Torch Fired Enamels ONLINE! 2-Part Demonstration (10/10 & 10/17)

Dates:
October 10-17, 2020  Check for other dates
Meets:
Sa from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, 2 sessions
Hours:
4.00
CEUS:
4.00
Instructor:
Avery Lucas
Fee:
$125  
Notes:
For safety reasons we ask everyone to comply with the dress code policy in the Metals Department: Closed-toe footwear (no high heels), pants/shorts must go below the knee, long hair must be pulled back from the face and secured.

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Course Description

Learn how to fire vitreous enamel powder onto metal in your home studio using a hand-held torch. No kiln needed for this fast action firing! Demonstrations will include, but are not limited to sifting enamels, using stencils, creating a firing trivet from an old metal can, and firing the enamel with a torch.

Some experience with enamels preferred.



Session 1
This 2-hour Zoom session will include:
- Safe practices for using a torch in the home studio.
- Metal prep
- Sifting enamels techniques
- Using stencils
- Crafting a firing trivet from an old metal can
- How to fire enamels using a torch
- Troubleshooting
- Q&A

In-Between Sessions
Students will have time to apply the techniques demonstrated in Session 1 and prepare for the discussion in Session 2. The Zoom recording from the first session will be available for review. Session 2
This 2-hour Zoom session will include:
- Time for Follow-up Q&A
- Review of techniques as needed
- Time to share your work and receive feedback from fellow students and from Avery

The goal for the second session is to provide time to ensure you understand the techniques and feel confidence to continue exploring on your own.

Students will have access to the Session 1 & 2 Zoom videos for two weeks after the last session.

There is no kit available for this workshop.
Students will Need the following items to practice the techniques: - A safe space to use a torch
- Acetylene torch (great), Map gas torch (good), or hand held propane torch (OK)
- Copper sheet or fine silver sheet (no brass or sterling) anything 24g-18g is great, scraps, cut out shapes, anything in the 1”-4” size range
- Vitreous enamel powder (Thompson Enamels are great)
- An enamel sifter, 80 or 100 mesh
- Dust Mask (N95 preferred)
- Tripod with Mesh Screen
- Metal tweezers, the longer and bigger, the better
- Stencils or thick paper (optional)
- Klyr Fire, a water based adhesive for enamel (optional)
- Natural Bristle Paint Brush
- Metal trivet for firing (optional)
- A metal coffee or food canister with label removed, we will go over using this to make a firing trivet
- Tin snips to cut the metal can, a jewelers saw can work too

Please note: The format for Metals Online Classes will differ from that of a traditional in-studio class. Registered students will receive an invitation to join a Private Facebook Group, where they they can ask questions and share photos/videos of their works in progress. We will meet as a class via Zoom for the 2-hour time listed in registration. Students will have access to Session 1 & 2 recordings for 2 weeks after the last session.

Participation in scheduled class time is restricted to enrolled students only.

Once registered for the class, students will receive a more detailed tools/supplies list with suppliers/order numbers and any applicable discount codes.

Cancellation Policies

Effective August 1, 2020, the Craft Center will have updated policies regarding Refunds and Cancellations for Adult and Youth In-Studio Courses, Adult & Youth Online Courses, and for Cancellations due to illness as it pertains to all programming schedule for Fall 2020 onwards. Please read through these policies carefully on our website's policy page.



Worcester State University ("WSU") & Worcester Center for Crafts ("WCC") Consent & Release of Liability for Online Learning

By submitting your registration for this course ("Activity"), you acknowledge that all registered parties are 18 years or older and legally competent to make this agreement. You agree to comply with all rules and regulations set forth with regard to the Activity, and you agree that all issues of civil liability shall be determined in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws. By completing you registration, you acknowledge that all registered parties have read and understand the below terms and that by enrolling you are giving up substantial legal rights that you might otherwise have, and that you have registered knowingly and voluntarily.

1. In the event that I should require medical care or treatment, I agree to be financially responsible for any costs incurred as a result of such treatment. I am aware and understand that I should carry my own health insurance.

2. To agree that the activity is entirely voluntary and to be fully aware that participation involves risk of injury and/or property damage including the possibility of short-term or long-term disability and even death; to agree that these risks can come from many varied causes and that many of these risks are not foreseeable; to acknowledge, accept, and assume all such risks.

3. I, individually and on behalf of my heirs, successors, assigns and personal representatives, hereby agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Board of Higher Education, WCC, WSU and their employees, agents, and representatives from all liability for any damages, losses, or injuries (including death) I sustain to my person or property or both, including but not limited to any claims, demands, actions, causes of action, judgments, expenses and costs (including attorneys' fees) which arise out of, result from, occur during, or are connected in any manner with my intentional or negligent conduct during my participation in the Activity, including traveling to and from an event related to this Activity.

4. To the extent authorized by law, I, individually and on behalf of my heirs, successors, assigns and personal representatives, hereby agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Board of Higher Education, WCC, WSU and their employees, agents, and representatives from all liability, loss, damage or expense, including attorneys' fees, that they or any of them incur or sustain as a result of any claims, demands, actions, causes of action, damages, judgments, costs or expenses (including attorneys' fees) which arise out of, occur during, or are in any way connected with my intentional or negligent conduct during my participation in the Activity, including traveling to and from an event related to this Activity.

5. I agree that this consent and release is to be construed under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and that if any portion hereof is held invalid, the balance hereof shall, notwithstanding, continue in full legal force and effect.

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