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    Wells.Transparent and Opaque Samples
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    Wells.Clear Oval Enamel Samples
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    Wells.Blue Square Enamel Samples
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    Wells.Blue Circle Enamel Samples

Enameling: Cu. vs. .999 / Transparents vs. Opaques

Enamel is an amazing material that interacts playfully with and reacts differently to the varying elemental possibilities it is used with. This demo-focused virtual workshop will explore the numerous ways these interactions and reactions can be attained, refined, and honed. If you’ve never enameled on fine silver, this is a great place to start exploring your curiosity! If you’re wondering about transparent enamels and how to use them with your supply of opaque enamels, this class will be diving deep into this combination - covering all the hows, whys, and what ifs as they relate to transparent and opaque enamels on both copper (Cu) and fine silver (.999).

Meet the instructor

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Jennifer Wells is a studio artist and educator originally from the U.S but currently living in Italy. She holds an MFA, in Metalsmithing & Jewelry Design and has completed artist-in- residencies at: Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, Pocosin Arts in Columbia, NC and the Jentel Foundation near Banner, WY. She has worked for several U.S based Craft Schools, in a variety of roles.

As an educator, Jennifer has taught for and been a visiting Artist at Universities throughout the U.S and for study abroad programs based in Italy. She serves on the Board of Vita Institute and teaches short workshops on various enameling and metalsmithing techniques throughout Europe and the U.S. In recent years she has curated multiple international exhibitions focused on jewelry and enameling.

Her works are in the collections of the Enamel Arts Foundation, Racine Museum, All Russian Museum of Decorative Arts, Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, Yale University Art Gallery, Crocker Art Museum and Private Collections.

Materials & Tools

The following supplies will be used for course demonstrations and objectives. A suggested item and/or vendor has been provided below for reference. Click the vendor name to be redirected to a page where you can find the item. The quantities needed for each item are listed first. If ordering, please be aware that some items may come in larger quantities than needed for this class. We recommend not opening an item's packaging until the day of the workshop. Student participation during or in-between class sessions is not required - observers are welcome.

Enamels (note the following is a suggested list of some frequently used transparent and opaque enamels the instructor uses - they can be found at numerous retailers including Thompson, Etsy, and Enamel Warehouse)


  • 1010 Foundation White

  • 1040 Quill White

  • 1225 Lemon Yellow

  • 1305 pastel green

  • 1510 Ozone Blue

  • 1705 Petal pink

  • 1820 goldenrod yellow

  • 1870 Orient Red

  • 1905 pastel grey

  • 1996 black

  • 2110 wax yellow

  • 2310 peppermint green

  • 2325 gem green

  • 2610 sky blue

  • 2625 winter blue

  • 2835 rose pink

  • 2836 raspberry

  • 2910 elan grey

  • 2020 clear flux


    Enameling tools:


    Hand tools:


    Metal/raw materials:


    Other/miscellaneous items: 

    • distilled or filtered water

    • safety classes

    • old magazines

    • gum erasers

    • coffee filters

    • large mason jar or vase

    • rubber band

    • small glass jars - baby food sized


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