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ANNOUNCING: Beginning Enameling with Steven James

Join Steven James, author of Discover Torch Enameling for an introduction to this amazing technique. Enamel jewelry has been with us for ages, and now you have an opportunity to learn how to torch enamel your own jewelry projects. Steven invites you to join him for this fascinating workshop where you'll learn how to work with enamels, torches, and a variety of tools that will help you become a better torch enamelist.

In this video you will learn several of Steven's favorite techniques that are designed exclusively for beginning torch enamelers. You'll have an opportunity to learn a little bit more about working with transparents on opaques and transparents on bare copper.

You'll have a chance to see how we use natural embedments such as sand, and salt. And also play around with embedded material such as foil, wire, and copper findings. Then, you'll get a chance to play with sgraffito, as well as seed beads, and finally you'll see how to work with curved surfaces. We'll also show you how use stencils, both stencils that you create yourself and stencils that you can purchase.

If you're ready to heat up your designs with color, creativity, and imagination, we encourage you to join Steven in this class and Discover Torch Enameling.


Who Is Steven James?

Steven James, spent his childhood breaking his art teacher's rules – coloring outside the lines, peeling the wrapper off crayons and making glue skin in the palm of his hand.

Now that he is older, wiser and craftier he still wants to break the rules, but he needs you to join in the fun. Put aside the responsibilities of your life and get back the creative connections you made as an 8-year old. A full-time elementary school teacher, who has made appearances on the DIY and HGTV networks he loves taking a break from his own routine and spending a few hours with adults who will hopefully avoid picking noses, scabs or fights and focus on being as creative and inspired as possible.

Long considered the alleged love child of Martha Stewart and Christopher Lowell, his published work has appeared in magazines such as ReadyMade and BeadStyle and books from Lark and Kalmbach. He has spread his love of handmade by developing craft ideas for TiVo, the Gap and the San Francisco Chronicle as well as various websites. His new book, Discover Torch Enameling published by Kalmbach Books in 2016 is available now.

Living by the mantra, "what are you gonna make today" Steven hopes to spark creativity in everyone he meets through a series of classes he teaches around the world.