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Decals and Transfers with Pat Nelson (online)

Saturday, April 10, 2021, 10:00AM - 1:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Sunday, April 11, 2021, 10:00AM - 1:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Saturday, April 17, 2021, 10:00AM - 1:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Sunday, April 18, 2021, 10:00AM - 1:00PM PT (Pacific Time)

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Cost: $525.00

Join Pat Nelson for an in-depth study of using decals with enamel! In this workshop you will learn how to work with premade commercial decals, as well as learning how to make your own! Pat will take you through the unique abilities and attributes of each style of decal- from commercial, silkscreened, laser printed black, and full color digital decals- a journey from the technology of yesterday through tomorrow!
For each style of decal, you will learn how to prepare, apply, and fire them successfully. Then we move into what else you can do with them creatively!
Samples of each style of decal are included with the kit for this class, and Pat will also talk about where to obtain and create the different types.
The second half of the class will be devoted to “breaking the rules”, how to overlap decals, apply enamels on top of fired decals, removing some of the decal surfaces and generally handling decals in free and even painterly methods.

Techniques covered include:

  • Preparation of commercially printed decals for transfer
  • How to transfer commercial, screenprinted, laser printed, and digitally printed decals.
  • How to fire all types of decals including detailed temperature information.
  • Overview on how to create your own screens
  • How to print laser printed decals
  • Preparing artwork for digital printing
  • Using decals effectively with enamels- firings, color selection, etc.
  • Overlapping decals
  • Multiple firing with decals
  • Working the surface of the decals after transfer
  • Adapting decals to your own style and aesthetic of enamelling.

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

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 4 sessions, 3 hours per session, for a total of 12 hours. 

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.

  • Variety of Transparent and Opaque Enamels
  • 6-8 Pre enameled tiles or copper shapes approx. 2” square- flat or low dome.
  • Kiln
  • Mesh firing rack
  • Firing fork
  • Old magazines or glossy pages that can be destroyed
  • Trivets
  • Heat protective gloves or similar
  • CHEAP toaster oven
  • Assortment of Brushes in a variety of sizes- Including a small pointed tip detail brush (0, 2/0, or 3/0)
  • Sifters- 100 and 150 mesh
  • Scriber or other pointed needle tool
  • Precision tweezers
  • Small sharp pointed scissors
  • Container for water
  • Rubber or plastic rib
  • Golden OPEN Acrylic Gel Medium, matte or gloss
  • Paper towels
  • Drawing supplies including paper and pencil
  • Dust mask
  • Alundum stone or 3M Diapads for grinding
  • Klyrfire A-1
    • If you will be enameling domed forms you will also need a Fine Mist sprayer or Preval sprayer
  • Lint free Paper towels
  • Scotch brite (green scrub pad from grocery store)
  • Dawn dish detergent
  • Bowl for soaking decals
  • Tray or aluminum foil to rest pieces on for the baking process
  • A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class

Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.



 Basic enamel sifting and firing experience.

Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA


Instructor: Pat Nelson

Upcoming Schedule

No upcoming occurences at this time.

Decals and Transfers with Pat Nelson (online)

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