Dianne  Brooks

Dianne found art after a 30-year career in corporate computer systems. Her favorite media include metal (silver and copper) and enameling, but she loves to use color to enhance the metals, so also works in lapidary (cabochons, opals and intarsia), glass fusing, polymer clay, wire, chain and beading. Her work has earned many ribbons in juried shows. She has been a student at William Holland since about 2000 has been teaching since about 2006, and takes workshops with nationally known artists. She regularly teaches all levels of silver/copper jewelry, enameling, and chain in Southwest Florida. Motto: Imagine it, make it, wear it and bask in the compliments. See her work at dianne-brooks.pixels.com

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Enameling I - Dianne Brooks
Marry glass with copper or silver, providing a range of design with color that can be a controlled or serendipitous as you want. Lead-free enamels used will include opaque, transparent and watercolor. Basic techniques include dry-sifting and wet-packing, sgraffito, stenciling, texturing for basse-taille, inclusions, kiln firing and safety. Enameling tools and supplies will be provided for your use. Lab fee will include handouts, enamels, supplies, tool usage and metals for five projects. Additional materials and supplies can be purchased from the instructor. A few basic metalworking tools will be available for use, but since our focus is on enamels and not metalworking, we will use mostly simple pre-cut metal forms. You may also bring previously etched, fold-formed or previously-fired silver PMC.

Lab Fee: $75.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-$80
Prerequisites: None

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Enameling II - Dianne Brooks
Take your enameling skills to the next level. You will learn advanced techniques such as cloisonn, champlev, and plique-a-jour. We will focus on wet-packing transparent enamels, both lead-free and luscious lead-bearing, on silver. Good piercing and soldering skills will be required for some of these methods. Enameling tools will be provided for your use. Lab fee includes handouts, enamels, and metals for 5 projects.

Lab Fee: $125.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-$80
Prerequisites: Silver I (soldering & piercing), Enameling I (not just enameling on PMC

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