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This workshop will explore the creation of dimensional pieces, problem-solving to enable the piece to be set, and then enameling the piece using a torch. When you use a torch to enamel, rather than a kiln, there are many styles of pieces that can be enameled, even after soldering. Equal weight will be given during class to planning, forming/creating the piece in metal, and then enameling.
• ways of containing the heat so the enamels will flow and preserve the soldered seams
• preparation of metal, including forming, folding, soldering
• use of liquid, powdered, and other enamels to determine which is best suited for each application
• different approaches to firing based on the size and shape of the piece
• different ways of seeing/thinking/planning for more unusual setting/mounting options
• planning each step before enameling begins
If time and desire permits:
• exploration of enamel techniques, including: sgraffito, graphite, acid-etching, painting, sugar-firing, etc.
THE OBJECTIVES/INTENDED OUTCOMES
• enable students of enameling to be able to continue to torch-fire at home after the class.
• present new information about torch-firing, soldering, and/or enameling techniques that they may not have in their skill sets.
• explain/demo how to solder or form their pieces to survive torch-firing
• new ways to think about creative settings for pieces
• Inspire more people to pursue the art of enameling, generate enthusiasm, and increase the dialogue around the art-form, even if they choose to use their skills with a kiln.
• Help each student with their creative vision
• Learn from each other. Everyone has something to teach.
A kit fee of $7 is payable to the instructor and is due first day of class.
Other materials and use of tools included. Each student has their own bench, equipped with a flex shaft and soldering station, and a complete set of tools, to use during class.
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Previous experience with enameling recommended, such as Enameling 1 or In the Heat of the Moment: Torch Fired Enameling with Anne Havel. Previous experience with jewelry fabrication skills, like soldering, will allow for more flexibility in design, and is highly recommended, but not required.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA