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Enameling with Ginbari Foil with Gabrielle Castonguay (online)

Friday, March 5, 2021, 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Saturday, March 6, 2021, 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Sunday, March 7, 2021, 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)

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Cost: $525.00

Ginbari foil is an ancient enamel technique developed by Japanese artists. It is also the name of the thicker silver foil used to make one of a kind or repeated design motifs in silver. These designs show through your transparent enamels and add an extra layer of surface texture and pattern. You can also use it with cloisonné techniques.

With these thicker foils, you can create repeating sophisticated motifs by embossing it. You can create one of a kind designs in the foil to compliment your enamels. And you can push the height of the embossed lines in the foil to even use it to create cells for cloisonné without wires.

Gabrielle will introduce you to ginbari foil and show you how to master this exquisite technique to add texture and detail to your enameling.

This class requires a kiln for firing. 

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

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.

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.

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.

  • Kiln such as a Paragon SC2
  • Mesh firing rack
  • Firing fork
  • Long tweezers
  • Trivets (assorted sizes)
  • Tile or steel block for cooling pieces after firing
  • Tinted eye protection for looking into the kiln
  • Sifters- med./small 80 mesh, and 200 mesh
  • Small artist brushes - Sable- not synthetic 3/0, 1/0 and some others you have around.
  • To emboss the Ginbari foil you will need several tools/materials to play and explore:
    • Bas-reliefs
    • Embossing or texture plates with clear cut patterns
    • Pieces of jewelry with distinct raised patterns
    • Objects made of hard materials like metal, wood, hard plastic etc.
    • **One embossing texture is included in your kit**
  • A good dust mask or a respirator if you have one.
  • Tracing paper or sketchbook and colored pencils (optional)
  • Glue stick
  • Towel and or apron
  • Watercolor tray (plastic or ceramic palette) or a few plastic spoons
  • Cutting mat
  • Small brush
  • Exacto knife
  • Pieces of cardboard- will be using as a background to create patterns with wire
  • 6” x 6” Mica sheet
  • Glossy magazine pages
  • Old dish towel (okay to get dirty)
  • small 4” -6” wide water bowl (glass, metal, ceramic or sturdy plastic ok)
  • Dish soap (like Dawn)
  • ScotchBrite style scour pad
  • Alundum stone or diapad
  • Bench pin
  • Saw frame
  • 2/0 or 3/0 or 4/0 saw blades
  • Note: If you do not know how to saw, you have the option of having us cut up your metal for the class


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


Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.



Previous experience with kiln or torch enameling recommended, like successful completion of Enameling 1.

Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA


Instructor: Gabrielle Castonguay

Upcoming Schedule

No upcoming occurences at this time.

Enameling with Ginbari Foil with Gabrielle Castonguay (online)

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