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25% Discount on Enamel Class

Enamel March 2014 25% off discount copy

Receive a 25% discount when you register today! Enter ENAMEL25 at checkout or call the studio at 718-388-2190 to register

Enameling, the art of fusing glass on metal to create colorful and imaginative designs, is one of the oldest methods used to create decorative metals. Delve in to this exciting technique  and learn how to bring rich color and texture to your metalwork with our 2-day or 6 week course!

6 week class: Enamel: Fusing Glass to Metal Mar 13 – Apr 24 | $450 | Thursdays | 6pm – 9pm Register Now!

Kiln fusing, sgraffito, plique a jour and cloisonne are just some of the techniques we explore as students create a large scale piece of their own design. Learn how to execute enameling work at home or in your own studios. Materials included + tool list. With instructor Max Goodman

A Look at this Weekends Workshop

This weekend we held a torch fire enamel workshop in the studio. I taught the history and basics of fusing glass to metal using an acetylene torch and tripod. We experimented using both transparent + opaque enamels and played around with firing times to achieve different surfaces like sugar coating, orange peel, fully fused and over firing. We had such great energy in the studio this weekend! Check out a few pictures of pieces made by students.

Nina flower ringNina flower cutout pendantYing pendantEileen earringsOcean NecklaceOcean pendant 2Eileen pendantWant to learn more about enameling? Check out our upcoming 6-week enamel course to delve deeper into the craft.

 

Torch Fire Enamel

We’ll be taking a break from these frigid Winter days this weekend to heat it up with a Torch Fire Enamel workshop.

Enamel is a form of powdered glass that fuses to another material, sometimes metal at around 1600 F. The ancient Egyptians used enamels to stone objects, pottery and jewelry. In jewelry and other artworks they used enamels vibrant colors to represent a less expensive form of precious gemstones.

This weekend we will be fusing enamel to copper using the heat of acetylene torches. The most common method of fusing enamel is in a kiln (like an oven) which evenly heats your piece the the desired temperature. While using a torch, it’s a great way to see the different stages of enamel fusing to the metal – sugar coating, orange peel, fully fused, and over fire. The different pigments add a great effect to jewelry pieces by adding color and representing moods. Playing around with firing times and using the enamel as a surface pattern can also achieve wonderful textures and depth to your piece.

Sugar coat enemaled pendant by artist Emilie Shapiro, instructor

Sugar coat enemaled pendant by artist Emilie Shapiro, instructor

Sugar coat pendant by artists Emilie Shapiro, instructor
Sugar coat pendant by artists Emilie Shapiro, instructor

orange peel enameled rings by artists Emilie Shapiro, instructor

orange peel enameled rings by artists Emilie Shapiro, instructor

overfired enameled cuff by artists Emilie Shapiro, instructor

overfired enameled cuff by artists Emilie Shapiro, instructor

Join us this weekend for the Torch Fire Enamel Workshop | Feb 25 + 26 | 11am – 5:30pm | $225 materials included