Enamelling Classes - Wellington
We offer torch-fired and kiln-fired enamel classes on copper and silver.
Jewellery enamels are in fact special glass grains, which can be fused to the surface of your metal to create amazingly colourful, glowing jewels.
Because the enamel is glass, the pieces are fragile and precious.
Enamels are perfect for earrings and pendants, and can also be bezel-set as you would a gemstone.
You can use opaque (very bright solid colours) or transparent enamels. Transparent colours may be fired on a layer of fine silver or 22ct gold foil over copper to get a magical result without the cost of using large amounts of precious metals.
Explore simple stencil ideas with dry-application, or try sgraffito, cloisonne and more delicate
wet-packing techniques as you develop your skills and ideas.
Create simple stand-alone enamelled pieces - for example, enamelled drop earrings; or choose to make enamelled elements you can include in fabrication classes and set in rings, brooches and more.
Torch Fired Enamelling Taster Class
Dip your toe into enamelling with a one-day session of torch fired enamels, 10am - 4pm.
Torch firing lets you play and experiment with colour with simple acheivable techniques. Using copper and opaque enamels, create pieces to turn into pendants or earrings.
Next class: Dates TBC, 10am - 4pm, $145 including materials and enamels.
Enamelling Weekly Classes
Ideal for those who have already taken our Taster classes in either enamelling or fabrication.
This 8-week block class takes you through the process of creating simple enamelled pieces to be turned into beautiful, wearable jewellery.
Beginners: Torch Fired - Create several enamelled discs or ovals , choose your favourite to be set in a simple bezel setting for a pendant or ring.
You will be mainly enamelling onto copper, using either opaque (bright and flat colours like enamel paint) or transparent enamels (see-through and glassy) over fine silver foil. Your settings and rings will be crafted in sterling and fine silver.
Level 2: Torch Fired - For those with some experience in enamelling - extend your enamelling skills with a more detailed project. Perhaps a larger piece, bezel set or riveted as pendant or earrings.
Level 2 students will mainly work on copper as in level 1. Settings will be made in silver.
Level 3: Explore Kiln Fired enamels, use curved surfaces and larger cloisonne pieces.
Work directly on fine or sterling silver - using transparent and opaque enamels.
Level 3 projects may include a brooch, where the enamelled item is bezel set or riveted onto the hand crafted brooch back. We are also able to help more advanced students grow and extend their use of enamels in all sorts of projects, including more materials and stones in their designs.
Next class: dates to be confirmed .
Class fee $395 including basic materials.