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This class with Anat, author of Enameling Made Easy, will teach you a lot about the art of enameling! Enamels have been used to bring glorious color to jewelry for thousands 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 online interactive Zoom class 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. If you only have a torch (Blazer Big Shot) you will be able to do everything. 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 anintimate 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 decals, rubber stamps and stencils to create detailed imagery in glass.
A kit of materials is included with this class. Registered students receive a class kit by mail, shipped to the address used for registration. Please be sure to contact us at the time of registration with any updates re: where you want your kit shipped.
A handout is included with the class. A pdf of the handout is sent to students before the first day of class.
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 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.
Dust mask, like an N95 or similar
Sifter 80 mesh
Blazer Big Shot Butane torch (to torch fire your enamels instead of using a kiln)
2 Blazer Butane canisters
Tile or old baking sheet
If you will be using a Kiln these are necessary as well as the above:
Firing racks (2)
Tile or scrap piece of marble
Tinted safety glasses for the kiln
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
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).
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.
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Open to all levels. Beginners welcome! No previous experience necessary.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA