Tutors: Bill Brinker & Brittany Nicole Cox ($1200) + $125 materials fee | Limited to 6 Students | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
This is a four day intensive class where students will execute engine turned patterns on fine silver that they will then finish with transparent enamel. Beginner’s Engine turning is recommended, but not required. The first two days will cover engine turning on fine silver with patterns executed on both the straightline machine and rose engine. Each student will receive 6 pieces of 1.25″ 20 gauge fine silver discs in the materials fee, but more discs will be available for purchase. The enameling portion of the class taught by Bill Brinker on days three and four will begin with a presentation covering theory, safety, materials and pitfalls, as well as a demo about disc preparation with polishing, doming, cleaning and bolt holes for appliqués. Students will learn how to screen, wash, and dry thier enamels. From there we will cover application, including klyr-fire options and technique, sifting, leveling, and drying. Practice will move to kiln supports, a firing demo with times and temperatures and number of firings to achieve desired colors and outcomes. Once students have done their first coats of enamel, Bill will show us how to stone/grind the enamel between coats and how to fill bubbles. The class will conclude with students learning how to apply the final finish on their enameled pieces. Students will leave with several finished enameled pieces of guilloché.