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Glass Craft and Bead Expo

GCBE- Enameling on Metal Clay

Champleve and Cloisonne Enameling on Fine Silver Metal Clay

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GCBE- Enameling on Metal Clay
GCBE- Enameling on Metal Clay

Time & Location

Mar 31, 2023, 8:00 AM – Apr 01, 2023, 5:00 PM

Glass Craft and Bead Expo, 3663 Sunset Rd #509, Las Vegas, NV 89120, USA

About the Event

Learn the ancient mystery of bonding metal and glass into a harmonious, colorful work of art. During this workshop, we will create 2 fine silver pendants (or earrings), learn how to prep them after firing for the best enameling results, and then use cloisonne and champleve enameling techniques to add amazing depth and color. 

Experience with metal clays and/or enameling is not required for this class. We'll cover all the basics and you'll leave class with lots of inspiration and information to keep the creativity going! This class is for anyone wanting to learn to create their own precious metal elements, add color to their work or explore enameling basics. You will leave class with finished pieces. 

Day 1 will be creating the fine silver pieces and Day 2 will be enameling them. Kiln and torch firing enamels will be covered (the metal clay will be kiln fired for max sinter).

Class Limit: 12 Seats Skill-Level: Beginner Experience Required: none- we walk through all steps of making the metal clay bases, finishing them for enameling, and then all enameling steps are beginner friendly. Category: Metal Clay Price: $550 Additional Class Materials Fee per person: $100  (paid directly to instructor on-site) Additional Class Materials Fee Includes: 20 grams fine silver metal clay, fine silver cloisonne wire, set of opaque and transparent lead-free enamels, brush for wet-application of enamel, klyr-fire, polishing/finishing materials. Students Must Bring: If they have basic metal clay tools, they can bring those. If students want to exclusively practice torch firing their enamels, bring a tripod, small torch (Butane big shot or similar), and a torch trivet. If they have preferred enameling tools, they can bring those as well (like palettes, diamond pads, etc) Tool kits will be available for use. All kiln equipment, tumblers, texture plates, cutters, rotary tools and attachments will be provided for use.

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