Fancy Foils: Creative Applications for Foil on Enamel

Course Description

About this course

Metal foils are mostly used in enameling to enhance transparent enamel when working on copper, but offer a variety of other opportunities for creative use! This live, virtual workshop addresses three of these unique applications for precious metal foil on enamel work. Students will first learn how to prepare and cut their foils before moving on to proper application techniques on an enameled surface. This course will also cover layering techniques to create dimensional effects and adding foils as a reflective finishing touch on the surface of finished pieces. Silver foils will be the focus of this workshop. 

This course will consist of two sessions. There will be a no-class day between each session.

Class will be held live via Zoom during the designated time frames. A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent via email.

Each session will be recorded and you will receive a password protected link to the recordings that will expire after 30 days. 

Please read the Materials & Tools tab! 

Meet the Instructor

Barbara Seidenath

Barbara Seidenath was born and raised in Munich, Germany. She studied Jewelry making at the State School for Glass and Jewelry in Neugablonz, Germany where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Goldsmithing, followed by a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich.

Seidenath has been on the teaching faculty of the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI for nearly three decades. She also taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and has been a faculty member at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has taught many seminars and workshops in the U.S. and abroad and has had her work shown in international solo and group exhibitions.

Seidenath's work has been seen at the American Craft Museum, New York City; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Design Museum of Munich, Germany. In 2002, Marjorie Simon wrote in Metalsmith Magazine "[Seidenath's work] is as delectable as the witch's house was to Hansel and Gretel. Putting it on would be like breaking the frozen surface and seeing the sun burst through again." Click here to read the full article: Bohemian Rhapsody - Importing Barbara Seidenath by Marjorie Simon [Metalsmith Magazine - Summer 2002]

Materials & Tools 

The following supplies will be used for course demonstrations and objectives. A suggested item and/or vendor has been provided below for reference. Click the vendor name (in red) to be redirected to a page where you can find the item. The quantities needed for each item are listed first. If ordering, please be aware that some items may come in larger quantities than needed for this class. We recommend not opening an item's packaging until the day of the workshop. Student participation during or in-between class sessions is strongly encouraged but not required - observers are welcome.

Enamels will be needed to complete class objectives - check manufacturer product details as some transparent powder forms are not compatible with silver (NO red, pink, orange, or purple):

You will need firing tools and equipment throughout this course:

Hand tools and equipment that will be useful for workshop objectives: 

Metal materials that will be needed to complete objectives: 

Students should bring 

You will also want to provide any of your own favorite enameling supplies and the following common studio items: 

  • punches and cutters - for cutting foil shapes - optional
  • distilled water - optional 
  • isopropyl alcohol - optional
  • dust mask
  • brass brush or tooth brush - for cleaning metal
  • dish soap - for cleaning metal
  • sink or bowls - for rinsing
  • rubber spatula
  • eye protection - for kiln / torch
  • glass containers - for mixing enamels
  • towels/rags and paper towels
  • fan and open window - for ventilation
  • clean fine brush - small 
  • tissue or tracing paper or baking parchment paper - 1 sheet




Barbara Seidenath


January 26 -28, 2021


10:00 AM -12:00 PM


2 days

Basic and above

No Class Dates

January 27

Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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