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The term champlevé comes from the French word for "field". In champlevé enameling, open "fields" or cells are created in the metal using a variety of methods including etching and sawing. These cells are filled with colored enamel that is melted and fused to create a smooth surface with distinct delineations between the metal and enamel. This technique is ideal for bold and illustrative imagery.
Champleve technique has been used through the ages dating back well over a millenia, and continues to be a standard in enamelwork today. Students will learn about both the historical and contemporary applications of champleve and will be able to adapt this skill to their own aesthetic.
Exploring color and pattern, various methods of creating the cells, students will bring color into their work! Champleve from imagination through to the finished piece and all the steps in between are covered, with many adaptations along the way.
What’s covered in this class?
- History of champleve enamel technique
- What is enamel?
- Enamel basics- washing, wet packing, firing
- Surface manipulation- stoning, matte and glossy finishes
- Shading and graduations with color
- Layering color
- Using opaque and transparent enamels
- Etching in copper
- Pierced overlay technique
- Soldering with Eutectic solder
- Torch or kiln firing enamel
- Texturing surfaces
A kit of materials is included with this class and will be mailed to you. Please be sure that the address with your payment is the correct one for shipping..
Tools for this Class
This is a list of tools you’ll need to practice the techniques shown in class. A list of tools with recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you after registration If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.
- Decent quality round synthetic bristle paint brushes 3, 1, 0, 00
- Old magazines or glossy pages that can be destroyed
- Paper towels
- Torch- large butane, acetylene/air, or propane/oxygen
- Plastic spoons
- Kosher salt
- Duct tape
- Nail polish
- Nail polish remover
- Jar for water
- Jar for enamel run off from washing
- Tripod and mesh screen
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About Our Interactive Online Classes
This class is online and 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).
This course meets for 4 weeks, 3 hours per week, for a total of 12 hours. Your instructor is also available during free Zoom office hours for questions and help.
Each class is also recorded and available for students to watch later, to review instructions or in case you missed a class.
Students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly. We always choose the safest materials, chemicals and tools for you and the environment.
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
This class is open to beginners. There is a lot to learn in this class for any level, including intermediate students and beyond.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA
Jenn Parnell Kirkpatrick