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    Cooke-Akaiwa.enamel necklace in white black orange
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    Cooke-Akaiwa.enamel brooches in white green black brown
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    Cooke-Akaiwa.enamel brooch in dark blues reds

When Enamel Met Steel

Are you a skilled enamelist looking to learn a new way of approaching the process and materials, someone just getting started, or somewhere in between? This demo-focused virtual workshop is suitable for enamellist of all levels and will cover the do's, don’ts, and overall approach of enameling on steel. The ferrous metal (containing or consisting of iron) steel behaves very differently from its non-ferrous counterparts (traditionally used for the enameling process) and this technique can therefore be intimidating to approach but opens up a wide array of options for enamelists.

Meet the instructor

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Ben is a jeweler and metals artist in Bloomington, IN. He graduated from Indiana University in May of 2019 with a BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design. He has supplemented his education through workshops at Arrowmont Craft School and an apprenticeship in Japan. He has participated in residencies at the Baltimore Jewelry Center and Arrowmont. Ben has exhibited his work internationally, in the United States, the Netherlands, Germany and Canada.

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.


Metal/raw materials:


Torch setup:


Basic enameling setup with kiln:


Hand tools:


Other/miscellaneous items: 

  • any other thompson enamel colors you like or want to work with

  • hard work surface

  • fan and open window - or ventilation system

  • safety glasses (for rotary and for bright light from kiln)

  • pencil, Sharpie, notebook

  • rags/towels


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