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
Prerequisites: None

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Enameling I - Patricia Hart
This class includes discussions, demonstrations, and experiences with enamel studio basics, safety, use of the kiln, selection and preparation of metals, safe use of enamel powders and other materials, troubleshooting and good record keeping. We will be using the elements and principles of design relative to the creation of wearable art/jewelry. My teaching approach is to expose you to various techniques through samples & demonstrations then allow you to choose what you would like to do. Techniques included are: sgraffito, copper and fine silver wire as design elements, simple wire Cloisonné, drawing, painting, stenciling and crackle enamel.

Lab Fee: $110.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $10+
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+
Prerequisites: None

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Enameling II - Christiana Taglepietra
In this class we will cover some classical like cloisonné’ besides many other techniques such as basse-taille, Mosaic sgraffito, Liquid Enamels, Enamels Paints, stencils, crackle and separation. We will get into a more detailed knowledge of materials, especially of transparent and opaque Enamels. We will also address design challenges and use of colors. The lab fee covers everything to complete at least five projects. Additional materials will be available for purchase. Payment for the lab fee and other items can be paid by cash or check.

Lab Fee: $120.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-$50
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge and some practical experience in enameling procedures.

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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
Prerequisites: Silver I (Silver-soldering and Piercing), Enameling I (not enameling on PMC)

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Enameling II - Patricia Hart
This class is your opportunity to practice and further develop your skills and learn to combine techniques taught in Enameling 1 Plus. New techniques covered will be traditional Cloisonné, using transparent enamels and fine silver foil; basse-taille using the rolling mill and chasing/texturing tools; and enameling simple sawed shapes and folded forms, which you create in class. As usual, you will have the choice to apply any or all of these more advanced techniques. You will also learn to attach bails to your work before enameling by soldering fine silver or copper wire using a butane torch.

Lab Fee: $120.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-$10
Prerequisites: Enameling 1 Plus or an Enameling Basic class.

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Enameling II - Samantha Lazzaro
We will start with a review of basic enameling techniques and then move into acid-etching copper and using etching as a texture, as a guide for painting, or enamel parts and leave copper to polish. You will be shown how to enamel vintage red brass pieces, rivet pieces together to make a ring, and enamel on silver leaf. More techniques are 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, wire and red brass pieces to use for the projects. Additional metal pieces, tools, findings and enamels will be available for purchase.

Lab Fee: $150.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: Recent Enameling I

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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
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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