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Sifters! Sifters! Sifters!

Saturday, December 4, 2021, 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)

Online Class

Cost: $175.00

Sifting, sifting, sifting! Sifting is one of the main ways of applying enamel to metal in preparation for firing, and sifters are one of the first tools an enamelist gets.

However, one size doesn't fit all! 

Have you ever asked yourself which sifters to use when you start an enameled project or why are there so many different types of sifters: 40, 60, 80, 100, 150, 200, and 325 Meshes? Why so many choices?

Join Gabrielle Castonguay in this one day workshop on everything you ever wanted to know about sifters! Gabrielle will guide you through how to create your own sifters, exactly right for what you need! Nothing is more satisfying to work with a tool we’ve made ourselves for our artistic and technical needs.

The use of various meshes while sifting enamel will be discussed and examples of the arrays of applications and possibilities will be shown and practiced in class.


This course is available as a live online class.


Recordings of class.
If a class is online, or is a combination online and in-person session, all students receive a link to a recording of the class demonstrations. In-person only workshops are not recorded.


Tools Required for Online Students
This is a list of tools online students need to practice the techniques shown in class. (in-person students have tools to use at school)

A list of tools with links to recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you after registration. If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.

  • Brushes
  • Piece of 80, 100, or 150 mesh
  • 3" diameter PVC pipe
  • Soldering iron
  • Sifters: small 80 mesh, medium 60, 80, 150, and 200 mesh
  • Tools for mark-making
  • Tweezers
  • Dust mask
  • Stamps and stencils
  • Towel or apron
  • Watercolor tray or plastic spoons
  • Glossy magazine pages
  • Klyrfire
  • Assorted enamel colors (80 mesh)
  • 6 2"x2" copper sqaures
  • If torch firing: Torch, extra fuel, tripod and mesh or firebrick 
  • If kiln firing: Kiln, friring fork, and mesh firing rack

A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class

Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.

About Our Interactive Online Classes
If this class is offered online, it uses the Zoom app/website. Through Zoom, you’ll be able to see demos and follow instructions, ask questions and interact with your instructor. Zoom is easy to use and free for students to use for class, and works on most devices, like phones (iphone, Android, etc), tablets (iPads, etc), and computers (Mac or PC).

Online students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly. Links to preferred vendors are provided in the supplies list sent after registration

Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.



Enameling 1 or equivalent experience required. Students should be familiar with basic sifting and firing for enamels. 

Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA


Instructor: Gabrielle Castonguay

Upcoming Schedule

Date & Times Register
Sat. Dec 4, 10AM - 5PM PT (Pacific Time)

Online Class

Sifters! Sifters! Sifters!

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