Plique-à-Jour Techniques

Course Description

About this course

This class will focus on creating three-dimensional plique a jour objects. Using fine silver wire and eutectic (IT) solder, students will fabricate a framework. The enamels will then be suspended in the openings of the filigree, and fired without a backing, the physics of surface tension holding the molten glass in place. Emphasis will be on developing a personal aesthetic while learning to design expressively within the technical demands of this exciting technique.

Fabrication of the framework, the application of the enamel, special procedures for successful firing, and methods for finishing the work will be demonstrated, along with tips and tricks to demystify this beautiful art. Students will complete a small bowl or cup, or 3D pendant. Soldering and enameling experience is a prerequisite.

Meet the Instructor

Amy Roper Lyons

Amy Roper Lyons is a studio goldsmith and enamelist.   Lyons creates bold compositions of gold and glass, each unique piece made by hand in her studio. She combines enamel processes like cloisonné, plique a jour, and basse-taille with a broad palette of goldsmithing techniques including forming, carving, chasing, and fabricating. Lyons’ work draws inspiration from a number of sources, including her travels and the natural world. Her current series was sparked by photographs of space taken by the Hubble Telescope. 

Her award-winning work has been published in magazines and books such as 500 Enameled Objects, “Jewelry Artist“, “Ornament“, and “Art Jewelry Magazine”. Lyons’ jewelry is exhibited nationally at museums, galleries and craft shows, recently at the Smithsonian Craft Show. Lyons has taught jewelry and enameling at the New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts, the Newark Museum, and teaches workshops at locations nationally. She received her BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. 

Materials & Tools 

There is a $60 materials fee for this workshop that is payable upon registration. The materials kit includes various gauges of fine silver wire, eutectic solder, use of transparent enamels, and other tools and supplies needed to complete the project. 

Students should bring 
  • 10 - 20 Metal straight pins (for sewing)
  • New, high quality 00 or 000 watercolor brush instead (must come to a fine point at tip)
  • Notebook and pencil for taking notes
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Optional:
    • Colored pencils to make color sketches
    • Any favorite jewelry hand tools
    • Your own supply of favorite enamels

Optional tools (Metalwerx will have some for students to share):

  • For bending wires: AA ss tweezers, chain nose pliers, half-round pliers, flat jaw pliers
  • Wire cutters (flush cutter) or fine sharp scissors for cutting wires
  • Needle files



Materials Cost



Amy Roper Lyons


August 1 -5, 2018


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


5 days

Intermediate and above
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