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eCourse, Learn to Enamel, Painting with Fire Studio

eCourse, Learn to Enamel, Painting with Fire Studio

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With this course, you will learn the Painting with Fire Method of torch firing enamel from the comfort of your own home. This is a comprehensive course that will take you through such topics as:


:: types of enamel
:: safety
:: setting up your work station
:: recommended fuels and why
:: metals appropriate for enameling
:: the sweet spot of the flame
:: where to place the bead on the mandrel for firing
::: how to remove the bead so that little clean up is required
:: enameling delicate objects
:: surface decoration
:: understanding color
:: creating compound beads
:: joining metal pieces with enamel
:: creating and enameling wire shapes
:: how to conquer the persnickety head pin
:: creating "twisty tendrils"


I'll also share with you some of my favorite tools, including the jump ring jig, which I use to create jump rings of any size in any gauge and from any metal.


TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Painting with Fire Torch Firing Kit
In order to participate in the eCourse, you will need the Painting with Fire Torch Firing Kit, which contains the all-important patent pending bead pulling station. The kit has everything you need to torch fire enamel, but the map gas and a heat resistant surface (i.e., ceramic tile, cement board, baking sheet, etc.). The torch firing kit, which is available with or without a Hot Head torch, contains three 3 oz. jars of enamel (a white opaque, a blue-green opaque, and a blue-green transparent), mandrels, beads, vermiculite, bread pan, hose clamp, and C-clamp.


Fuel
You'll have your choice of using Map gas or Propane. Either can be purchased at Home Depot, Lowe's, True Value, Ace, etc. Map gas is approximately $10 for a 1 lb canister and will give 8 hours of steady firing. Look for a yellow canister. Propane can also be used. The cost for a 1 lb canister of Propane is approximately $4. Look for a blue canister. I will explain the differences between Map gas and Propane, in terms of torch firing, in the workshop. Either is acceptable for the course. Availability and cost should be your determining factors because either will work.


eKit
An eKit, which is available for $35, has all of the materials I use during the workshop demos. You'll have a iron filigree beads, copper beads, copper shapes, mandrels, 6/20 enamel, liquid enamel, decals, a sifter, millefiori, annealed steel wire, etc. While your Torch Firing Kit contains all of the enamels you NEED during the workshop, I'll be working with a wide color range of enamels so that I can expose you to some of the beautiful colors of Thompson Enamel.


The Book
The book for this eCourse is, "Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry: a Workshop in Painting with Fire," by Barbara Lewis (North Light Books, 2011). Signed copies of the book are available to students for the reduced price of $20. However, the book can also be conveniently purchased at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Create Mixed Media, etc. I highly recommend that you purchase the book, if you haven't already. It was named the Best Craft Book of 2011 at Amazon for a reason. I believe it's a great reference book for anyone interested in torch firing enamel.


Because I've been teaching this technique for many years, I've had the benefit of learning from my students. I know what techniques may be more challenging and can emphasize different aspects of those techniques. I love sharing the Painting with Fire immersion method of torching firing. It is by far the fastest, easiest, and safest way to enamel anything that has a hole (bead, pendant, charm, etc.) Success in creating beautiful torch-fired enamel is at your fingertips!


This listing is for a 3.5 video course in the immersion process of torch-fired enameling.
With this course, you will learn the Painting with Fire Method of torch firing enamel from the comfort of your own home. This is a comprehensive course that will take you through such topics as:


:: types of enamel
:: safety
:: setting up your work station
:: recommended fuels and why
:: metals appropriate for enameling
:: the sweet spot of the flame
:: where to place the bead on the mandrel for firing
::: how to remove the bead so that little clean up is required
:: enameling delicate objects
:: surface decoration
:: understanding color
:: creating compound beads
:: joining metal pieces with enamel
:: creating and enameling wire shapes
:: how to conquer the persnickety head pin
:: creating "twisty tendrils"


I'll also share with you some of my favorite tools, including the jump ring jig, which I use to create jump rings of any size in any gauge and from any metal.


TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Painting with Fire Torch Firing Kit
In order to participate in the eCourse, you will need the Painting with Fire Torch Firing Kit, which contains the all-important patent pending bead pulling station. The kit has everything you need to torch fire enamel, but the map gas and a heat resistant surface (i.e., ceramic tile, cement board, baking sheet, etc.). The torch firing kit, which is available with or without a Hot Head torch, contains three 3 oz. jars of enamel (a white opaque, a blue-green opaque, and a blue-green transparent), mandrels, beads, vermiculite, bread pan, hose clamp, and C-clamp.


Fuel
You'll have your choice of using Map gas or Propane. Either can be purchased at Home Depot, Lowe's, True Value, Ace, etc. Map gas is approximately $10 for a 1 lb canister and will give 8 hours of steady firing. Look for a yellow canister. Propane can also be used. The cost for a 1 lb canister of Propane is approximately $4. Look for a blue canister. I will explain the differences between Map gas and Propane, in terms of torch firing, in the workshop. Either is acceptable for the course. Availability and cost should be your determining factors because either will work.


eKit
An eKit, which is available for $35, has all of the materials I use during the workshop demos. You'll have a iron filigree beads, copper beads, copper shapes, mandrels, 6/20 enamel, liquid enamel, decals, a sifter, millefiori, annealed steel wire, etc. While your Torch Firing Kit contains all of the enamels you NEED during the workshop, I'll be working with a wide color range of enamels so that I can expose you to some of the beautiful colors of Thompson Enamel.


The Book
The book for this eCourse is, "Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry: a Workshop in Painting with Fire," by Barbara Lewis (North Light Books, 2011). Signed copies of the book are available to students for the reduced price of $20. However, the book can also be conveniently purchased at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Create Mixed Media, etc. I highly recommend that you purchase the book, if you haven't already. It was named the Best Craft Book of 2011 at Amazon for a reason. I believe it's a great reference book for anyone interested in torch firing enamel.


Because I've been teaching this technique for many years, I've had the benefit of learning from my students. I know what techniques may be more challenging and can emphasize different aspects of those techniques. I love sharing the Painting with Fire immersion method of torching firing. It is by far the fastest, easiest, and safest way to enamel anything that has a hole (bead, pendant, charm, etc.) Success in creating beautiful torch-fired enamel is at your fingertips!


This listing is for a 3.5 video course in the immersion process of torch-fired enameling.

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