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Join Aurelie Guillaume as she pushes the ancient art of cloisonne enamels into groundbreaking territory. Cloisonné is often used for small jewelry, but its precise lines and forms hold incredible potential for graphic, illustrative, whimsical, and narrative work. With cloisonné wire we will “draw” and create patterns, adding color and detail with ink pens, various underglazes, and bold, opaque colors. We will also troubleshoot the technical issues of these complex pieces.
**Note: This class requires a kiln. No torch firing for this class. **
- How to prepare a piece of copper to apply cloisonné on top
- How to shape and bend cloisonné wire for a perfect fit to your design
- Wet packing
- Various finishing techniques (grinding and sanding )
- Using underglaze and metallic lusters for surface design
- Various tips and tricks for problem solving your cloisonné piece (taking care of bubbles and cracks, design consideration etc.)
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).
This course meets for 2 days, 2.5 hour sessions morning and afternoon each day with a break in between, for a total of 10 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.
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.
**This class requires a kiln, no torch firing for this class. **
- Mesh firing rack
- Firing fork
- Old magazines or glossy pages that can be destroyed
- Paper towels (no brown paper, no toilet paper, no tissue, no fabric)
- Jar for water
- Jar for enamel run off from washing
- 80 mesh sifter SM-2
- 8 (or more) colors of Opaque enamels, approx. 1 oz each
- Small ceramic plate (like a dessert plate or bathroom floor tile, something smooth made of ceramic)
- Klyrfire A-1
- Lavender oil
- Trivet TP-275 or similar size
- Heat protective gloves
- Precision tweezers
- Glass brush or similar
- If you have a flexshaft or dremel:
- 3M diamond velcro disc set
- Set of Diamond burs or similar
- If you do not have a flexshaft/dremel:
- Diamond Hand Polishing Pads- 200, 400, and 800 grits
- Chain nose pliers
- Round nose pliers
- Half round/flat forming pliers
- Fine tip sharp scissors or cutters
- Flat hand file
- Dawn blue dish soap
- Fine pumice powder
- Fine tip sharpie
- Dust mask
- Old toothbrush
- Paint stick or some sort of wood piece- large enough to hold your metal but narrow enough so you can easily grab the piece from underneath
- Safety glasses
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 have a basic enameling skills such as: cleaning metal, sifting, countering, know about the different tools, how to properly fire a piece etc. They should also have a basic to intermediate knowledge of metal working (sawing, filing, polishing etc.). We will be using pliers and tweezers to bend wire so dexterity and attention to details are important.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA