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

Vitreous Enamelling is exciting and challenging and in this weekend workshop you will be introduced to basic and more advanced enamelling techniques such as cloisonné, plique a jour, basse-taille and champleve. Suitable for beginners or those with some enamelling experience.

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

Techniques covered will include:

  • Preparing enamels
  • Sieving
  • Wet packing
  • Creating cells with fine wire
  • Piercing saw 
  • 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.

In day two 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 on day one which could be basse-taille, champleve, cloisonné or plique a jour.

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.

The cost for this workshop is £140.

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 workshop will run on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June 2017

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

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