Setting Your Work Apart-Elevate Your Enamels
Setting Your Work Apart-Elevate Your Enamels
September 24-28, 2019 (This is a 5 day class)
Instructor: Anne Havel
Class hours: 10 am-5 pm daily
Where: Genevieve Flynn Studio, Kansas City, MO
PLEASE NOTE: ALL STUDENTS CONSIDERING THIS CLASS ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO HAVE EXPERIENCE IN ENAMELING AND USING A TORCH AND BASIC JEWELRY MAKING TECHNIQUES. NO BEGINNERS WILL BE ADMITTED.
Using a torch, a quick review of some methods of line creation and imagery within your enamel piece, using techniques such as sgraffito and graphite, will be demonstrated. From day 2 on we will discuss what gives work meaning and define what matters to you. That process will help guide the ability to set your work apart. You will learn to see objects and images in different ways, to help develop your vision and voice as an artist and expand your ability to give equal weight to planning, enameling, and setting your work. As well as helping you to see objects and images in different ways to help develop your vision and voice as an artist and expand your ability to give equal weight to planning, enameling, and setting your work. Use of screws, rivets, tabs, sewing with wire/threads and soldering will be extremely useful for more complex settings. Cold-connection and minimal soldering skill options for your piece(s) can be discussed. Enameling and metalsmithing experience is necessary. You must be able to solder and pierce independently.
Students can expect to learn torch safety and how to use an acetylene/air torch, using liquid, powdered, and other enamels and which is best suited for each application. Different approaches to firing based on the size of the piece, under-firing (sugar firing and orange peel) maturity firing and over firing and how to recognize when each is occurring. Different ways of seeing/thinking/planning for more unusual setting/mounting options, planning each step before enameling begins, riveting, tab formation, prong setting, various tips/tricks for clean solder joints. This workshop should encourage new ways to think and create unusual, original, and more complex settings.
Anne Havel quote “I believe what drives more complex work is meaning. WHAT MATTERS TO YOU? This is not a superficial question. You are to bring images, journals, photographs, etc of what has meaning to you. This does not include jewelry. The entire workshop is driven by this question.”
STUDENTS SHOULD BRING TO CLASS THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:
Old magazine 1-2 to sift on and cut up
Tinted eye protection (this can be purchased through Phillips. these glasses are specifically for protecting your eyes during the firing process. HIGHLY recommended) follow this link provided from the instructor https://www.phillips-safety.com/glassworking/glassworking-eyewear/shop-by-glass-filter/sodium-flare.html
Hand shears for cutting metal sheet
2-3 fine natural bristle paint brushes
ONLY PURCHASE BRUSHES IF YOU ARE GOING TO USE LIQUID ENAMEL OR PAINTING THE ENAMELS ONTO THE METAL
Blick Master Natural Brush-Round, 3/0 #05832-7030
(go to Dickblick.com)
Blick Master Natural Brush-Round, 0 #05832-1000
Copper Sheet 20, 22, and/24 gauge and/or copper shapes students might already own. Anne asks that you be fairly familiar with enameling, if you are wanting to set a larger piece, or most of the class will be spent creating the piece. You may also bring pieces you have already created.
Metals (sheet), wire, sheet strip, tubing etc. and/or materials you would like to use for your setting(s) Found objects, stones you like of appropriate size
Hard and medium solder
Dental tools for scratching
One sheet each of 150 grit and 220 grit sandpaper
Saw blades 3/0 and 4/0 bring several dozen each
Magnification if needed
Hand files, needle files
ANY HAND TOOLS THAT YOU DESIRE TO BRING. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE STUDIO IS AN INTIMATE SPACE SO LIMIT YOURSELF ON BRINGING ONLY WHAT YOU NEED.
Miter cutting vise and jig (if you have one) available at Rio Grande #112700 or #112701
Cut off discs for making perfect tabs Rio Grande #337-873
Sifters and trivets from Jean Van Brederode (717) 919-7444 She owns Enamel Warehouse You can order online or call her directly. (See below information for items needed)
The items listed below are the item numbers from Thompson, please give her the sizes needed
SIFTERS: 1/2” size (1 for each of the following mesh sizes 40, 80. 150)
1 1/4” (1 for each of the following mesh sizes 40, 80. 150)
Trivets: (2 pieces) Three point trivet 1 1/4”x 1 1/4”
(2 pieces) Three point trivet 2” x 1 1/2”
Drill bits sizes 50-69 (Bring the sizes that you most commonly use. Some bits maybe availabe through Genevieve Flynn Studio)
Items that you wish to incorporate into your setting with your enamel. If you want.
PLEASE KNOW THAT CATS ARE AN ADDED FEATURE IN THE STUDIO! If you are allergic to them then please come prepared with allergy medication. You will have access to a bathroom facility on the first floor, which requires you to climb stairs.
Please read the information below carefully before signing up.
As Genevieve Flynn Studio prepares in advance and expends money to do so, the class fee is non-refundable. If an extraordinary situation arises that one cannot attend such as illness, injury, family emergency etc. Genevieve Flynn Studio will discuss appropriate measures in terms of refunds.
Genevieve Flynn Studio is kept safe for all occupants. Compliance with all safety requirements are stressed and enforced. However, while working in and around the building, personal injury is possible. Students of Genevieve Flynn Studio agree to comply with all safety regulations set forth in this class description and agree to exercise appropriate personal safety precautions around studio equipment at all times for the safety of all persons. Students of Genevieve Flynn Studio agree to participate in this class at their own risk and that neither Genevieve Flynn Studio or Kevin Flynn, property owner, will be liable for personal injury sustained by students during class or on the Flynn property. By signing up for this workshop you, the student, agrees to abide by this disclaimer and cancellation policy.
SAFETY REQUIREMENTS WHILE WORKING IN THE STUDIO
Safety Glasses must be worn while working in the studio. If you wear prescription glasses, I recommend over the glasses style safety glasses. They can be purchased through Conney Safety. Conney.com
Equipment and tools are to be used only as prescribed and under the instructors direction/supervision
Long pants and closed shoes must be worn at all times
Long hair must be tied safely back/up
Loose clothing or jewelry is not to be worn
If you are asked to put long sleeves gloves or an apron on, it is for your protection so please do so
I highly recommend ear plugs or other hearing protection when participating in a class that has a high level of noise during participation or if you are sensitive to noises