Prerequisite: Enamel 1
Cloisonné is an enameling technique in which thin strips of metal are shaped into a decorative design and attached to a metal backing to create cells or partitions that can be filled with different colors of enamel. Cloisonné enameling is an ancient technique that can be traced back to the 12th century BC, however it is a technique that is still popular among enamellists to this day due to the versatility of the craft.
In this Cloisonné workshop, participants will learn the basics of cloisonné enameling from shaping and adhering the wires to a fine silver backing to filling the cells and firing. We will discuss color blending, how to wet pack enamel, how to work with opaques, opalescent and warm toned enamels as well as the best way to sand your cells flat and finish with a flash-fire. All participants can design their own cloisonné piece from the ground up so if you have some ideas brewing, bring them to class and we can discuss how to successfully execute the design.
Enamels are supplied by the studio.
MATERIAL & TOOL LIST
- 1x6" 20 ga Fine Silver sheet
- 2 feet or more Fine Silver Cloisonné Strip, dead soft
- Chain, flat and round nose pliers (to help shape wires)
- P95 or N95 particulate mask
- Eye protection, clear
- Sketch pad and pencil
- Alundum stone, 220 grit
- Diamond sanding pads, 400, 800 and 1500 grit (Otto Frei and Home Depot have these)
16 Contact Hours | Kit fee included in tuition ($15 value)
Cloisonne: Sat & Sun, Apr 30– May 1