Settings for Enamels and More!

Course Description

About this course

Do you have completed enamels piling up that you're ready to turn into jewelry? In this demo-focused virtual workshop, students will learn a variety of setting options and techniques that will help them to creatively and effectively set enamels to create wearable pieces of jewelry. In addition to providing an introduction to settings, variations on the basics will be explored and examples of historic and contemporary settings will be discussed. The techniques that will be covered are also applicable to setting cabochons, found objects, and other alternative materials.

For more information about virtual courses, visit our Virtual Course FAQ page. 

Please read the Materials & Tools tab! 

Meet the Instructor

Marissa Saneholtz

Marissa Saneholtz makes narrative based jewelry and objects using humor and sarcasm to comment on gender roles in American society.  She has been published in several books, including Art Jewelry Today II edited by Jeffery Snyder, Humor in Craft by Brigitte Martin, and Narrative Jewelry: Tales from the Toolbox by Mark Fenn. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and is in the collections of the Dorothy McKenzie Price Permanent Collection at Bowling Green State University, the Racine Art Museum in Racine, WI, and the Enamel Arts Foundation, Los Angeles, CA. Currently, she is teaching at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH.

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 (in red) 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 strongly encouraged but not required - observers are welcome.

Metal/raw materials (note that students can get as much metal as they plan to work with and it can be copper, brass, sterling, or nu-gold):

  • copper, sterling, brass, or nu-gold sheet - 20g or 18g (Rio Grande)
  • 12" x fine silver bezel wire, 1/8” x 28g or other size (Rio Grande)
  • 12" x round, square, or 1/2-round wire - 16g (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x #54 drill bit - if using 16g round wire (Rio Grande)

Torch setup:

Hand tools: 

Other/miscellaneous items: 

  • dust mask
  • brass brush or tooth brush - for cleaning metal
  • dish soap - for cleaning metal
  • eye protection
  • towels / rags
  • fan and open window - for ventilation




Marissa Saneholtz


February 26 -27, 2022


1:00 PM -3:00 PM


2 days

All Levels
Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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