Intermediate Torch-Fire Enameling: Decals and Other Surface Additives

Course Description

About this course

KEEP HEATING IT UP! This virtual course is the second in a series of three and the direct follow-up to Intro to Torch-Fire Enameling. In this workshop, students will learn how to work with and apply underglazes, foils, and decals using a torch-fire method for enameling. Variable media will be discussed and explored, and emphasis will be placed on how to utilize underglazes to create fine lines, properly apply metal foils, and work with a variety of decals compatible with torch firing techniques. Students will have the opportunity to purchase a custom full-color decal to use during the workshop. Inspirational work made by enamelists and metalsmiths will also be presented.

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Please read the Materials & Tools tab!  

Meet the Instructor

Marissa Saneholtz

Marissa Saneholtz makes narrative based jewelry and objects using humor and sarcasm to comment on gender roles in American society.  She has been published in several books, including Art Jewelry Today II edited by Jeffery Snyder, Humor in Craft by Brigitte Martin, and Narrative Jewelry: Tales from the Toolbox by Mark Fenn. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and is in the collections of the Dorothy McKenzie Price Permanent Collection at Bowling Green State University, the Racine Art Museum in Racine, WI, and the Enamel Arts Foundation, Los Angeles, CA. Currently, she is teaching at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH.

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.

Metal/raw materials (Note that enamel should be lead-free and your pieces should have a layer of counter on the back and at least one solid layer of enamel on the front, with at least one piece being non-domed/flat. If ordering PnP or glass decals from instructor with your personal designs / imagery printed on, you can contact Marissa at [email protected].):

  • 3 x pre-enameled pieces of metal - 18g to 22g copper or fine silver
  • 1 x PnP paper - from instructor or (Techniks)
  • 1 x waterslide full color decals - 8.5x11" - from instructor or (Milestone)


Enamels (at least 3 opaques below): ​

Enamels (at least 3 transparents below): ​

Enameling tools:

Hand tools:​

  • 1 x scribe (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x sheet of sand paper - 220 to 600 grits (Amazon)
  • 1 x crappy file - you don't mind messing up (Home Depot)

Other/miscellaneous items: ​

  • comet or pumice powder - for cleaning
  • scotch brite pads - for cleaning
  • distilled or filtered water
  • safety glasses
  • scissors
  • tweezers - for foil
  • plastic containers with lids - larger than your tiles
  • small paint brush - 1 clean and 1 to get dirty
  • particulate dust mask - at least an N95
  • quart size ziploc bag - for dust mask
  • old magazines - to work on top
  • paper towels
  • tin can or extra fire bricks for make a "kiln" - optional
  • metal-only toaster oven - optional




Marissa Saneholtz


May 29 -30, 2021


1:00 PM -3:00 PM


2 days

Basic and above
Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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