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Metal Clay and Enameling

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Create wonderful fine silver jewelry pieces with shimmering enamel color with simple tools.

Metal clay is fantastic - shape your design in clay, then fire it to remove the binder, revealing solid fine silver. Create texture and designs that can be enameled with beautiful colored glass.

Enameling is firing glass on metal. Use brilliant transparent enamels to add color to your designs and over texture.

Arlene and Anat will demonstrate these two techniques that combine to create colorful pieces of silver jewelry.

In the first part of this class you’ll learn to texturize and shape metal clay into unique jewelry pieces and then fire it with a torch or kiln into pure solid metal. Metal clay can be rolled, pressed or molded to create the perfect base for the colorful enameling process.

Design and create two to three pieces of jewelry, then discover how to create beautiful color through a variety of enameling techniques. Anat will demonstrate how to choose and apply enamels. You’ll use a simple, home friendly butane kitchen torch to fire both your metal clay and the enamels.

Techniques taught:
• Basics of working with metal clay
• Texturing metal clay
• Torch firing metal clay
• Basics of enameling
• Torch firing enamel on metal clay

 

This course is available as an in-person workshop or live online class, and as a 1 day workshop or a  2 day class. 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.

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.

A handout is included with the class. A pdf of the handout is sent to students before the first day of class.

 

Tools.
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)

  • Enameling
    • Big Shot butane torch
    • Blazer butane
    • Sifter 80 mesh
    • Trivet - enameling.com
    • Fire brick -(This is the recommended surface for enameling and will also work for firing your metal clay.)
    • Steel curved tweezers
    • 12"x12" tile for underneath the firebrick 
  • Metal Clay
    • Art Clay Syringe with tip (5 grams)
    • Fine Point Paint brush
    • Non-stick work surface
    • Acrylic Roller
    • Short Bristle Steel Brush
    • Acrylic work surface
    • Needle tool
    • Set of Files
    • Airtight container for clay
    • Texture mat
    • Template
    • Burnishing tool
    • Hot Plate or cup warmer, or hair dryer. 
    • Deck of playing cards
    • Brownie baking pan
    • Emory board (nail files)
    • Metric ruler
    • Olive oil
    • Bamboo skewer stick

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

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 instructors are 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.

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. 


Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.

 

Prerequisites:

This class is open to all levels - beginners welcome!

Please view the calendar to find a workshop date for this class