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Course Overview

In this virtual workshop, students will explore the ways with which a flat sheet of metal can be transformed into a volumetric object using nothing but a jeweler’s saw and a carefully designed template. Once formed, these vessels can be enameled using low-tech methods for adhering enamel to vertical surfaces. Finally, the instructor will cover strategies for enhancing the finished enameled vessel, including basic silver fabrication, cold connection methods, and small-scale wood carving.

This class focuses on design, technique, and craft, and is suitable for students of all skill levels.

What You'll Learn

  • Explore how a flat sheet of metal may be transformed into a volumetric object using and carefully designed template and minimal tools.

  • Learn to enamel metal vessels using low-tech methods

  • Learn strategies to enhance the finished enameled vessel

Who Should Attend

This class is suitable for students of all skill levels.

Additional Information

Materials & Tools 

The following supplies will be used for course demonstrations and objectives. A suggested item and/or vendor has been provided below for reference. Click the linked vendor name to be redirected to a page where you can find the item. The quantities needed for each item are listed first. If ordering, please be aware that some items may come in larger quantities than needed for this class. We recommend not opening an item's packaging until the day of the workshop. Student participation during or in-between class sessions is strongly encouraged but not required - observers are welcome.

Metal/raw materials (instructor suggest 2+ sheets for practice or multiples): 

Hand tools:

  • 1 x jewelers saw - 4" depth (Rio Grande)

  • 1 x pack saw blades - 3/0 (Rio Grande)

  • 1 x rotary tool - flex shaft, drill press, etc. (Rio Grande)

  • 1 x drill bit - #60 (Rio Grande)

  • 1 x drill bit or ball bur - for de-burring holes

  • 1 x chasing or ball-peen hammer (Rio Grande)

  • 1 x steel block / steel anvil (Rio Grande)

  • 1 x center punch (Rio Grande

  • 1 x chain nose pliers (Rio Grande)

  • 1 x sandpaper - approx. 320 grit (Amazon)

  • 1 x scoring tool - optional (handmade by Nash)

Torch setup:

  • 1 x fireproof area - steel sheet, tiles, etc. (Amazon or Home Depot)

  • 1 x torch - suitable for annealing (Rio Grande or Rio Grande)

  • 1 x pickle - sodium bisulfate or citric acid (Rio Grande or Amazon)

  • 1 x brass bristle brush (Rio Grande)

  • 1 x crock pot or lidded glass container (Rio Grande or Amazon)

  • 1 x tempered glass container or sink - for quenching and rinsing

  • 1 x liquid hand soap or pumice - for cleaning metal

Enameling supplies:

  • your preferred vitreous enamel powders (E-namels)

  • variety of sifters - approx. 1" diameter in 80 mesh (E-namels)

  • enamel kiln - min. 4"x4" interior recommended (Rio Grande)

  • variety of kiln furniture - trivets, kiln fork, etc. (Enamel Ware.)

  • steel wire/mesh screen - should fit your kiln (Enamel Ware.)

  • unscented aerosol spray or 60/40 Klyr-fire/water (Amazon)

  • atomizer spray bottle - if using Klyr-fire mix (Amazon)

  • 6"x6" mild steel sheet 20g - optional for custom trivets

Other/miscellaneous items: 

  • hard work surface

  • printer - to print template

  • rubber cement

This class is eligible for Tuition Remission under Personal Enrichment.

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