Vitreous enamelling is the process of applying thin coats of finely ground glass to a metal. When heated to a high temperature in a kiln, the glass melts and fuses to the metal. On this two day course you will be introduced to enamelling techniques such as sifting opaque enamels on copper and painting liquid enamels on pre-enamelled steel. The focus is on trying out these experimental ways of using vitreous enamels on different metal surfaces in order to explore colours, effects and finishes. By the end of the course you will have a more extended knowledge of this complex but rewarding material and be able to take away with you several test pieces in order to consider potential application in any of your future jewellery projects, as well as a completed item of jewellery using cold connections.
Enamelling is not difficult to learn, but it is an unpredictable and therefore exciting process. This course will teach the basic technical aspects of the craft, alongside the associated health and safety issues related to the use of enamel powders and liquids. We will first learn how to obtain a well-fused enamel surface, and then through guided experimentation we will explore mark making techniques on copper and steel, and on the second day we will develop a finished piece of jewellery using cold connection techniques.
The course fee covers the cost of all materials. Metals available for your use include copper and enamelled steel. A selected palette of powder vitreous enamels will also be provided.
You may also bring your own precious materials to work with,; in this instance please note we recommend using fine silver rather than sterling silver for enamelling, due to the inherent processes and behaviours of the materials involved.
We are able to offer a hallmarking service for precious jewellery made at Flux – If you would like to have your work hallmarked with the Flux Studios hallmark this can be arranged at cost price.
All levels welcome; some prior experience of jewellery making would be advantagious
Southwark, SE5 8QT
10:00am - 5:00pm
Certificate of Attendance
Beginner Intermediate Advanced
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