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Hearts of Fire

Level
Beginner
Session
3 hours
Description
Torch fired enameling is easier than you think. By using a torch you will experience all of the stages of enameling and get a feel for the process. Students will have the opportunity to custom cut their designs and will only be limited by the materials and their creativity. After we add color to copper we will set it off with a sterling silver back plate to give it interest and contrast.

Tools

Some tools will be provided by the instructor. Please refer to your registration.
  • Bench Block

    Steel or Anodized aluminum - Used as a hammering surface for metal stamping or working with metal.
  • 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.
  • Butane Torch

    Great for small soldering projects, annealing and torch fired enameling. Instructor will provide torch and butane for every class needed. (1 for every 2 students for most classes other than basic soldering.)

    Pistol style torches may be used interchangeably to the MaxFlame torches. Its larger head is great for heavy or larger projects.

  • 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
  • Chasing Hammer

    Used for chasing/moving metal. In my classes chasing hammers are used to create hammer marks on metal and riveting. Instructor will provide for every class needed.
  • 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 patinating. Classes that have a lot of dust do not require a mask, but it up to you if are you sensitive. (ie enameling.) Dust masks 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 Klyr Fire

    Jewel Tones

    Earth Tones

    Cool Tones

  • 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.
  • Fire Tweezers

    Used for handling hot metal. A must in soldering situations. Instructor will provide for every class needed.
  • Hand Punch

    1.25, 1.5, 1.8 mm. Used to make holes in metal. Please refer to class details for size needed.
  • Tool Hand Tools

    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

    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.


  • Metal Stamps/punches

    Used to engrave custom names, words or designs on sheet metal.
  • Tool Metal Ruler

    Metal Ruler

    6" metal ruler is preferred unless otherwise noted. A larger one will also work, however, it may be a little cumbersome.
  • Tool Ott Light or Task Lamp

    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.


  • Rawhide/Leather Mallet

    Shape and flatten metal without marring it. #2 mallet is a standard size. Instructor will provide for every class needed. A yellow nylon mallet may be used in its place, however a rubber one may not.
  • Tool Scissors

    Scissors

    Usually on the list for use of cutting paper patterns or the like.
  • Side Cutters

    Also known as wire cutters or snippers. For many of my classes I prefer Ultra Flush side cutters because it eases the workload. Ultra flush is the most flush you can buy as opposed to just flush cutters. If you don't own a pair of Ultra Flush cutters, you may want to invest in a good pair either Lindstrom or Swanstrom. There is usually not a different in price between ultra and just flush cutters so why not just buy the best? The image shows just a side cutter (top) and ultra flush (bottom).
  • Student Files

    Standard size is 2/o. For filing metal. . Instructor will provide to share for every class needed.
  • Tripod with mesh

    By using a tripod instead of soldering board you are reducing heat sink. Tripods are also used for torch fired enameling. Instructor will provide for every class needed.
  • 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 dap set

    Used to dap metal to create a convex/concave shape in metal.
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