05/27 - 05/28 Enameling Using Embossing Folders with Leslie Perrino


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Saturday - Sunday, May 27 - 28, 2023 
9:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT

Instructor: Leslie Perrino

All Levels

Zoom link and instructions for joining the call will be emailed 1 day prior to class.

The class supply list is below and contains links to buy the supplies you need.

This class will be recorded, and the recording will be available for students to access through their Little Metal Foxes accounts for a full month after the live class.

Embossing is a fun and rewarding way to get depth and dramatic detail on your enameled pieces. The resulting pieces are lightweight, colorful, and unique

In this class using very thin copper tooling foil and embossing folders with liquid and powdered enamels, students can create a large variety of detail and color.

Demonstrations will include how to choose and use embossing folders to texture and customize the foil and using liquid and powdered enamel to create a wide variety of patterns, textures, and colors.

I will also address options for setting the resulting pieces. I will be showing you the technique using a kiln, but it is adaptable to torch firing.



Supply List for Students

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Recommended Tools:

  • Embossing Folders can be found at craft stores and online. Google “embossing folders” and pick smaller folders ( 5.9" x 4.1") and patterns for best results. Here are a few to get you started -
  • 36 gauge copper tooling foil - Must be 100% copper, 36 gauge. (34 gauge will work in a pinch)
  • Rolling mill or embosser. I will be using a rolling mill to create the embossing patterns in the copper foil they are pricey, But you can use an embossing machine that works with copper tooling foil. I have heard that a pasta machine works ok.
  • Enamels - I will be using liquid enamel 533 white and assorted Thompson unleaded transparent enamels, 2000 series. Feel free to try your favorites. Liquid enamels work well, they create thin layers.

Other Supplies:

The resulting pieces are too thin and fragile to work alone as jewelry unless you set them. If you are a metalsmith you can make your own.  Otherwise, pre-made bezels are available: 

  • Amazon, search for "Pendant trays"
  • Perfect Pendants Plus or search for “pendant trays” (Etsy)
  • Parawire.com (previously Metalliferous.com), search for “brass rolled-edge bezel”
  • E 6000 glue 
  • Cheap brushes to apply liquid enamel, stirrers, a cup of water for rinsing, paper towels
  • Sifters and Klyr Fire to apply powdered enamel
  • Scissors to cut shapes from embossed sheets
  • Sharpies
  • Wooden dapping block
  • Circle templates
  • Ball stylus set (clay tools, burnishers)
  • Heat source to dry liquid enamels. Can be a coffee warmer, heat tray, top of the kiln, or heat gun.
  • Toothpicks
  • Kiln - Use your preferred enameling kiln. As long as you have a swing-type door and the kiln will hold at 1500 you are good to go. If you are buying new, below are suggestions for enameling set up. I highly recommend a sentry express or other programming device. Here are a couple of choices from the paragon Kiln website:
  • Trivets - I use three-point trivets, they come in various sizes
  • Heat-proof surface, tiles, bricks, marble, etc.
  • Firing racks
  • Firing fork
  • Long tweezers to move pieces from the trivet

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