Torch Fired Enamels I + Open Studio
Enameling is the colorful result of fusing powdered glasses to metal, using high heat to form a durable vitreous coating. The art of enameling is laborious and purchasing a kiln is expensive. Torch-fired enamels is a great way to add color to your metal projects without the expense. We will make a variety of findings and objects that you can use in your other jewelry projects as well as a ring, bracelet or pair of earrings.
Students may also use this as an open studio for those who have taken a previous Torch Fired Enamel Class with instructor and are ready to practice and develop their art independently. If needed, individual advice and guidance will be available. All equipment will be provided but feel free to bring your own tools as well. Students supply their own copper. If you have any questions email Charles at firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 17th Sat. 10:00-3:00 $70.00
Charles Agel, instructor/* $35 supply fee, payable to instructor on day of class.
Soldering Basics with Charles: Rings of Fire
Johnny Cash sang about a ring of fire but in this class we will make several rings using basic soldering techniques. You will become familiar with the torch, silver solder, flux and a variety of other tools to create stackable rings, earrings or a bracelet from sterling silver wire. *If you have taken previous classes, you can also use this as an open studio so you have all the tools plus instruction!
Make it a full weekend and learn to enamel the following Sunday. You can use both techniques to create fun, colorful components for jewelry or anything else you can dream up!
November 18th Sunday 11:00 – 4:00 $90.00
December 1st Saturday 10:00 – 3:00 $90.00
$30* supply fee, payable to instructor on day of class.
Charles Agel, instructor
Soldering with Charles: Spinner Rings
Together we will create a spinner ring handcrafted from sterling silver sheet and sterling, copper and or bronze wire. These wire bands spin freely around a textured sterling silver band. The ring, also called a prayer or worry ring, is based on the ancient Tibetan Prayer Wheel. It is said this ring brings the wearer good luck and fortune, a sense of serenity and peace, and rids the wearer of anxiety and worry. However you chose to think of it, you just won’t be able to resit playing with these fun rings!
Soldering I or equivalent experience REQUIRED. This project requires several high quality and pricy tools in order to have a good experience and create a quality ring that you will be proud to wear. I strongly recommend that students do not borrow or lend expensive tools that are easily damaged. I have seen too many tools damaged in this manner. Bring your tool kit to the workshop along with these essential tools: Steel ring mandrel Super flush cutters Half round pliers Half round ring file #2 or #3 (tools kit available upon request – approx $150)
December 2nd Sunday 11:00-4:00 $90.00
$40* supply fee, payable to instructor on day of class.
Charles Agel, instructor