Course Start DatesSaturday 25th April 2020
About the Course
Explore working with transparent enamels. Learn to grind and wet pack the enamels and fire them in a kiln while exploring the brilliance of colour and pattern work that enamels can bring to metal. Suitable for all levels.
By the end of the course you will be able to
Wash and prepare enamel
Apply the enamel using wet-packing techniques
Fire your piece and understand safety issues relating to handling and firing enamel
Finish the surface of the enamel
Use the above techniques to complete a simple pair of enamelled earrings
Class format and activities
You will start the day by preparing your transparent enamels by grinding in a mortar and pestle and rinsing in distilled water. We will use the prepared enamels to make a sample piece and you will learn how to wet pack the enamels on a flat surface. These sample pieces will be fired in the kiln and you will learn how to judge when enamels are fired correctly. You will then make a very simple pair of domed silver earrings learning how to use a disc cutter and the doming tools. You will learn how to apply your ground enamels on a domed surface, firing and finally finishing and polishing your earrings.
Constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor will help you succeed during the class.
This course is suitable for all levels, some previous experience of jewellery making will be an advantage.
What you need to know before you enrol
The jewellery studio is on the 3rd floor of the main building, there is lift access. Some chemicals used may be harmful in pregnancy. Please let the tutor know if you are pregnant and they will advise you as to necessary precautions. Appropriate Health and Safety guidance will be given as each new technique is introduced.
What you will need for your class
All tools needed to take part in the course are available in the workshop. We will be working on silver which will be available to purchase from the tutor at cost price. This will be approx £5. We will be using 1mm thick silver sheet so if you have your own and want to use it please bring it in.
It would also be helpful to bring:
. a benchbook for recording techniques
. a pen and pencil
. a fine paintbrush
. an apron.
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