This one day workshop is an introduction to the world of vitreous enamelling. You will learn to apply dry powdered glass enamels onto a copper base. Find out how to prepare your metal and how to apply layers of glass powder to create a piece of enamelled jewellery (earrings, brooch or pendant).
There will be a demonstration of various contemporary decorative techniques and you can select which one(s) you wish to use. You will have the opportunity to create 1 or 2 pieces during the day.
Use of kiln, equipment & materials including 2 copper shapes, opaque enamels, glass threads, glass lumps and millefiori are included in the workshop fee.
You are welcome to bring any enamels, copper and enamelling tools or equipment with you to use (or be identified!)
No previous experience of enamelling or metalworking is required.
Please note: this workshop is not suitable for pregnant women or those with breathing difficulties due to fine glass powders containing lead and/ or other heavy metals
What You Will Learn: Health & Safety – how to safely use enamels and a kiln Preparing metal – how to prepare copper before applying enamel Different decorative techniques – learn contemporary effects - stencilling, swirling, stamping, wire patterns, sgraffito Considerations for including enamel within jewellery – discussion of what to consider when designing enameled jewellery such as durability, joining methods and solder issues.
Please Bring: Pens, pencils, sketch book/paper Apron Dust mask Closed-in shoes (required) Optional: - items to use as stencils: paper punches, stencils, scalpel/ craft knife & cutting mat, netting, lace etc. - rubber ink stamps, pigment/ slow drying ink (dark colours are usually easier to see) Other Information: Long hair must be tied back Please wear old clothes