Upcoming workshops for June

Enamel I :Torch Fired Enamel and No Solder Copper Setting Pendant


June 20th 11:00- 5:00 (with a one hour lunch break from 1:00 to 2:00)
Location: A Danish Princess Beads and Jewelry, 5212 Elmira St. Milton, FL
Phone: 850-490-0310
COST: $75 plus materials and tools required.
This class is a day long intensive that introduces the student to torch fired enameling using the Barbara Lewis immersion method. Barbara is graciously allowing me to teach this technique to my students for the first time in our area. This is the perfect introduction to those interested in enameling but who find themselves a little shy of the torch. This class will be a prerequisite for future enameling classes; II Basics of Traditional Enameling and III Cloisonné Enameling.

Morning session 11:00 to 1:00
The morning will begin with an introduction to the method by creating numerous enameled beads. This will give you the opportunity to get comfortable with the torch and the immersion method as you create colorful beads that you will treasure to use in your designs. Learn the advantages of the immersion technique, how to use the torch, learn about the pros and cons of over firing and how to find what Barbara calls the ‘sweet spot’ in the flame which is the best part of the flame to fire your beads in. At 1:00 class will break for lunch. Each student is responsible for providing his or her own lunch.

Example of torch fired enamel beads.

beads crop 1
beads crop 1

Afternoon session:
In the afternoon session we will apply what we have learned to an introduction to metal work. We will create an enameled focal utilizing the Lewis Immersion method and combine that with an introduction to metal work. We will learn to anneal (or soften) metal with the torch, punch, dome, texture/forge metal as we create a customized no solder pronged pedant setting for your focal. This setting is excellent for gemstone cabochons as well.   Contact Danish Princess Beads and Jewelry at the number provided above for more information regarding tools and materials for this workshop.  Kits that include all items necessary for this class are available through Danish Princess.  The kit will get you set up to take Enameling 2 (exploring sifting, sgrafitto, stencils and more) and enameling 3 (exploring cloisonné) coming soon.

Fold Formed Pea Pod Pendant

peapod pendant

June 21st 1:00- 4:00
Location: Crystal Studios 926 E Lloyd St. Pensacola, FL
Phone: 850-466-5521
COST: $40 some materials required.
Class Description: This is a basic introduction to fold forming metal.  Copper sheet will be provided.  Students will need to supply 20 gauge copper wire, 6mm to 8mm beads and tools.  Tools needed; round nose pliers, clippers. needle nose or flat nose pliers and euro punch (euro punch available on loan from instructor).  Limited number of seats available.

More Workshops to be announced.  Stay tuned.