Metalsmithing

Metals and Copper Enameling

Explore a variety of enameling techniques and apply them to jewelry and small sculptural objects. Using a jewelry kiln and a hand-held torch, we'll fire powdered glass to copper. Enamel has a great range of finishes and colors that complement metal designs. No prior experience in metals or enameling necessary, but those with metalsmithing experience will have access to all the tools if they choose. beginner to intermediate students welcome! 

 

 

6-8pm 4 Wednesdays, April 12, 19, 26 & May 3 online registration
10am-12pm 4 Thursdays, April 13, 20, 27 & May 4 online registration

 

Cost: $135 + $15 materials fee. Includes all materials and tools and an open studio session.

Instructor: Elara Coleman

 

Shorter Workshops

 

Enameling - Unique approaches

Enameling is a process where powdered glass is fused to metal using high heat. It is characterized by brilliant colors and versatility -- from jewelry, to bowls and wall pieces, to large-scale murals. Beginning with a sheet of copper, we'll first form small bowls. Then we'll enamel them in a jewely kiln and a hand-held torch. No prior experience in metals or enameling necessary, but those with metalsmithing experience will have access to all the tools if they choose. We offer a day OR evening option.

10am-1pm Friday, March 3 online registration
6-9pm Thursday, February 23 CLASS IS FULL

 

Cost: $55 includes all materials and tools.

Instructor: Elara Coleman

 

Images and Photos in Metal (adults and youth 14+)

 

 

    

 

 

Use a favorite photo or image and learn to enamel then onto copper using a unique transer and firing process. We'll also experiment with special watercolors to colorize and add impact. No experience in metals necessary--beginning to advanced are all welcome for this two-part workshop. 

 

     
6-9pm 2 Tuesdays, April 11 & 18 online registration

 

Cost: $65 includes all materials and tools.

Instructor: Elara Coleman

 

Secret Lockets (adults and youth 14+)

Create a unique two-piece locket with a hidden compartment for a message or memento. Saw, form, pierce, texturize and stamp metal and explore using tube rivets to connect your jewelry.  Students gain an overview of the possibilities in metal, while creating something personal and functional.  

10am-1pm Friday, March 10 CLASS CANCELLED
6-9pm Wednesday, March 8 CLASS CANCELLED

 

Instructor: Elara Coleman

Cost: $55 includes all materials and tools.

 

 

 

 

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