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Cloisonné Enamel Workshop – James Carter

Cloisonné Buttons Finished

Cloisonné Buttons Finished

I had the great opportunity to attend the Cloisonné Enamel Workshop Master Class at the Bead & Button show under the instruction of James Carter.  This was my first experience with Cloisonné.  I have to admit, after looking at James Carter’s website, I thought I was in over my head!  His pieces are amazing and inspirational to say the least! On the first day, with tools and supplies in hand, I took my seat next two lovely and kind ladies that happened to be mother and daughter.  Both had experience with this medium, so I knew I at least had some assistance close by.  The three day class went by so quickly that I didn’t want it to end.

Here are some of the things that James passed on to our group:

  • Different types of gold and silver Cloisonné wire and what works best for which applications
  • Gold and silver foil types and what works best to enhance transparent enamels
  • How to clean enamels
  • How to blend enamels
  • Uses for different types of enamels and manufacturers
  • Wet packing
  • Firing

In the end, I ended up with two complete pieces that I was proud of!  I am hooked!  James made the experience relaxing and fun.   Here are photos of my projects.

The button with the blue flower has gold foil layered under the enamel.  All the enamels are transparent except for the red accents which are opaque.

I would definitely recommend this class to anyone….Here is link the James Carter’s website:

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Cloisonné Enamel Button - Unfired
Cloisonné Enamel Button – Unfired
Cloisonné First Fire
Cloisonné First Fire

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