Intro to Torch-Fire Enameling: Basics and Sifting Techniques

Course Description

About this course

GET FIRED UP! In this workshop students will learn how to effectively use a torch to fire enamels. Different options for efficient and safe home/studio setups will be discussed and explored. Students will be introduced to the basics of enameling; what types of metals to use, how to prepare metal, the different types of enamel available, how to apply enamel, and what to look for while firing. After the basics are covered, students will learn multiple sifting techniques that will allow them to create dynamic designs in enamel. Inspirational work made by enamelists and metalsmiths will also be shared.

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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.


Enamels (at least 3 opaques below): ​

Enamels (at least 3 transparents below): ​

Enameling tools:

Hand tools:

Metal/raw materials:

Other/miscellaneous items: 

  • yellow highlighter
  • pieces of paper - old junk mail, etc. for stencils
  • comet or pumice powder
  • distilled or filtered water
  • safety glasses
  • quart size ziploc bag
  • scissors
  • rubber gloves - if using Armour Etch
  • tin can or extra fire bricks for make a "kiln" - optional
  • plastic containers with lids - larger than your tiles
  • small paint brush - 1 to 2
  • #2 pencil
  • eye dropper
  • particulate dust mask - at least an N95
  • old magazines - to work on top
  • paper towels - one roll
  • scotch-brite pads - 1 to 2




Marissa Saneholtz


April 17 -18, 2021


1:00 PM -3:00 PM


2 days

All Levels
Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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