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.
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.
Plan and design your piece with color inspiration from fabrics or books. Learn to sift 80-mesh enamel and layer colors to achieve the shade you want. Barbara demonstrates a technique to sgraffito, or scratch, a design into a piece. You'll also learn how to use enamel threads for a dimensional look!
Use acrylic enamels for a painterly effect on your designs. Then attach a decal to your metal piece for a perfectly shaped design to fill with acrylic enamel! Barbara details how to mix and use the acrylics to paint a pretty flower. Then, fire the acrylics and brighten the colors with a clear coat.
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