Wednesday, September 3, 2008

midweek maunderings + enamel classes

I've finished the two biggest current projects: the coronet I posted about a while ago, and here's some pictures of the ermine-edged caps that I'd been working on for many many hours...
Starting out, with many pieces for the caps, and the embroidery just begun
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Here is one of the caps, and how it ended up
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Re-cutting and sewing the ermine skins into ermine edging was trickier that I'd have expected. Still, there came a moment in the process when the edging started to look real
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Thirdly, a busy weekend just finished, well, a few days ago anyhow. Bill and Jen came down from Olympia; Sunday was my afternoon Art in The Pearl demo day, and Bill had all day Monday. This is the second year that I've had a chance to participate, and I spent four hours talking to folks about enameling. My original intent was to actually demo the process, and after bringing all the travelling gear down to the North Park Blocks, it turned out that being next to the blacksmiths was not actually a good thing for enameling. Too much soot from the forge. The next day we discovered an additional wall on the E Z UP that might have offered enough protection, but even without the actual process going on, I still had all the supplies and equipment to use as "visual aids", and chatted with many many people. I also passed out a number of flyers for the classes I have scheduled for the next few months (more on this momentarily) Monday, after the demo, we had our second trip to eat sushi so were rather late getting back to Acorn Cottage. In the interim Smokey the Compact Akita found her way into the guest room, where the futonbed and down puff were waaay too cozy. She really didn't want to move at all, just rolled her eyes up at us...
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I have a schedule for the classes I'll be teaching and hosting at the Artisanry:
Each workshop will be Friday evening 7:30 - 9:30, and all day Saturday and Sunday 10 - 5, and all supplies are included

Cloisonne Enameling - $175
In this workshop you will learn the entire process of creating cloisonné, with delicate lines of precious metal delineating patterns and images. Create a suitable design, bend and apply the cloisonné wires, apply multiple layers of enamel and fuse them in the kiln, and grind and flash-fire the finished enamel. You will be provided with materials, and complete at least one
piece that can be worn as a pendant.

September 26th - 28th
or November 14th - 16th or December 12th - 14th

Painted Enameling - $175
In this workshop, you will learn a straightforward way to add fine details to your enamels. The use of painting enamels began in medieval France, (which is why this technique is sometimes referred to as "Limoges" enameling), but is perfectly appropriate for contemporary designs. Painting enamels are mixed with lavender oil and applied to a previously enameled surface. You will be provided with two silver blanks, and you will complete at least one small piece that can be worn as a pendant. (Note: for this class you must not be allergic to lavender)
November 28th - 30th

Engraving for Enamels - $195 + 30 engraving toolkit fee
This special workshop will cover two traditional arts: On the first day, you will learn a simple engraving technique that will add depth and brilliant sparkle to your enamels. Once your graver is fitted to the size of your hand, after ample opportunity for practice, you will engrave a pattern into a piece of fine silver. On the second day you will learn the process of cloisonné, and your engraved disc will become a base for a simple cloisonné pattern using transparent and opaque enamels. You will be provided with all materials to complete one small piece that can be worn as a pendant. The graver kit, required in addition to the class fee, enables you to continue engraving at home or in future classes.

November 7th - 9th



Bill Dawson will be a Visiting Instructor this quarter. He is a very accomplished metalsmith and an experienced teacher. He will be teaching the engraving portion of the Engraving For Enamels class; don't miss this special opportunity. For examples of his work, see www.billdawsonmetalsmith.com

Minimum registration for each class is 2, maximum is 4; small classes allow individual attention and encouragement to every student

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