An introduction to Torch Firing Vitreous Enamels on Silver and Copper
Dates 12th and 19th September and 3rd and 10th October
Creative, sociable and fun
7.00pm - 9.00pm on Zoom
Course fee £80.00
Who is this course for:
This course if for anyone who would like to add colour and interest to their jewellery pieces using vitreous enamels without the need to buy an expensive kiln.
The course is designed to successfully use enamels on copper and silver and incorporate these pieces into your work.
You should have some jewellery making experience and have a basic set of tools that you can use at home - see list below for essentials.
Course content includes:
Safe working practice
The difference between working on silver and copper and the considerations needed for each metal.
Preparing metal, applying and firing powdered opaque and transparent enamels.
Making designs on the enamel surface with stencils, decorative media and drawings.
Preparing a silver surface for enamelling, texturing using hammer, punches and heat.
Discussion and demonstrations of other experimental techniques such as over firing and filling indentations.
Construction considerations and ideas.
You will be encouraged and supported in developing your own designs.
Two hour live zoom sessions every week. Teaching is by a mix of live demonstrations videos, photos and discussion. This is an active course - you will work in whole group and small groups within the sessions. The course is supported by a WhatApp group to share ideas and ask questions between the sessions. You will also be sent a pdf each week with a summary of techniques and ideas. The sessions are not recorded.
Numbers will be limited so you will have plenty of individual attention.
Essential Equipment for the enamelling
Items with * will be available to purchase in materials pack shortly
60 mesh enamelling sieve* If you already have enamels please ask for advice about mesh size for sieve.
Powdered vitreous enamels 2 x opaque and 1 or two transparent. Recommend WG Ball lead free from Cooksons. Suggest that one is white opaque (or very pale near white) If you want advice or already have enamels please get in touch to discuss.
Tripod plus gauze or two soldering blocks the same size and a pieces of steel mesh 10cm x 10cm or 7.5cm x 7.5cm - you need to be able to heat the piece from underneath with your torch.
Hand held torch
Scotchbrite, coarse emery or glass brush for preparing metal
Diagrit paper* or diagrit sponge (medium coarseness)
Silver - recommend Britannia Silver minimum thickness 0.8mm thick, quantity to follow
Decorative enamel media*
Other general tools required:
You will need a safe place to set up the following tools up at at home:
Pliers - round nosed, snipe nosed
Safe heat station
Pickle + brass or plastic tweezers
Tweezers - reverse action and fine
Flux - borax cone + dish + brush
Flat stake (or other suitable surface to hammer on)
Drill + 1mm bits
Safety goggles recommended
Useful additional tools
Doming block plus punches (or polymorph, or wad of fabric plus something with ball end)
Decorative metal stamps/punches
Healthy and Safety:
The usual safety workshop practice applies and you need a safe place to set up at home. It is recommended to have good ventilation.
You will need to work in an area where food is not prepared as powdered enamels are toxic if inhaled or ingested. Please have a mask for when you are sieving the enamel onto the metal and have a damp cloth handy to wipe any surfaces. Wash hands after enamelling and do not eat or drink whilst working.
The use of heat obviously means there is a risk of fire and burns so ensure that you set up somewhere where there is nothing flammable/something that could catch fire nearby and always be careful about letting things cool down before picking them up.
You are responsible for your own safety when working.
Other small print type things:
No refunds are given if you can’t attend a session. You will alsways be sent the pdf summary and if you miss anything there will be the opportunity to ask any questions the folowing week. The sessions are not recorded so you need to be present to get full benefit. The course will only run if a minimum number of people subscribe. If it is cancelled you will be refunded any money you have paid to date.