Dianne  Brooks

Dianne found art after a 30-year career in corporate computer systems. Her favorite media include metal (silver and copper) and enameling, but she loves to use color to enhance the metals, so also works in lapidary (cabochons, opals and intarsia), glass fusing, polymer clay, wire, chain and beading. Her work has earned many ribbons in juried shows. She has been a student at William Holland since about 2000 has been teaching since about 2006, and takes workshops with nationally known artists. She regularly teaches all levels of silver/copper jewelry, enameling, and chain in Southwest Florida. Motto: Imagine it, make it, wear it and bask in the compliments. See her work at dianne-brooks.pixels.com

Class List

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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 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 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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