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Torch-Fired Enameling: Luscious Color & Design

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Add captivating color and texture to your designs with artisan enameling techniques.

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What You Get

  • 6 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials list with tools & supplies recommended by Barbara
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Barbara Lewis
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Class Overview

Bring vibrant custom pieces to life as expert Barbara Lewis shows you how to make enamel jewelry! Set yourself up for success with a lesson on torch control and delve into mixing pigments to achieve exactly the colors you want. Next, discover how to use enamel threads and sgraffito to create textural, dimensional effects that will complement any design. Want to create wearable art? Use acrylic enamels for a painterly effect and follow along with Barbara to incorporate imagery with decals. Work with ferric chloride to achieve eye-catching etchings before combining stencils and overglaze enamel to quickly create a layered effect. Then, start working with fully dimensional pieces! Create distinctive designs as you try out must-have methods for pleating, creasing and sculpting copper mesh. Finally, incorporate fine and sterling silver into your work and find out how to use shimmering gold leaf to punch up any piece.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Mixing & Coloring Liquid Enamels
Meet your instructor Barbara Lewis and explore the dynamic world of torch-fired enameling! Learn the basics of liquid enamels and mix to a perfect consistency. Apply a base layer of liquid enamel and fire up your torch and heat gun to practice reaching and recognizing the right temperature.
2. Application & Design Techniques
3. Painterly Effects
4. Etched & Stenciled Designs
5. Sculptural Mesh Designs
6. Working With Precious Metals

Recommended with this class

  • Hot head torch
  • Angle bracket
  • C-clamp or EZ release clamp

Taught by

Barbara  Lewis
Barbara Lewis
Barbara Lewis is the founder of the Painting With Fire metalworking studio. She has authored two books: Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry: A Workshop in Painting With Fire, which was named Amazon’s "Best Craft Book of 2011," and Mastering Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry: the Next Steps in Painting With Fire. Barbara has also contributed to numerous jewelry-making books and publications. You can learn more about Barbara on her website,, and her blog:

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