‘Keys to Enameling Success’
Description: What is enamel? How is it made? Enamel’s History; Safety consideration; Firing basics – time and temperature; Wet inlay technique; Design and create a custom copper pendant shape; Separation technique; P-3 Black Oxide technique; Sgraffito; Silver and gold foil application; Perfect sifting application of enamel on 3-D bowl; Ring foot on bowl to eliminate stilt marks.
Projects will be dimensional pendant or brooch shapes that you design on 24 ga. copper. You will learn the correct way to sift which results in uniform applications. Wet inlay procedure will be used to see which transparents work well direct on copper. Separation technique will be explained for success every time. P-3 Black Underglaze will be used to create sponged and sgraffitoed texture. You will discover the methods to apply enamel to a bowl with uniform application of enamel. Gold and silver foil use and application is explained in two projects. Lump enamel will be explored.
Fundamentals Part I
‘Keys to Enameling Success’
Cost: $385 per two day workshop (includes all materials)
Date: December 5 & 6, 2020
Time: 9:00 to 4:30 PM each day
Location: W.W. Carpenter Enamel Foundation, 645 Colfax Ave., Bellevue, KY 41073
Contact: Tom Ellis – Call 859-291-3800
* The workshop will consist of lectures, demonstrations and (4) hands-on projects.
* Written handouts will be provided documenting everything covered in the workshop.
* All Materials Included in cost of workshop.
Project (1) – Discover direct for copper transparents and wet inlay technique Custom shaped pendant using sifting, wet inlay, transparent and opalescent enamels, copper oxide and firing instruction. Find out which transparent colors work well direct on copper.
Discover what copper oxide looks like as a decorating material. Learn the secrets to successful wet inlay.
Project (2) – Separation Enamel Technique Custom shaped copper pendant using separation enamel technique. Layered opaque and transparent enamels on copper, with separation pattern, firing instruction. Create marble-like color/textures with separation enamel.
Project (3) – P-3 Black Oxide Technique Custom shaped copper pendant with sponge printed P-3 black oxide, covered with transparent enamel. Black Oxide sponged onto copper and sgraffito under transparents makes for unusual patterns, color and texture.
Project (4) – Gold and Silver Foil on 3-D Bowl Copper bowl coated with direct for copper transparent enamel, copper ring foot to eliminate stilt marks, copper cloisonne circle boundary on front, gold and silver foil application, transparent color and lump enamel decoration. Learn to achieve a consistent and uniform direct on copper transparent color application on a bowl.