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Plique-a-jour enameling is one of the most beautiful and intricate of the traditional enameling techniques. In plique-a-jour the enamel is fired without anything behind it, so that the light can shine through the enamel, creating a stained glass window effect.
In this class, learn several methods to create plique-a-jour framework of your own design and different approaches to firing plique a jour. Both kiln and torch firing will be covered, plique-a-jour is easier with a kiln.
- Piercing plique-a-jour patterns
- Fusing wire for a plique-a-jour pattern
- Mica, titanium, and copper foil methods of firing
- No backing building method of firing
- Plique-a-jour on curved surfaces
- Cleaning plique-a-jour enamel
- Finishing enamel pieces
- Historical and contemporary applications of the technique
- Kiln and torch firing
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..
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 6 weeks, 3 hours per week, for a total of 18 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.
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
- Plastic spoons
- Scotchbrite (green scrub pad from grocery store)
- Jar for water
- Jar for enamel run off from washing
- Torch or kiln for firing the enamels (see below for details)
- Torch firing:
- Torch- large butane or acetylene/air or propane/oxygen
- Extra butane canisters if using butane torch
- Tripod and mesh screen or Fire brick
- Kiln firing:
- Kiln such as a Paragon SC2
- Mesh firing rack
- Firing fork
- Bench pin
- 1mm drill bit
- Flexshaft or Dremel
- Saw frame
- 2/0 or 3/0 or 4/0 saw blades
- Needle file set of 6
- Sandpaper- 320,400,600 grits
- Mallet- plastic or rawhide
- Half round/flat forming pliers
- Diamond pad files
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.
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Students should be proficient with basic jewelry skills- drilling, piercing/sawing, soldering, and polishing. Previous enamel experience is recommended but not required.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA
Jenn Parnell Kirkpatrick