Making Enameled Stones for Bezel Setting

Course Description

About this course

Delve into more creative ways to make jewelry and produce one-of-a-kind "stones" to bezel set in unique ways. This course is perfect for students who have basic metalworking skills but want to explore stone setting further and find new methods to introduce color and imagery into their work. The "stones" will actually be made by enameling on domed metal surfaces. Kelly will demonstrate various ways to design and form copper or silver sheet metal to make 3D forms using both the hydraulic press and basic hand tools. Some of the enameling techniques presented include using lead-free enamel powder and frits as well as ceramic oxide for line work. Students can expect to leave with a finished piece of jewelry, such as a pendant or brooch, as well as a series of enameled "stones" that can be used in future jewelry pieces.

Meet the Instructor

Kelly Conroy

Kelly Jean Conroy graduated with a BFA in Art Education and painting from Syracuse University in 2005 and a MFA in Jewelry Metals from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2013. She has taught metals and enameling at the Worcester Center for Crafts, and Jewelry I and II courses at UMass Dartmouth.  She currently teaches High School Metalsmithing at Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School in Sudbury, MA, as well as continuing education courses in Metals at Massachusetts College of Art and various classes at Metalwerx.

She works out of her studio in West Roxbury, MA and her art jewerly pieces focus on life cycles in nature and finding beauty in unique places. Her specialties are enameling, working with natural materials: carving bone, piercing mother of pearl, and casting.  She is included in Showcase 500 Rings by Lark Books, and is represented by Equinox Gallery in San Antonio, TX.  Her website is kellyjeanconroy.com and her wearable work can be found at tulipstokiss.etsy.com.  To see Kelly's process, please visit her blog tulipstokiss.tumblr.com

 

Materials & Tools 

There is a $50 materials kit for this class that is payable upon registration. The materials kit includes copper, fine silver, saw blades, and acrylic for die forming (to make a unique shaped "enameled stone"), as well as the use of all enamels and enameling supplies needed for projects.

Students should bring 

Please wear reasonably fire-resistant clothing that you won't mind getting messy, bring something to tie up your hair, and wear shoes that cover your feet completely (no sandals, no open toe shoes).

  • Safety Glasses, a dust mask with your name written on it, and a zip lock bag large enough to contain your dust mask. Metalwerx has these available for sale as necessary as well.
  • Notebook, sketchbook
  • Pencil, pen, and ultra fine point sharpie marker
  • Small box, toolbox, container for your treasures

Nice to have but not required: Metalwerx has many of these items available for use, but students will have to share.

  • An apron, smock or old shirt if you like
  • Basic metalsmithing hand tools (if you have them already and prefer to use your own)
  • Really junky and/or cheap paint brushes ranging in size from small to teensy
  • Fine point tweezers (2 pair – one for clean stuff, one for yucky stuff)
  • Scribe or awl
  • Images of anything you find interesting or inspiring
  • Your favorite scraps of fine silver, sterling and copper
  • Interesting items that can be used for stenciling (lace, doilies, perforated paper, etc…)

Tuition

$400.00

Materials Cost

$50.00

Instructor

Kelly Conroy

Dates

October 13 -14, 2018

Time

10:00 AM -5:00 PM

Length

2 days

Level 
Basic and above
Location 
Metalwerx
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