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Enamelling - More Techniques
Enamelling - More Techniques
Studio 8 Jewellery Workshop, Fire Station Creative, Carnegie Drive, Dunfermline, Fife KY12 7AN 

Vitreous Enamelling is exciting and challenging and in this three-day workshop you will be introduced to more advanced traditional enamelling techniques such as cloisonné, plique a jour and basse-taille as well as more contemporary techniques such as wet process enamel and stencilling. Some enamelling experience would be beneficial but not essential.

Day one will focus on producing samples of two to three techniques. You will use opaque and transparent enamel depending on the technique and all pieces will be fired in a kiln that reaches around 850 degrees centigrade.

Techniques covered will include:

  • Preparing enamels
  • Sieving
  • Wet packing
  • Wet process
  • Creating cells with fine wire
  • Piercing saw techniques
  • Creating stencils 
  • Firing
  • Carborundum stoning
  • Texturing metal
  • Finishing enamel pieces

All health and safety and personal protective equipment will be provided. You will be expected to wear a dust mask when sieving enamels. You can bring inspirational examples of colours, texture, patterns and marks that you may wish to develop. These could be photographs, found items, drawings etc that can provide a starting point. Alternatively Caroline will have sources of inspiration in the studio or you can work spontaneously.

Day two will be spent developing techniques further and preparing a design.

In day three you will work on producing an enamelled jewellery piece with simple fittings e.g. drop earrings, pendant or enamel charms. If you have experience of jewellery making and soldering you can make a more complex piece with soldered fittings. All designs will be discussed with Caroline to ensure that you will have sufficient time to finish them. You will use enamelling techniques sampled in day one which could be basse-taille, cloisonné, plique a jour or stencils and transfers

Small class sizes of a maximum of six mean there is plenty of one to one tuition and courses are suitable for beginners and more experienced jewellers.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss the possibility of including any specialist techniques in the course. Caroline is happy to tailor the course to suit individual needs wherever possible but does need time to prepare.

Course fee is £200. Price includes refreshments. Please let Caroline know in advance of any dietary requirements. All materials are covered within the costs except silver for your final piece should you decide to use it. This is usually between £5 and £20 depending on the scale.

This course will run from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 June 2017

For more information and details of how to book, please visit Caroline's website

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