MAKE-DAY: Enamel with Decals SAT 06 JULY

Date: Saturday 06 July, 2024

Start Time: 10am

End Time: 4:30pm

Venue: FORGE

In this class you will learn all about the exciting technique of enamelling with decals. You will learn how to fire the enamel in layers and use photo fusing paper to create a beautiful piece of art, which you can then set in a silver bezel setting to turn into a pendant.

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What will I make?

You will make a sterling silver enamel pendant with a design created using enamel decals. It will be possible to concentrate more on the enamelling if you are already able to make a bezel setting.

What will happen on the day?

You will begin by doming and base enamelling a 25mm silver disc. You will then learn to use rubber stamps to print designs on photo fusing paper using painting enamel. This will then be repeatedly fired, adding more pattern and colour between firings. You will also have the opportunity to add gold lustre to your design.

You will then be guided through making a silver bezel setting to hold your piece. If you are already experienced in creating bezel settings and would prefer to focus on enamelling, please let the tutor know prior to the course so she can be prepared for this. There will be the opportunity to buy additional silver or copper discs if you wish to experiment more with the enamelling. 

What skills do I need?

Difficulty Level: MEDIUM

No previous experience needed, just a steady hand, a little patience and willingness to give it a go! Don't worry if you feel you're not artistic or creative, you will be taken through the whole process step by step.

What should I bring?

- Pair of fine nosed scissors

- Reading glasses (if you need them!) 

- Hairband to tie hair back

- Apron to protect clothing

What should I wear? 

Clothes: Casual and not too precious as they may get a bit dusty or damaged.  Avoid long, loose fitting sleeves and anything that might catch or get caught whilst you are working.

Shoes: Casual flat shoes and no open toed sandals in case you drop a hammer or 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.