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    Pastel.blue circle with bird and patterned enamels
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    Pastel.portait enamels and animal earrings
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    Pastel.patterned earrings
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    Pastel.enamel jewelry pieces in multiple colors

Torch Fire Techniques for Enameling 2.0

Get ready to upgrade your torch fire enameling skills in this 2.0 follow-up to Deanna Pastel's Torch Fire Techniques for Basse Taille Enameling.

During Torch Fire Techniques 2.0, students can expect a demo-focused virtual course that deep dives into numerous topics such as grain division and why it's critical in all manner of enameling styles for stamping, stencils and textures. They can expect to explore more three-dimensional objects using specialty techniques for catching enamel, and they can look forward to expanding on torch control and where the kiln can be an added advantage. 

These concepts will additionally branch into wet packing applications for champlevé (using etching surfaces) and fused cells in Argentium or fine silver. Silver foil application will also be covered to turn copper objects (including those with cloisonné) into silver colored treasures, for a fraction of the price! A brief overview of graphite on enamel with transparent and opaque powders will also be covered.

While this class is open to makers of all levels, some enameling experience is recommended. 

Meet the instructor

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Deanna Pastel was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2010 she received her BFA in Jewelry/Metals from Kent State University. Upon graduating, she was offered a position as a bench jeweler and trainer at Heather B. Moore Inc. in Cleveland, OH. This is where she began fine-tuning her skills in soldering gold, setting stones and hand stamping on silver and high end gold jewelry works. 

In 2012 she landed in Austin, TX, and began her career as one of the main teachers and as the studio director/coordinator at Creative Side Jewelry Academy. She spent 2012-2017 developing the school’s core curriculum, while working closely with other master artists and her students.

In 2018 she was granted an apprenticeship to spend two months working alongside artist Victoria Lansford doing macro chasing and repousse, and became a presence both artistically and professionally for the Society of North American Goldsmiths. For the past three years, she has expanded to teaching at multiple schools and colleges around the Austin and San Antonio area providing eclectic and diverse course offerings at all levels of experience. She also continues to work at her bench in her home studio doing commissions, custom and repair work, as well as her personal artworks.

Materials & Tools

The instructor has provided a supply list that can be downloaded by clicking HERE. If students have any questions about supplies, they will be forwarded directly to the instructor! 


Other/miscellaneous items: 

  • hard work surface

  • fan and open window - or ventilation system

  • safety glasses 

  • pencil, Sharpie, notebook

  • rags/towels

  • pump hair spray - suave, etc.

    • Preval system - instructor preference

  • KlyrFire


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