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Two days with Anat, author of Enameling Made Easy, will teach you more about enameling than you thought was possible! Enamels have been used to bring glorious color to jewelry for hundreds of years. Fired glass can be added to fabricated or cast jewelry, and brings your designs to vivid life. It all starts with the basics. This retreat includes techniques like the basics of kiln and torch fired enameling, torch safety, stenciling with enamels, sgraffito, stamping designs and even using decals to embed images.
This enameling class introduces both kiln firing and torch firing. Using a kiln provides a stable environment of heat to surround your pieces as you fire the glass enamel onto metal. But a kiln isn't the only way to enamel. Use a home friendly butane cooking torch to fire enamel. Torch firing is safe and provides and intimate vision of the stages of fusion that enamels go through. Sign up today and let Anat share her passion for enameling with you.
Beyond the basics of choosing enamels, sifting and firing, this class also introduces several techniques for embellishing your work. Sgraffito is the technique of drawing designs in your enamels. Stencils allow for precise shapes and patterns to be sifted in place. Anat will also demonstrate how you can use rubber stamps and paper stencils to create detailed imagery in glass.
Price includes a kit of all the materials required to make the projects for class.
Each student has their own assigned jewelry bench and a complete set of tools to use during class.
Workshop includes information on how to set up to enamel safely in a home studio. And as always, our classes include use of magnified, live views of the demonstrations for enhanced learning and full color information filled handouts for each student.
Open to all levels. Beginners welcome! No previous experience necessary.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA