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MASTERCLASS Making Enameled Beads – Part 2 – Frontal (a.k.a. lentil) Beads with Barbara Minor June 5, 12 & 19, 2021 1:00pm-3:00pm ET
MASTERCLASS Making Enameled Beads – Part 2 – Frontal (a.k.a. lentil) Beads
with Barbara Minor 
Virtual Three-Part Demonstration Workshop using the Zoom Platform
June 5, 12 & 19, 2021    | 1:00pm-3:00pm ET
Since the early 1990’s Barbara Minor has been making and selling her individually designed enameled beads.  Barbara Minor’s Enameled Beads are unique because….
– of her singularly individualistic application of enameling techniques to her variety of hand-made, enameled bead forms  
– all of the parts for Barbara Minor’s Enamel Beads were made in her studio by cutting and forming flat copper 
and silver sheet metal into the bead parts that she enameled prior to assembly.  
– no pre-formed purchased beads were ever used.
This Making Enameled Beads Master Class is being offered exclusively at Pocosin Arts for the VERY FIRST time and is intended for those who have at least an advanced beginning or intermediate experience with tools and processes for both metalworking and enameling.
In the second of Barbara’s Master Classes on Making Enameled Beads, participants will learn to cut, form, enamel and assemble her second and very versatile bead shape – the “Frontal (a.k.a.lentil) Bead”. 
Participants will make their own enameled beads starting with flat sheet copper, enameling the bead parts and finishing the assembled beads. 
Barbara will take you through the many essential steps for making her enameled beads using copper and silver sheet metal including…
– choosing metal gauge
– precise measuring, cutting and forming the metal parts
– creating the dome for the bead form  and the side holes to accommodate tubing to line the hole
– edge finishing on enamel parts
– making and finishing assembly elements
– assembling the bead parts
We will begin with using opaque enamels to achieve vibrant and colorful surfaces.  Use of transparent enamels is possible.  Students wishing to use transparent enamels should be familiar with transparent enamel preparation (grade sifting and washing).
Barbara’s demonstrations and examples will illustrate and delve into how to adapt and utilize decorative enameling techniques that add interesting details and individualized designs to the bead form such as graded color change, brush and dump, sgrafitto and stencils.  Other decorative techniques that can be included – based on time and interest – are use of silver or gold foil with transparent enamels, seed bead application and decal application 
In addition to principles, practices and decorative techniques for successfully completing making enameled beads this workshop will include, within the technical demonstrations, discussion on other essential topics…. 
– work area, tools, materials – choices, set-up and safe procedures
– metals and enamel types and techniques suitable for this technique
– fast and effective methods for cleaning metal prior enameling
– particle size choices and sifted application methods for three dimensional forms 
– purposes and guidelines for counter enameling 
– reasons for using graded individual sifters
– set-up and considerations for firing formed and high domed forms 
* This course is not intended for beginners and will not provide a beginning introduction to basic metalworking and/or enameling processes. 
* Participants should have an intermediate level of experience with basic metal working and forming processes, basic enameling techniques and kiln firing methods.  
* By enrolling in this class, participants must acknowledge and understand that to get the best results they will need to have easy access to – or the ability to purchase – the specific tools suggested for making bead forms.
*  This is a “demonstration workshop”.  Students will work on making enameled beads in-between classes.  In order to work in-between class sessions on the techniques taught, participants will need to have access to a basic metalworking and enameling studio workshop equipped with relevant hand tools and materials .  Completing the processes taught is not mandatory, but recommended in order to get the most from the class.  
* 2-4 weeks prior to the start of class, participants will receive a detailed and annotated list of tools, materials and suppliers directly from Barbara 
* During the week before class begins, participants will receive…
– process order outline with images of examples when relevant or possible
– access to a Private/Hidden FaceBook Group for asking questions, sharing your progress, discussion with the group and examples.


  • Participants must have the ZOOM video platform downloaded on a computer or phone. It’s easy! Download here.
  • Participants must have reliable internet access and a computer or phone with sound recording and web-cam capabilities to participate.
  • Once registered, students will receive a video meeting code along with simple ZOOM instructions.
  • Please see the suggested materials list here.
  • Features live demonstration and the ability to ask questions. Participants will have access via Zoom to view the recorded demonstration one month.
  • Workshop fees are non-refundable but are transferrable with a $25 transfer fee.