December 9, 2010

Learn to Torch Enamel Copper Blanks! (and a giveaway!)

We'll be back soon with a winner!

It's here!
Beaducation instructor, Steven James, is firing it up with Torch Enameling.  This class is a perfect technique to mix with your stamped pendants. Make a cute collage necklace with a charm, a stamped blank and an enameled pendant. They are fun, simple and sure to please!

This class features three great techniques. Start with a simple blend techniques and then ramp up your designs with stamping and sgraffito.

Take that simple finished pendant and slip it on a chain. Color makes a dramatic impact on your jewelry designs.

So many colors to choose from, you won't know which one to sift first! All you need is a few simple tools and materials to get started. Steven helps you out every step of the way in this online video class.

To celebrate the launch of this exciting new class, we are having a giveaway for one lucky reader to win Steven's class. If you have not taken a Beaducation Online Video class before, you can check out how it works right here.

The giveaway is for the class only, not the tools and materials that are needed. Also, the winner will need to sign up for a Beaducation account (if you haven't already) in order to view this class.

To win, leave a comment regarding how you might like to incorporate this technique into your current jewelry designs. Enter now, through Monday morning, December 13. We will pick a random winner at Noon PST.

Good luck!

58 comments:

JenniferJW said...

I can think of a million uses . . . . . personalizing rings, cuff bracelets, tags, pendants, etc. I want to make a copper tag/pendant with shimmery blues and greens so it looks like an abstracted beach scene.

Judibeads said...

I would be able to add color to my designs by actually coloring the charms! Win or not, I'll be checking out the technique!

maneki said...

When I was a kid (11 years or something like that), we did some enamelling in school -- wood shop to be precise -- using a bunsen burner and copper scraps. But it's just been the last few years that I got an urge to take up enamelling with a torch after seeing some fab works.

I'd love to have a chance to win this fab giveaway! I work a lot with copper and feel that enamelling would be a fun and creative way to add colour and patterns to my components. One thing I'd love to try would be to (partially) enamel wireworked components. I wonder if that's possible? Wish I had the supplies and know-how to experiment and explore torch-fired enamelling...

Louise said...

I have worked my way through the jewelry food chain as a hand-eye therapy for my MS. I started stringing, built to eire-wrapping, on to stamping and soldering, and would love to learn a new technique to continue my growth!

nikki said...

I've been making spinner rings with metal clay and would love to add some color to the spinners

JewelryByJaws.com said...

I would love to learn this technique. I really like to add color in my jewelry with not only beads but with colored wire, stamping and clay. Enamel would be another great way to add color and I could finally pull out my torch and really use it. lol

Maria Paray said...

I have been working with metal clay and fine silver components, as of late - would love to jazz them up with some enamel work. Being a former decorative painter, I adore color!
PS your stamps work beautifully on the MC, both before and after firing! You were right :-)

sallyh12 said...

I just moved to South Carolina and I'm thrilled to have a workshop/studio with my new home. Now that I'm not working full-time I want to have plenty of time to devote to my jewelry making. I have my "wish-list" all ready for Beaducation. There are so many exciting things I don't know where to even begin. The enamel class would be a great addition to my learning.

sallyh12 said...

I have just moved to South Carolina. My new home has a workshop/jewelry studio and since I'm no longer working full time I have more time to spend with my jewelry making. My wish-list to Beaducation keeps getting longer. Can't wait to get started. Enameling would be a great addition.

kellynobelly said...

there are so many ways to use this!! I love it!! i would make add on charms for my stamped jewelry!

Kiley said...

I use enamels right now with my jewelry, but I would like to learn more/better techniques. I LOVE colors, so this would be a great class for me!

www.JewelryByGK.etsy.com

RedFox said...

ooh, I am making scrabble and domino jewelry so I would love to see if I can incorporate this in with that!

n's whims said...

i bought a beautiful enameled flower piece and used it to make a ring for myself. i could have sold this piece a dozen times on my finger. the flower has since been discontinued. would LOVE to replicate myself and then make many new things!!!

craftloon said...

I've been intrigued with enamels for some time...and to be able to torch fire is awesome! I would love to try them on some of my jewelry!

Wired Women Designs said...

I'm excited! Stenciling my own hand drawn design with the enamels onto my copper shapes will enable me to have a product line at a lower price point than my fabricated and hand forged one-of-a-kinds! I love learning new things! Even if I don't win the give-away, I'll be sure to take this class.
http://www.BarbraDavis.Artfire.com

Lisa Harding said...

A friend of mine from the Czech Republic made me some charms with copper and enamel on her stove top! She could never find the materials here so this is very exciting! I am a wire worker and it would be fun to use the charms with colored wire. She also drew pictures on her charms by using a toothpick. It will be fun to try all of this.

angie said...

I've been working with copper a lot lately and love it! I could see adding enamel to each copper component...maybe just a bit here and a bit there...to add some shine and color.

Krystie said...

I wouldn't know where to start on what project I would like to incorporate it into. But, WOW what fun will this technique be to learn!!

Ronni said...

I'm looking for ways to incorporate color into my metal clay pieces. Perhaps torch enameling on copper clay might be the answer?!? Having taken classes from Steven in person, I'm certain this one will be fantastic as well.

Jennifer said...

I surf, so I currently make stamped jewelry that is inspired by my time spent in the ocean. There is nothing that compares to seeing the eye of a dolphin up close or feeling the draft from pelicans flying just overhead.

I have been on a long quest to find whale, starfish, dolphin, seahorse and other marine life copper blanks, and I just found some online yesterday!! I purchased the class and now I cannot wait wait to enamel these shapes and share some "ocean love" with friends.

Kathy said...

I think it would be cool to do washer jewelry that was enameled. Not original but I love the look of it and there are so many ways to use round shapes!

MoonRae said...

This technique would be perfect to add some color to my bangles and cuffs andto the back of my etched pieces,and,and...... there's lots to be done with enamel. Thanks for the opportunity to win this class
~Sharon~

ndkrista said...

I would like to use this in starting to make animal id tags for the shelter so they can give with animals when adopted.

msteeleart said...

I am a lampworker and I would love to incorporate some of my glass beads with enameled jewelry. I would also like to make some stamped tags for dogs while adding enamel for some color. :)

jlsgrant said...

So glad you've added this class. What fun to add some color to our projects!

tremaker said...

I fuse glass and hammer metal so this is the perfect thing for me to try next! Being able to add color and depth to the copper sounds like too much fun! The first thing I would do is enamel a bunch of hearts and give them to my friends & family.

Deborah said...

I work a LOT with copper and actually took Steven's class (and a couple others in his Candy Components series) over a weekend earlier this year - it was a BLAST! The colors and combinations of enamels and stamps, etc., truly were limitless - TOTAL EYE CANDY!

I've often wished I could "return" to the classroom, though - it's hard to retain everything learned in such a short, jam-packed period of time.

This class is the PERFECT answer! I could "revisit and refine" to my heart's content - all day & all night long, if I chose!

Obviously, I would love to win - thanks SO much for this giveaway!

Karen Dougherty said...

Woweee! Looks like a blast. Thanks for the posts!
Karen

Barbara said...

I am always looking for focal pieces to work my designs around and this would be a perfect way to create some of my own!

For My Sweet Daughter said...

I would love to use this class to add handmade pendants to my jewelry. I am trying to make jewelry that it entirely made by me so this class would help me achieve that goal. Thanks for the great giveaway!
Shannon C

Rachel said...

I've done some enameling in the past, but this class would be a great way to get back into it and update my skills!

Debbie C said...

That looks like so much fun!

Alicia smith said...

I could add this to my jewelry making in so many ways.I think some pendants would looke awesome on my cowgirl theme gemstone necklaces.

Pamela Heyda said...

I am picturing a copper chain with little earth colored enameled leaves and a few beads hanging down like charms. Could be a bracelet but I'd go for a necklace!

IndigoEarth said...

It is always important to keep your ideas fresh and new and with new techniques such as this it is a wonderful form of renewed ideas for jewelry making! LOVE the idea of the versitility in the Torch Enameling! Wait to go Beaducation staff for another great way to add to our passion and to create for others!!

Vivien said...

I would absolutely LOVE to take this class!!

Chantel McCabe said...

Adding colour to my work using this method will take my metalwork to a whole new level! So many exciting things and techniques ... thanks Beaducation!

Stacy said...

I have been wanting to learn to enamel for a long time but I can't afford a kiln right now. I would love to make pendants especially in combination with etched copper.

Rebekah said...

Ooh! I'd love to win this class. I haven't ever tried my hand at enameling before, so this is perfect. I think it would be great to add charm to a piece of jewelry. And you could personalize a piece as well.

hellen5 said...

Have already been looking at simpler ways to enamel and make charms and pendants to go with beaded chains. This looks like a great way to learn!

earthwhim said...

I love this process..and I am excited to learn something to use for creating...it just makes me feel good...if you know what I mean.
I think it would be awesome to mix with wire and have some color and texture to anything new....

Mimi said...

I work with quite a few different techniques, but have always been a little afraid to try to enamel. I would love to learn to add these beautiful splashes of color to my designs. . .the possibilities are endless!

jysakai@aol.com said...

making pendants and beads with one of a kind color combinations.

DebS said...

I love the look! I'm just starting to do metal stamping and this technique would be awesome to learn.

kazknak said...

Coloured pendants. What a great way to make unique necklaces, bracelets and earrings!!! These would look great with stamped blanks and other beads....

Cherrie said...

I love this look and really want to learn to use it. I recently saw some of this at BABE and would love to use this technique when stamping necklace, bracelets and bookmarks. Love It!!

ParrotiseBeads said...

I would love to learn how to do the copper enameling! Can't wait to see the tutorial!

Kara G said...

I would love the opportunity to learn how to enamel. I do so much with the natural metals - stamping, etching, riveting, soldering, etc. - and it would be fun to incorporate some color into my work. Thank you so much for the opportunity to take this class!
Kara G - guidingers at hotmail dot com

Jiley said...

The possibilities are endless!!

Laurie Randazzo said...

I would love to incorporate this technique to our charms that my husband and I make together.
So excited for this new class.

flyingleap said...

How fun! Would love to learn how to add to stamped pendants. I like combining stamped things with my lampwork on pieces. (hmm. I wonder if my lampworking torch would work for this or if the heat would blow the enamel away)

Goddess Amaunet said...

My own family members and many friends have color themes so this would add to making things more personalized for them. I think colors could make for better pieces for men!

cindypieper25719 said...

I started out making jewelry as a way to relax after a long day at work. It helped me shut my brain down so that I could sleep at night. I discovered really early on that I couldn't worry about my work day and bead at the same time. I then discovered my love for wire wrapping, weaving, stamping and everything else I could get my hands on. I would love to learn how to enamel so that I could add that to my personal repetoir.

Donna T said...

I'm very new to this, so I would love to start off with an exciting technique! Your samples are beautiful!

danidesgns said...

Really great look! I know that I can incorporate this look easily into my everyday jewelry collection... My customers are going to be excited!

Lisa Lee said...

I would love to win this class! I work mainly with sterling silver and have been thinking hard about how to switch things up with the large increases in the silver market. Just the thought of working more with copper and pretty colors in enamel has got me excited with new energy for the new year!

Thank you for the opportunity!

Joe said...

My mother died in March of this year. She was blind and could no longer see my craft. Thanks to her pre-planning we will be able to build a garage in the spring of 2011. My husband is going to Put in a studio just for me...I have such limited space to work in now, I don't even have my kiln set up and running. Oh to have something NEW to do in my NEW space. I Love Color, I Love Fire and I loved my Mom. I will miss you mom. Having Christmas won't be the same with out you :(
dianne

Jackie's Southern Ties said...

I have always been a HUGE fan of copper - and even collect vintage copper jewelry! Learning additional techniques in jewelry design is always exciting, but learning more about copper would be over the top. Adding color to pieces in a way that would be unique would certainly set my designs apart from the crowd!