Make-Day: Advanced Cloisonné SAT 16 MAR

Date: Saturday 16 March, 2024

Start Time: 10.00AM

End Time: 4.30PM

Venue: FORGE

In this class you will learn how to use advanced vitreous enamelling techniques and cloisonné wires to create a unique, colourful silver pendant.

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What will I make?

You will make a sterling silver cloisonné enamel pendant.

What will happen on the day?

In this class you will learn how to use advanced vitreous enamelling techniques to create a unique, colourful silver pendant.

You will be guided through making a silver cloisonné vitreous enamel pendant using a sterling silver 30mm x 20mm oval shape that has been prepared for your use. Cloisonné is a technique which is effective for a wide variety of designs ranging from simple to intricate, and you may want to work on the design prior to the class.

You will be introduced to a range of methods and techniques to overcome the challenge of translating your design from paper to metal. Beginners will be able to make something simple, whilst those with more experience can develop their skills. 

You will learn how to form the wires for your chosen design and transfer them to the metal. Layers of enamel will be added, and you will learn how to graduate and blend the colours into one another.

Having created your piece, you will then be guided through finishing, learning how to grind the surface flat and achieve a smooth polished enamel surface. 

You will finish with a piece that is unique to you, and a greater understanding of enamelling techniques that you can take forward into further projects. You are also welcome to bring any pieces you have started at home for advice, and to work on alongside this project.

What skills do I need?

Difficulty Level: EASY- MEDIUM

No previous experience needed, just a steady hand and a little patience. Don’t worry if you feel you’re not artistic or creative as you will be taken through the whole process step by step.

What should I bring?

- Reading glasses (if you need them!) 

- Pair of fine nosed scissors

- Hair band incase you'd like to tie your hair back

- Apron if you wish to protect your clothing

- Note book / paper and pencils

What should I wear? 

Clothes: casual and not too precious as they might get dusty or damaged. Avoid long loose fitting sleeves as they might catch or get caught whilst you are working. Scarves should be tied up out of the way.

Shoes: flat closed in shoes that will give some protection to your feet in case you drop something hot on them.

Hair: tie long hair back

Who is my instructor?

Linda Connelly is an award winning enamel artist and jeweller who has been making enamelled jewellery for over thirty years from her studio in Surrey. She is an experienced tutor who spent nearly twenty years teaching enamelling and jewellery making in adult education, most recently teaching her own private classes up until the pandemic

How do I get there? 

See contact page for details on public transport and parking.