Amy Roper Lyons teaches one- to five-day workshops around the US, and offers private lessons in her studio in New Jersey.
Enameling topics include cloisonné and plique a jour; goldsmithing topics include texturing metal, stone-setting, setting for enamelists, and CAD. Upcoming classes are posted below. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
2019 Workshop Schedule:
Sept. 27-29 - The Guilded Lynx, Ridgefield, CT - Topic TBD
Workshops topics include:
Techniques For Enriching Cloissoné Enameling: Adding Texture, Pattern and Markings
Learn methods to add subtlety, complexity and a gestural feel to your cloisonné designs. In addition to the basics of wire bending and wet packing, we will cover an assortment of techniques for incorporating texture, pattern, and markings into the cloisonné. Texturing base metal, using textured foils, creating a smooth color gradients, inlaying opaque enamels as accents, using underglaze and diamond burs for mark making, using foils to create a sense of depth, and more. Playfulness and experimentation will be encouraged as students use the techniques to create a cloisonné piece. Several different approaches to finishing cloisonné will be covered. Students will complete a cloisonné enamel piece.
Plique-a-Jour: Enameling Without a Net
Plique-a-jour is one of the most challenging but also most rewarding of enameling techniques. This class will break it down into a clear step-by-step method, revealing tips and tricks that demystify this beautiful art. Using fine silver wire and eutectic solder, students will fabricate a framework. The enamels will then be suspended in the openings of the filigree, and fired without a backing, the physics of surface tension holding the molten glass in place.
The class will cover the fabrication of the framework, the application of the enamel, special procedures for successful firing, and methods for finishing the work. Students will complete a flat project, and techniques for working three-dimensionally will be discussed. Beginners will gain an introduction to an exciting medium, and more experienced students will deepen their understanding.
CAD For Enamelists: An Introduction to Rhino 3D
Open up a whole new world of possibilities by harnessing the power of the computer for your designs. Learn to create filigree ready for plique a jour enameling, or beautiful and unique settings that will transform your enamels into finished jewelry pieces, all using CAD software. No metal skills required! Especially tailored for enamelists, this course will cover the basics needed to go from concept to finished 3D drawing, ready to print out and cast. Students will work through a series of defined projects introducing them to the commands and tools of Rhino 3D software, as well as a final project they design themselves. Information on how to have the computer-generated files printed in wax or resin, and cast in metal, will be covered.
Tab Setting: Innovative and Simple Setting Techniques
Learn simple and elegant methods for setting enamels, as well as large or irregular cabochons, using tabs. We will cover several different types of tab settings, some requiring no soldering to complete. A technique to add findings, like pendant bails and pin backs, by using tabs will also be covered. Students will bring an item to set, and will complete a pendant or brooch.