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ENAMELING ON FORMED METAL: PREFORMED BEADS TO BOWLS with Barbara Minor March 3, 10 & 17, 2021 12:30 - 3:00 p.m. ET


with Barbara Minor
Virtual Three-Part Demonstration Workshop using the Zoom Platform
March 3, 10 & 17, 2021  | 12:30 - 3:00 p.m. ET 
Dramatically curved, steep vertical and spherical forms present unique challenges for successful completion of a variety of enameling techniques.  
We’ll use opaque and transparent enamel colors to create vibrant and colorful surfaces as we work with sifted and wet application methods -  along with other decorative enameling techniques - on a variety of formed metal surfaces that range in size and function from beads to bowls and beyond.   
You can begin with pre-formed beads, small spun bowls or other pre-formed copper pieces.  The importance of working with pre-formed copper pieces is that one can learn to successfully enamel on those complex curved, vertical and completely rounded 3D forms without having to “make” the form first. 
Participants can also utilize other copper forms that they have made via methods of their choosing such as – raising, dapping, fold forming, die forming, repousse, etc.  Barbara’s demonstrations will address specific considerations for enamel application and the incorporation of decorative techniques on pieces that exemplify these metal forming techniques as well as those that participants may have made. 
We’ll delve into the adaptation of a variety of other enameling techniques that add interesting details and individualized designs to colorful enameled surfaces.  Barbara’s demonstrations and examples will illustrate possibilities for many decorative techniques that can be added to formed pieces – some of which are sgrafitto, stencils, decal application, use of silver or gold foil, drawing media and seed bead application - to formed surfaces.
In addition to principles, practices and decorative techniques for successful enameling in the round this workshop will include fundamental information such as…. 
  • work area, tools, materials – choices, set-up and safe procedures
  • metals and enamel types suitable for this technique
  • fast and effective methods of cleaning metal prior enameling
  • enamel preparation – transparent vs. opaque – washing vs. grade sifting
  • particle size choice for sifted applications on curved forms
  • purposes and guidelines for counter enameling – or – inside/outside balance
  • color choices – which TR do/don’t work well directly on copper or fine silver
  • reasons for using graded individual sifters
  • sifted and wet enamel application methods for three dimensional forms
  • set-up and considerations for firing formed and completely round forms
  • decorative techniques adapted– such as decals, foils, seed beads, stencils, sgrafitto, drawing media 
  • simple altering of spun bowls
  • edge finishing
*Beginning experience with enameling recommended
*Students will receive the following from Barbara 2-4 weeks prior to the start of class… 
- a detailed and annotated list of tools, materials and suppliers
- process order outline with images of examples
- access to a Private/Hidden FaceBook Group for questions, discussion, examples and exchange between classes


  • 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 Daniel questions. Participants will have access via Zoom to viewing the recorded demonstration  for two weeks.
  • Workshop fees are non-refundable but are transferrable with a $25 transfer fee.