About the Course
This exciting day course in enamelling on copper explores the skills and techniques of kiln enamelling, a colourful jewellery course brought to you by Eleanor Watson from The Jewellery Boat.
We'll be exploring enamelling step by step, learning to fuse finely powdered enamel onto the surface of copper to create a beautiful glossy surface. These ancient techniques were first used by the Chinese, Greeks, Celts and Egyptians to decorate metal and add colour to metal jewellery and other precious objects.
If you love working with colour you will enjoy enamelling; the 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 your own 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 at least one final piece to finish and mount on jewellery findings by the end of the day (most people make 2 or 3 or more...!)
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 pursue your new hobby.
Plenty of tea and coffee and biscuits will also be provided, enameling is thirsty work!
We limit each workshop to a maximum of 6 people to ensure individual attention and faster learning.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
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 may 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.
I did the day course in copper enamelling recently. It was just brilliant. From the inspiring workshop full of colourful examples of fantastic glass work to the careful attention to detail and tips that Eleanor shared - I left buzzing with ideas and information to be able to plan to start experimenting with my own enamelling. Thanks Eleanor - I might be back!
Nikki Kettley - - #17294
Really enjoyed this course. I loved the fact that I knew nothing about enamelling when I started in the morning and took home four lovely pieces, which I have already worn.
Eleanor was a lovely teacher, clear instructions and calm when when things got a bit panicky.
I am already planning my next course with her.
Maggie Lynch - - #11134
A well structured day with an excellent teacher and not a minute wasted. A chance to compare two common table top kilns, learn the health and safety aspects and study the behaviour of opaque enamels when fired.
Eleanor said 'Everyone has to start somewhere'. This is the place to start.
Dennis Heyderman - - #11066
Learnt loads of new skills. Eleanor gave very clear instruction right from the beginning. New information was drip fed throughout the day at just the right level; with plenty of opportunity to recap when needed. She managed to achieve and excellent level of supervision whilst also letting up work on our own and at out own speed. Plentiful cups of tea and some very calm rescues when things went a limitless wrong. A perfect environment for first time enamellers
Michelle Webb - - #11054
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
Pam Cummings - - #7763
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!
Paul - - #7397
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.
David - - #6403
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.
Clare McLoughlin - - #6369
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 .
Ewa w - - #6368
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.
Enamelling on Copper - - #5868
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