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Exploring Liquid Enamel on Dimensional Forms

In this demo-focused virtual workshop students will explore the potential of ultra-thin copper and its paper-like properties in combination with liquid enamel. The potential for this material to quickly transform into a three-dimensional form lends itself well to creating light and dynamic forms suitable for the enameling process. After an exploration of sheet manipulation, the instructor will demonstrate how various liquid enamels can be used to create a base coat to build upon or as stand alone elements that create interesting textures and color combinations.

Meet the instructor

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Tanya Crane is a Southern California native who holds a degree in Metal from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and a degree in Art/Metals from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She seeks adventure and experience, which has led to a lifetime of moving from one metropolitan city to another. These experiences have informed her work offering a diverse range of materials, which she has integrated into her jewelry and sculptures that speak more to her research about identity and race, than to the material itself. Crane’s work has been on view most recently at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts and the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Nashville, Tennessee.


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 view 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.

You will need enameling supplies for this course. The instructor has suggested the following colors of WG Ball or Thompson enamels - pick your preferred brand and color palette. You will need Thompson 303 clear regardless of which enamel brand you go with. Optional painting enamel supplies will also be listed.

WG Ball Liquid Enamels:

  • 1 x 4oz pack of ivory 12544 (E-namels)

  • 1 x 4oz pack of sky blue 12547 (E-namels)

  • 1 x 4oz pack of jade 12553 (E-namels)

  • 1 x 4oz pack of celadon green 12548 (E-namels)

  • 1 x 4oz pack of deep yellow 12549 (E-namels)

  • 1 x sample pack - if not ready to invest in larger amounts (WG Ball)


Thompson Liquid Enamels:


Painting Enamels (optional):


Enameling supplies (instructor recommends a kiln, but torch-firing will also work):


Forming tools and equipment. 


Metal/raw materials:

  • 1 x sheet of 6"x12" copper sheet - 26 gauge (Rio Grande)

Students should bring

You will also want to provide the following common items: 

  • dust mask

  • eye protection - for kiln / torch

  • glass containers - for mixing enamels

  • rubber spatulas - for mixing enamels 

  • old utility tweezers - straight-tip 6" - (Rio Grande)

  • glass beads

  • sand - from your local environment is fine

  • silver, copper, steel shavings and filings 

  • fan and open window - for ventilation 


If using optional painting enamel materials, you will need the following:

  • palette knife

  • tile - for mixing 

  • pipettes

  • 90% isopropyl alcohol

  • good quality paint brushe(s) - size 03, 02, 01 fine 

  • 1/2" flat brush

  • calligraphers pen with fine nib - size #512, #513, #107 nibs work


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