Rocklin Torch-fired Enamel Jewelry
Making Enameled Jewelry
Torch-fired enameling is fun and easy to do. Metal objects, copper or silver (we will be using copper in this class) are coated with fluxes and powdered enamels and heated with a propane torch until the enamels melt and fuse to the base. Multiple layers with mixtures of colors can give great results. Projects can be worn as jewelry, or larger pieces can be incorporated into multimedia and sculpture work. For this class, the maximum size for pieces is limited to approximately 2″x 2″.
Enamels are user-friendly, no harmful chemicals or odors, and easy cleanup. Students will be shown how to form pieces and prep for firing. Finishing of projects is up to the individual. Several methods for cleaning and polishing will be covered. The process is very safe, and this is a family friendly class. (Children age 12 and older welcome, although younger children may be encouraged to let the adults handle the torches.)
This class is designed for beginners. Experts are welcome too! Best of all, what you make, you take home with you.
What to Bring?
Materials will be supplied by the instructor. If you have a plain set of earrings or other smallish jewelry piece that you would like to add enamel to, please bring it with you. (Be willing to ruin your first piece. This class is designed for beginners. Although experts are also welcome to attend!)
There is a $15 materials fee built into the class fee for this class. Class size is limited. Please be sure to sign up early!
About the Instructor
Ray Atnip is a skilled metal worker, welder and all around good guy. Ray is retired from the railroad, and has attended classes and volunteered in programs at Sierra College and the Rocklin Hacker Lab since then. He has a background in woodworking, metal fabrication, and landscaping. Living in Mexico and the Southwest has infused him with an appreciation for cooking and gardening, and California’s weather supplies lots of fresh fare for the table. Exposure to the art community has brought out the creative spirit, and the willingness to share techniques he has learned.