Enamel Beyond the Crosshairs

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Enamel Beyond the Crosshairs

Level
Intermediate
Session
2, 1.5 hours, on-line
Description
Students will learn the basics of torch fired enameling and bezel setting a cabochon. This will be a two part class starting with the enamel in part 1, then we will put it all together with a little soldering in part 2. Classses are conducted on Zoom. Written instructions and detailed materials list will be provided before the commencement of class.

Tools

Tools required to complete project.
  • Bench Block

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

    Used to burnish or smooth the surface of metal. For most projects using this tool you will want at least a 3mm ball. This tool may also be found at your local craft store for use with clay or nail art.

  • Enamel Kit

    Items in this Enamel Kit including enamels will be provided for use during in person classes. Thus is considered optional. 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.
  • 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.
       
  • Heavy Duty Cutters

    Although any heavy duty cutter will work, if they are flush, they will make your work a lot easier. Cutter should be able to cut through 10g wire. (Many cutters imprint their cutting capacity on the inside of the handle.) Keiba and Xuron are recommended.
  • 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.


  • Tool Metal Dap Set

    Metal Dap Set

    Used to dap metal to create a cup shape. 3 sets will be provided during classes to share. If you are bringing a set, please check with the instructor for needed sizes. Usually an entire set is needed for a class, only parts. This will lessen the weight you need to carry.
  • Needle File Set

    Used for filing smaller pieces of metal and tight places. When required, either diamond coated or fine tooth is preferred. Some students may prefer to use smaller files as opposed to the student files for their projects.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Soldering Kit

    (Optional) 
    Items in this Soldering Kit will be provided for use during the class. If you are interested in ordering a kit please click on the image. Kit includes: Butane torch, butane, 1 tube solder paste, fire tweezers, copper tweezers, Sparex, tripod with mesh, flux, soldering board. (Note: kit will be delivered at class. If you require the kit prior to class please contact us to make arrangements.

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