If you love unique jewellery, take the beautiful surroundings of Flatford Mill as your inspiration and learn the art of enamelling using nature as your muse.
Enamelling is an ancient art from; most notably revived during the Art Deco period, which lends itself perfectly to making jewellery and decorative items. Learn how to fuse glass (enamel) in powdered form to metal – we’ll be using pre-cut copper blanks. This class is suitable for both beginners and improvers, so if you never tried enamelling before, or have already had a go and want to build on your skills, this class is perfect for you.
In this one day workshop, you will have a choice of pre-cut copper blanks, in shapes such as dragonflies, to embrace the natural environment around us. Toni will take you through all the stages of enamelling, from preparing your blanks, to choosing colours and applying decoration. Techniques covered include counter-enamelling, sifting, wet-packing, applying wire, glass media, silver leaf and swirling, although Toni is happy to discuss and demonstrate other techniques from her examples on the day for those improvers in the class. By the end will have made around 4 pieces of enamelled work, suitable to turn into jewellery, or perhaps for mounting as a piece of art. Toni will have a few findings available to purchase should you want to wear your lovely jewellery home.
Tutor: Toni Peers
Toni Peers has been teaching crafts at a variety of venues for over 10 years as part of her craft business called Curly Girly Crafts. She has recently updated her teaching qualification and has now achieved the level 3 Education and Training Award. Toni has vast experience in running a variety of classes including, Encaustic Art, Enamelling, Felt Making, Flamework (making glass beads) and Silver Clay.
Toni enjoys teaching tailored classes at her home studio as well as working with larger groups at venues such as Flatford Mill where students can take inspiration from the beautiful surroundings. Toni has been accepted into the Guild of Essex Craftsmen for her skills in Enamelling and Encaustic Art, she is also part of the Encaustic art teaching network. Her website is www.curly-girly.co.uk