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Enamel and silver ring. Jane Pellicciotto

Upcoming Workshop: Make a Prong-set Enamel Ring

Coming up in May is my first workshop. Thanks to Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft for including me in their virtual curriculum. They’ve had great success with their short virtual workshops, and I’ve even signed up for a couple myself. There are a number of jewelry colleagues whose workshops I’ve longed to take but they require a large financial commitment because they usually involve travel.

The pandemic certainly has its upsides as far as the world of virtual workshops is concerned. I hope that these institutions continue to offer these workshops long after the pandemic is a crisis of the past.

My original plan was to teach a polymer clay workshop using an image transfer technique, but there’s a worldwide shortage of clay and I didn’t want students to struggle to find materials. This workshop will now take place in June, giving manufacturers time to get back up to speed (fingers crossed).

In May, I’ll teach a workshop on making on prong setting for an enamel piece in a ring or pendant. Basic metalsmithing skills are required but you might pick up some good tips. There’s no experience required for the enameling part. And you won’t need a kiln. We’ll be working only with a torch.

Using enamel is a fun way to add color to your work. It’s also a nice change from a gem stone, so ubiquitous in jewelry. There are several ways to attach enamel to silver (or other metals or materials) and prongs are just one way. Riveting and tabs are also ways to combine enamel with other metals or materials.

Workshop details

This is a two-day workshop, two hours each day via Zoom.

May 16 & 26, 1–3 pm PST

›› Learn more about the class, see a materials list and register.

Email me with any questions. Here’s a direct link to Pocosin’s Jewelry & Metals workshops.

Peggy, the packaging genius

One of today’s highlights (okay, it was a slow day) was this Twitter post image with the caption, “This note that arrived with an Etsy order is… the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me. WTF Peggy.

A few astute readers wanted to know how the note ended up in the package if Peggy’s daughter-in-law did the packaging. One person theorized, but it’s anyone’s guess. Inquiring minds (this one) want to know just what the purchaser ordered. If I’d scrolled any further down in the Twitter comments, I would probably have landed on the answer, but I didn’t want to ruin the fun.

I can’t quite picture an exquisite handmade item accompanying such a delightfully crass note as this. Hidden away in Peggy’s seemingly rude note is someone who really gives a damn about quality packaging. You gotta love her for it.

And much as I’d like to write notes that, you can count on pretty pleasant packaging from me. But Peggy, you do you.

Here’s the original thread.