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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
This course is available as an in-person workshop or live online class, and as a 6 week course or 3 day workshop. Please check this page for times and formats available.
A kit of materials is included with this class.
Online students will have kits mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class.
Please review our COVID-19 guidelines for in-person students.
For the health and safety our staff and students, students are required to show proof of vaccination and to wear masks when attending classes at our school. If you can’t meet these requirements, we invite you to take the online version of this class instead, if available. Please visit our COVID-19 Updates page for more information.
Recordings of class.
If a class is online, or is a combination online and in-person session, all students receive a link to a recording of the class demonstrations. In-person only workshops are not recorded.
Classes at our school include use of tools, with each student having their own bench to use during class. Online students will need to have their own tools (see the list of tools below). Feel free to contact us with any questions.
Tools Required for Online Students
This is a list of tools online students need to practice the techniques shown in class. (in-person students have tools to use at school)
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.
- 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
About Our Interactive Online Classes
If this class is offered online, it 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).
Your instructor is also available during free Zoom office hours for questions and help.
Online students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly. Links to preferred vendors are provided in the supplies list sent after registration.
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