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Enamelling on Copper for jewellery - Day course at Rainbow Glass Studios - learn an ancient glass making skill

Enamelling on Copper for jewellery - Day course at Rainbow Glass Studios - learn an ancient glass making skill

Course Provider: Eleanor Designs

Contact Name: Richard or Eleanor

Telephone: 020 7249 0276

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Unit 6
172 Stoke Newington Church Street
Greater London
N16 0JL

Course Length: 1 day (10.00 - 4.30)

Price: £140

5 star rating, 6 reviewers.

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Course Start Dates
Saturday 14th October 2017
Saturday 14th April 2018


This exciting day course in enamelling on copper explores the skills and techniques of kiln enamelling.

(For information: certain courses will have a specific focus on an Introduction to cloisonné enamelling for those with some previous experience in enamelling on copper - please get in touch for details)

We will fuse finely powdered enamel onto the surface of copper. These beautiful techniques were first used by the ancient Chinese, Greeks, Celts and Egyptians to decorate metal and add colour to metal jewellery and other objects.

If you love working with colour you will enjoy enamelling; the possible combinations are endless, the results swift and exciting to see as they emerge from the kiln. We will experiment with a range of simple decorative techniques to create your own one-off pieces to make into unique jewellery or small pictures.

On this day course you will learn to:

Prepare copper for enameling
Make several sample pieces using a range of techniques
Explore the use of opaque and transparent enamels
Use decorative inclusions (e.g. frit, glass threads, millefiori, and copper wire)
Cover health and safety and the kiln firing process
Explore colour, and surface designs with stencils, printing and drawing
Design a final piece to finish and mount on jewellery findings by the end of the day
A supply of silver-plated jewellery findings will be available on which to mount your sample pieces and information will be provided on suppliers of enameling equipment and jewellery findings should you decide you want to do more!

Plenty of tea and coffee and biscuits will also be provided, enameling is thirsty work!

There is a limit of 6 people per workshop enabling faster learning.

What's included in the price?

All materials are included as well as a supply of jewellery findings to finish your pieces so you can wear them home.

Plenteous supplies of tea, coffee and biscuits.

You can either bring your own packed lunch or go out at lunchtime to enjoy one of the multitude of cafes on Stoke Newington Church Street, or head for Clissold Park for some time out in the "countryside" over lunch.

Want to review this course?

This was an excellent day. I had never done any enamelling before and Eleanor explained things patiently, helping us through the process and letting us experiment, giving lots of hints and tips along the way. I would recommend this to anyone. It was a fun day and we all learned such a lot about the enamelling process, taking home some lovely finished pieces. If you do come on this course, beware, I went back and bought a kiln and am now completely smitten!!5


A wonderful day. Eleanor is an enthusiastic and inspiring teacher, who explains and demonstrates clearly. Within a short time, we had finished our first piece of enamel. So much is put into one day, covering a variety of techniques, which we immediately put into practice. We all had some beautiful results. Thoroughly recommended!


I really enjoyed the enameling on copper workshop. I learnt a lot and found Eleanor a great tutor; informative, friendly and giving us all equal attention. A great day in a wonderful environment.


This was a fantastic and informative course led by Eleanor who covered the basics in a short amount of time from preparing the copper to Hand S with enamels and kiln and techniques which can be applied. Throughout the day Eleanor gave hints and tips on the successes and mistakes(turned into interesting things) which will help when she is not there e.g firing times/what to look for/ enamel properties etc... There was a fantastic display of completed enameling which you could draw design inspiration from and inquire as to how they were completed. This was a highly creative day however I would agree that no previous experience would be required and no drawing skills needed. I would definitely go again. Many thanks to Eleanor for an inspiring day.


Eleanor was incredibly informative, helpful and very lovely company . She most certainly went the extra mile to help each student individually and I absolutely loved my experience of her class .


Brilliant course, I really enjoyed myself. Eleanor is so friendly and helpful and has a real enthusiasm for enamelling. I got to make and bring home 4 beautiful pieces for jewellery. I'd thoroughly recommend it.


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