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Decorative Techniques


MAY 23-24, 2020

Saturday 10am to 1pm - lunch - 2pm to 5pm
10am to 1pm - lunch - 2pm to 5pm

  • Minimum 3 and maximum 6 students.
  • Lead-free enamel colours will be provided free of charge for jewellery sized pieces
  • Metal and other supplies will be available for purchase or you can bring your own
  • Please bring a clean cloth and some scrap paper for sifting

This class will explore decorative techniques. We will focus on enamel itself, and not the different metalworking techniques usually associated with it. We will start with a solid base and see all the ways we can decorate it. Pieces can be stand alone, or a component of a larger jewellery piece.

1. Graphite

Yes, just a simple pencil can make amazing things happen on enamel! The graphite will float on and adhere to an enamel surface. Your own drawing skills will dictate the outcome, but I can show you some tips and shortcuts that can help. It will be just like a pencil drawing, only made of glass!

2. Sgraffito

Sgraffito can be done in many ways: with china paint on a white ground for detailed decoration, or with sifted enamel over a contrasting colour for looser, more organic effects, or on liquid enamel for a more contemporary feel. You can choose which way you want to go! Some skill is helpful, but I can teach you some simple tricks to make decorative painting (such as in the first example, above) in Persian and Celtic styles fairly simple!

3. Sifting and Stencils

There is so much you can do with just a sifter and some stencils!

4. Underglaze P-3


This technique involves painting the entire surface of the bare copper with P-3 undergalze black and then scratching the design when it is dry. Or – you can paint the design, and maybe clean it up with a little scratching later. A clear coat of enamel is sifted over the top of the dried underglaze, and then fired. Additional colours can be added later if desired!

5. Overglaze painting

Using paint over a fired surface is quite different than using it under. We will explore the firing characteristics of black and both opaque and semi opaque white. This can be something of a primer for moving on to grisaille



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