Brooks
Take your enameling skills to the next level. You will learn advanced techniques such as cloisonné, champlevé, and plique-a-jour. We will focus on wet-packing transparent enamels, lead-free enamels on silver. Good piercing and soldering skills will be required for some of these methods. Enameling tools will be provided for your use.

Lab Fee: $150.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-$100
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: Prerequisite…………Silver I (Silver-soldering and Piercing. Enameling I (not enameling on PMC)

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Enameling III - Dianne Brooks
This class is for experienced enamellists who want to stretch their skills beyond where they are. In an open studio format, you will be expected to come with design plans. You may pre-fabricate some if you wish. Rather than lectures on techniques you already know, I will help you work on your projects that will stretch you with techniques beyond your basic skills. You may pre-fabricate some complex pieces such as for champlevé or plique a jour. We will work some with leaded enamels to get those exquisite luminous colors. Other techniques we might explore are painting, pen and ink, raku, separation, crackle. Please bring your favorite hand tools to work with. I will have silver and some copper for purchase in the class. Lab fee will cover silver for three projects and enamels, supplements, and other supplies.

Lab Fee: $175.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-$100
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: Enamel I from at least two different instructors (not just workshops) and an Enamel II Class Proficiency in piercing (sawing) soldering and/or fusing

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