Enameling is a wonderful way to bring large pops of color into a piece of jewelry. With a little prep, a torch, and some skill you can make a pair of beaded enamel earrings, or a beaded enamel pendant!
There will be an assortment of enamel colors, as well as bead colors and sizes. You do not have to use an intensely pigmented color, as shown in the earring photo. Other, more subtle and/or partially transparent, enamels and beads can be used if bright and bold is not your style.
This is an advanced class and students must be pre-approved to use the torch and flex shaft, and have competency using pliers.
Competencies you’ll learn:
Bead Work / Wrapping
Bring a touch of “glass” to your ensemble and be able to say, “I made those/that”!
Please pack a bagged lunch and a resealable water bottle, as this is a 6-hour class. Lunch may be eaten upstairs in the kitchen/conference room - food not permitted in workshops.
Please read our Class Attendee Policy prior to class.
Location: ground floor Jewelry & Metalsmithing Shop.
Class Size: minimum 4 and maximum 7. Age Group: 18+
Registration Fee: $120 for non-members and $100 members.
Non-members will need to sign our General Waiver prior to class.
Materials Fee: $15 payable to the instructor at class includes copper wire & sheet, enamel, beads, metal ear wires OR satin cord.
Instructor: Shannon McCracken-Baker
Shannon holds a BFA, from Maine College of Art, in Metalsmithing and Jewelry. She was a professional artist for 13 years, selling her jewelry and other art. When her children were a little older she decided to go back to school and get her Masters of Art Teaching. After completing her Masters program Shannon taught High School students at a local public school. Her classes were designed and developed by her so she was able to build up a metalsmithing program!
This year is Shannon’s first year not teaching in a High School, since 2013. She now works at UNH and is developing a biofabrication and regenerative medicine program that will train teachers and students, (so she’s still teaching but it’s more focused on science and engineering specifically)!
Shannon loves art, of almost all types, and loves teaching! She is excited to work with new students and develop classes for them.