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Barbara Minor Post-Conference Workshop: ENAMELING: Seed Bead Inlay + Gold/Silver Foils + Opaque/Transparent Enamels
Barbara Minor Post-Conference Workshop: ENAMELING: Seed Bead Inlay + Gold/Silver Foils + Opaque/Transparent Enamels

Barbara Minor Post-Conference Workshop: ENAMELING: Seed Bead Inlay + Gold/Silver Foils + Opaque/Transparent Enamels

Learn to create vibrant enamel surface and accent enamel designs by incorporating inlay and foil techniques with opaque or transparent enamels. Working on flat or very slightly formed copper in combination with opaque (or transparent) enamels, you will be able to achieve detail, texture and pattern

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Time & Location

Jul 19, 2023, 9:00 AM MDT – Jul 22, 2023, 4:00 PM MDT

Arapahoe Community College, Art & Design Center, 2400 W Alamo Ave, Littleton, CO 80120

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About The Event

Workshop takes place at Arapahoe Community College, Art & Design Center, 2400 W Alamo Ave, Littleton, CO 80120 - Room AD3200

Free visitor parking will be available in LOT J, which is adjacent to the Art & Design Center.

Maps here: https://www.arapahoe.edu/about-acc/locations/campus-maps/art-and-design-center

Attendees must bring with them the following supplies:

-  Copper shapes - 18-22 gauge - these can be any shape you choose, but please keep them between 1.5"-2".

Participants can cut these out themselves - or  - order precut shapes from copper shape suppliers.

I recommend choosing shapes that are within 2” x 2” and are flat or slightly domed.

Purchasing or creating these shapes prior to the workshop will save time during class.

- Jeweler’s Saw Blades – 00-000

- Scotch Brite – green scrubber pads

- Copper sheet – 20 – 24 gauge (my preference is 22 gauge for a 2" circle) - you will need this only if you did not prepare plenty of shapes prior to the workshop or plan to cut additional shapes during class.

- Apron

- Kitchen towel type rag(s)

- sketchbook/notebook and pen

- Small jar with lid for klyr fire and water mixture

- Larger jar for water used to rinse brush

- 1” wide flat watercolor brush

- Graded sifter set -  lid, 80, 100, 150, 200, 325 mesh screens, catch pan.*** for grade sifting transparent enamel - instead of or in addition to washing transparent enamels these will be provided for participants use during the workshop and then will be available for purchase as desired at the end of the workshop.

- Individual sifters – 80. 100, 150, 200 – 2.5” diameter x 2” high*** these will be provided for participants use during the workshop and then will be available for purchase as desired at the end of the workshop.

- Silver enameling foil

https://www.enamelartsupply.com/foils/silver-foil

https://thompsonenamel.com/product/sf-1-silver-foil/

- Gold enameling foil (optional – expensive!)

https://www.enamelartsupply.com/foils/gold-foil

https://thompsonenamel.com/product/gf-4-gold-foil/

- Tracing paper or vellum

- Hole punch and/or decorative paper punches – any shape or size

- Small sharp scissors

- Small pointed paint brush – need not be expensive – whatever you have that is small.

- Small pointed tweezers

Seed Bead Inlay Supplies and Small Tools: Individual Use

- Diamond Ball Burr - 1.9mm - 2.1mm for #11 seed beads***

Or size that matches the millimeter size of your seed beads

https://www.riogrande.com/product/diamond-ball-burs/343023gp

- Small pointed tweezers – those with a slightly blunted tip and a texture on the inside of the points work well

https://www.riogrande.com/product/locking-diamond-tweezers-medium-tip/115092

- Pointed paint brush - #1 watercolor type

https://www.riogrande.com/product/non-contaminating-flux-brush/115141

- Shallow dish with lid to prepare/use/save glue mixture

- C-Thru ruler – 6”

https://www.amazon.com/Westcott-6-Inch-Beveled-Transparent-B-50/dp/B001E1V5US/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=C-thru+ruler+6%22&qid=1591104016&sr=8-3

- #11 - #8 glass seed beads (no mylar lining) ***

Solid colors - Miyuki is a good brand

https://www.firemountaingems.com/shop/miyuki-seed_beads-seed_bead_size_11?gclid=CjwKCAjwiOCgBhAgEiwAjv5whAIlQ4M3OQAksXlBAXUt6iShii8OEX0cD4ddSjfQWgXtm15DjgBiBRoCFvoQAvD_BwE

Best to start with solid opaque colors.

NO plastic beads, NO metallics and NO mylar liner.

There are many suppliers that sell seed beads in varying quantities.  A Google search for “11/0 Glass Seed  Beads” will give you many options.

Be aware of suppliers offering a box with lots of color choices as these can sometimes be "coated" with  color.  The color burns off in the kiln.

- Striped seed beads - these may be hard to find in small quantities***

- Small pointed paint brush – need not be expensive

- Sharpie Marker – fine tip

Optional Supplies

Lagniappe (something given as a bonus or extra gift) Inlay Techniques

Participants may bring any of these items to class.  Some*** will be available from Barbara.

- Enamel Frit – large sizes ***

- Thompson Enamel has 6/20 bead frit in many colors.

- Schlaiffer’s Enamel Supply - https://www.enameling.com/Embellishments.html#P3

- Glass seed beads – any size – solid colors or striped ***

- Corrugated copper cloisonne wire ***

- bronze or copper screen mesh scrap ***

- Glass Threads***

- Schlaiffer’s Enamel Supply - https://www.enameling.com/Embellishments.html#P3

- Left over bits of bronze or copper screen mesh ***

- Enameling Foil - fine silver or 24kt gold  – left over scrap

- Copper "scrubbie" pads

- Old enamel pieces you don’t like that you are willing to destroy

- Enamel firing racks that need “cleaning”.

- Copper tubing – 4-5mm diameter – cut into lengths that are 2-3mm high (max.)

- Mille Fiore

- Schlaiffer’s Enamel Supply - https://www.enameling.com/Embellishments.html#P3

Technical information presented includes a brief introduction to essential and fundamental information and skills for successful enameling.

Day 1 - Morning/Afternoon

work area– choices, set-up and safe procedures

metals and enamel types suitable for this technique

metal preparation

metal doming procedures for this technique

fast and effective methods of cleaning metal prior enameling

enamel preparation - opaque vs. transparent enamels

TR grade sifting vs. washing

application and firing of counter enamel and base coats on copper

sifted enamel application methods

purpose and guidelines for counter enameling

multiple firings for OP/TR smoothness and TR clarity

seed bead placement

participant working time

Day 2

seed bead inlay with opaque enamels

placement and firing of seed beads for differing pattern and textural effects

surface grinding to create flush inlay “dots” in your design

participant working time

silver/gold foils with transparent enamels

foil application - pattern or small pieces vs. larger surface areas

TR color over foils

participant working time

Day 3

combination of foils + seed bead inlay

other inlay techniques - shards, bronze screen, copper tubes (examples/discussion), conglomerate, scrap    from old pieces,  enameling foil spit balls(examles/discussion)

participant working time

Day 4

edge finishing

setting examples (examples/discussion)

participant working time / clean up

The objectives are for participants ...

- to understand enameling basics relative to processes taught

- to achieve exciting surfaces that exceed expected results.

- to gain confidence while exploring and experimenting with these enameling techniques  and gain  confidence to continue using the processes in their own studios.

Class will include...

- time for participants to work on techniques presented

- a detailed list of tools, materials and suppliers

- process order outline with images of examples - seed beads and foils

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