Take your enamelling skills to the next level in terms of adding surface designs and colour to your jewellery pieces with our NEW Advanced Enamelling Class.
Enamelling fuses particles of glass to the surface of metal to create a wide range of colour and pattern effects. In this advanced class you will explore more advanced enamelling techniques such as Cloisonné, Plique-à-jour and Champlevé and will produce a range of sample pieces.
PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU MUST HAVE COMPLETED OUR BEGINNERS ENAMELLING CLASS AS WELL AS OUR SOLDERING MASTERCLASS TO HAVE THE CORE SKILLS YOU WILL BUILD ON DURING THIS CLASS.
Take a look above to see some of the enamel jewellery created by students and tutors in this Class.
Techniques covered in this class include:
Preparing metal for enamelling
Creating Cloisonné Inlay Compartments by soldering silver wires or thin metal strips as per your design before finally filling the compartments with the enamel(s)
Creating a Champlevé design by carving or etching out channels in the metal before filing with vitreous enamel
Creating a Plique-à-jour design where the enamel is applied in cells (similar to Cloisonné), but with no backing in the final piece that allows light to shine through the transparent enamel to create an effect similar to stained glass
Firing the enamelled pieces in the kiln
Polishing and finishing the final pieces ready to incorporate into final pieces of jewellery.
Throughout the day, you will be able to make 2-3 lovely pieces of jewellery using the copper and silver provided. At the end of the day you will come away with lots of new ideas and inspiration for future designs.
What you need to bring to this class:
For this Class you don't need to bring anything but yourself as everything is provided. However, if you have any ideas of what you would like to make, feel free to bring pictures, sketches or ideas.
Having completed our Beginners Enamelling Course plus our Soldering Masterclass or equivalent elsewhere is a pre-requisite for taking this course as this class involved advanced jewellery making techniques only and so will not cover the basics of enamelling or soldering.
As with all of our classes, all materials are included in the cost of the class as well as plenty of tea, coffee and luxury biscuits! The classes are all run by friendly, knowledgeable and approachable tutors who have years of professional experience. The size of the classes is kept small to allow plenty of one-on-one attention and the maximum number of students for this class is 7.
We take an hour break for lunch and there are plenty of local shops to get food from, or you can always bring a packed lunch to eat in the studio. If you have any questions regarding this, or other courses please don't hesitate to get in touch.
What some of our students have said about this class