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    Werger.yellow brooch
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    Werger.red and blue enamels
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    Werger.blue and silver brooch
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    Werger.purple branch circle brooch
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    Werger.green plant brooch
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    Werger.yellow and red leaf fold rings
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    Werger.Enamel Ring
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    Werger.blue and siler brooch
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    Werger.yellow necklace and redish pin
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    Werger.enamels folded forms
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    Werger.yellow and red enamels

Color on Metal: Torch Firing Applications

Color on metal, without a kiln! Indulge your artistic spirit in this immersive 3-day workshop that will focus on a variety of of transformative applications for adding color onto copper, using direct heat from a torch and glass enamel powders!

Learn to safely use unleaded enamel powders to fuse vibrant colors into your work, master your flame control with the torch, and explore the varied surfaces that can be achieved in torch firing. This class will additionally foster experimentation with color blending, stencil patterns, overlapping, hidden textures or imprints, decals, and more or enamel work that is truly unique to each students and their artistic vision!

Students will be challenged to work with (and strike a balance using) the elements of form, texture, and color in tandem. Last, but certainly not least, participants will investigate setting their favorite enamel piece in a pendant or pair of earrings. Daily demos, presentations, daily schedule outline, and handouts on various methodologies for torch firing will be shared, as well as design ideas for building a settings suitable .

Meet the instructor

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Paulette Werger is a metalsmith and teacher who works in Lebanon, NH. She sells her work both nationally and internationally and is owner of Metalpeople East, a jewelry and hollow ware studio. She has taught metalsmithing at the University of WI, Montana State University, and at craft schools throughout the country.


Materials & Tools

There is a $13 lab fee per student for the use of the full Thompson enamel supply at Metalwerx as well as common consumables such as klyr-fire, flux, solder, gas, etc. which is payable upon registration. 

There is an estimated $50-$60 materials fee for this course payable directly to the instructor during class. Paulette will have a variety of metal wire, sheet, bezel, gems, pearls, and other supplies available for a-la-cart purchasing during the class.

Students should bring
  • sheet metal and wire you'd like to work with - instructor is selling these items

  • any non-leaded enamels of your own - MWX has a full Thompson supply

  • selection of stones or gems - if you wish to incorporate them somehow

  • hand files

  • mini-files

  • sandpaper and/or sanding sticks

  • safety glasses or reading glasses - for working up close

  • other personal hand tools (if not wishing to share communal tools)

  • studio apron

  • studio towel

  • closed-toe shoes - required in the Metalwerx studio

  • lunch - Metalwerx has a fridge, toaster oven, and microwave


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