Silver Illuminations

Silver Illuminations

Details

Level: Beginner        Sessions: 1        Hours: 3 hours

Project Overview

Ready to move on from copper enameling? Silver, here we come! In this class, we will use fine sheet to allow transparent enamels colors to shine and show off the brilliance of silver. This technique will add new life to your enamel work. Students will have the opportunity to put their own flare to each piece.
 

Tools

  • Bezel Shears – Used to cut metal sheet. There are many available on the market, any of which will work, however they should NOT be serrated. (Tin snips or airplane shears will also work, however, they may be large and cumbersome.) If the project has curves in the design and you own a pair, bring curved bezel shears. This is an optional item for most classes. Shears will be provided for use during classes.  

  • Center punch – Used to create a dimple in metal to start a hole for drilling. Also used for riveting. Provided by instructor for all classes

  • Divider – Used to score metal to create lines for cutting. May also be used to aid in measuring for consistency. 

     

  • Tool Dust Mask

    Dust Mask– A MUST if you want to drill shells and pearls. However, this is optional for classes with fumes such as etching and patina'ing. Classes that have a lot of dust do not require a mask, but it up to you if are you sensitive. (ie enameling.)

    May be purchased at any hardware store. 

  • Optional Enamel Kit

    Items in this Enamel Kit including enamels will be provided for use during the class. If you are interested in ordering a kit please click on the image. 

    Enamel kit includes: trivet, sifter, penny brite, alundum stone, choice of one color kit, and holding agent. 

  • Tool Fine Tweezers

    Fine Tweezers – Used for moving small parts. Classes requiring fine tweezers will not work with fire tweezers. These are a cheap investment. Please be bring some. Optional for most classes.

  • Goldsmithing Hammer – Planishing Hammer – Rounded Raising Hammer – Classes requiring these hammers are utilizing the “blade” end for forming the metal on a wood forming block. Any of one of these hammers will work. 

  • Tool Hand Tools

    Basic hand tools – Any quality is appropriate for my classes. These do not need to be high end or expense.

    • Round nose - Typically it is preferred that the round nose be a fine tip. Especially for classes with detailed wire work.
    • Chain/needle nose – Tapered jaws for general metal and wire work. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes. Typically requested for classes to be used for opening and closing jump rings; in which case, 2 pairs are requested or a combination of chain nose and flat nose is suitable.
    • Flat nose – Similar to chain nose but the jaws are not tapered. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes. 
  • Tool Magazine pages

    Magazine pages of any kind – Take your pick. Or just grab one of the programs at the show. 

  • Tool Magnifier or Optivisor

    Magnifier or Optivisor – For almost all classes this is listed as an “As Needed” tool. If you have sight challenges it is recommended that you are properly prepared. For advance stone setting classes this is required! If you decide to use reading glasses consider better than 2.5x. 

     

  • Tool Ott Light

    Ott Light or Task Lamp - This is optional item that is listed for every class. It is up to you to determine whether or not you will need to have one depending on your vision. 

  • Tool Paint Brush

    #2 Paint Brush – Any small paint brush will work for these projects. A #2 brush was designated just to demonstrate that it needs to be small. Don’t bring a house painting brush! Just saying. This brush does not need to be expensive, a cheap disposable one will work.

     

                  IF a #2 flat brush is designated, again just looking for a smaller sized brush. 

  • Student Files – Standard size is 2/o. For filing metal. . Instructor will provide to share for every class needed. 

  • Super Grip Gloves – Optional for all classes, but most have found these very helpful for drilling class and classes that require a lot filing sanding. Not only will they protect your hands, but the grip will allow you to hold onto the stones you are working with. 

     

  • Two-hole draw down punch – This is different from a hand punch as it has 2 sizes in one tool. Instructor will provide to share (1 for every 2 people) for every class needed. 

  •  Wood forming block – Used for shaping metal.