On-line Videos

I'm happy to announce that my Creating Dimension workshop is available in an online format.  While you don't have direct interaction with the instructor, the online format is very useful for learning.  The workshop is divided into three separate sessions, under the heading "Master Class: Enameled, Multi-Layered Panels" and is available from AAE Glass in Cape Coral, Florida.  The 3 sessions:

  • Part 1 ("Introduction to Enamels") and Part 2 ("Thick Panel Basics") are available NOW from AAE Glass!
    • Part 1 gives you all the information on mixing, applying, prefiring, etc.
    • Part 2 provides a good understanding of the mechanics of layering, bubble control, firing, and so on.
  • Part 3 will be filmed in November and will hopefully be out by the end of 2017 or very early in 2018. This is all the advanced stuff on thick panels, with a particular focus on creating engaging glasswork that has great depth and dimension.  It also includes many special tips and demos on painting trees, clouds, sunsets, etc.

All 3 sessions are designed to be viewable on their own. You can watch Part 1 (Intro to Enamels) and get familiar with the materials before you jump into Parts 2 and 3. It's everything you need to know about enamels, even if you are doing just 2 layer work. (In other words, they build on each other.)

All the sessions include detailed handouts, and include liberal demos, tips, and other helpful information.  These techniques are relevant for any types of glass (Spectrum, Bullseye, or float) and most brands of enamels.

The videos (and handouts) are available once you purchase the session, and are viewable as many times as you like. The videos never expire. Please click on over to the AAE Glass site for more information.

A huge thank you to Tanya Veit and AAE Glass, who have been great to work with. Tanya herself did the final editing - and she makes even me look good!

Comments

First session

I bought the fist session and I was please by
the clarity of the explaination. I did used
enamel before and I had some ok results but not perfect.
With this session, I realised what was wrong. I am waiting to by
the next session.

Thanks!

Thank you for the comment, Sylvio! Im happy you enjoyed it. Part 2 is now available (as of late October 2017), and we film Part 3 in November (available early 2018)!

Confusion

Paul - I purchased both of your videos from AAE and am really eager to try out this technique. But I am very confused. The first video goes into detail about which enamels you prefer and which mixing mediums you recommend. You seem to be promoting the benefits of FuseMaster EZFire enamels and (same brand) screen medium. But then on the AAE link to your videos the supply list includes Reusche black, brown and blue enamels. Hence the confusion. Are you using EZFire enamels or Reusche enamels? I have used Reusche paints (mixed with gum arabic and with glycol). But not the enamels. So what exactly do I need to buy to try this particular technique? Thank you, in advance, for taking the time to "unconfuse" me, for your great videos and for sharing your techniques, tips and tricks.

Clarification

Hi Karyn

Sorry for the confusion. While I do like the FuseMaster EZ Fire Enamels and encourage those who are starting out to start with them, there are many brands that work well. In Part 1 of the video I review many brands and explain that it's largely a matter of preference, and that if someone has existing enamel that is suitable for painting they can continue with those enamels. I also make the point that there is no such thing as "one best brand", and your choice of brand depends on your style, the colors you want to achieve, and other factors.

AAE included these three Reusche colors in the supply list, simply because those are colors that I used in the mountain demo in both the Part 1 and Part 2 videos. So if you want to repeat that project just as I did it, those would be good choices.

But overall, feel free to use whatever enamels work best for you. I do enjoy the FuseMaster EZ Fire enamels because of the vibrant colors, and the fact that the bright (or "hot") colors such as red and orange do very well, and they resist burnout without the need to vent your kiln. In my own work I use mostly FuseMaster EZ Fire enamels, but also use Reusche, Ferro Sunshine Series, and Kaiser enamels - depending on the project. Other good brands are covered in Part 1.

I can also add (to help clear up another common question) that while I use Spectrum glass in the videos and in most of my own work, Bullseye glass works as well, and float is also a possibility (assuming you have float powder, which is covered in Part 2). I address this glass brand topic in more detail in Part 3 of the video (which will be available in early 2018).

I hope this helps!

Paul Messink

Paul, Yes, that helps a lot!

Paul,
Yes, that helps a lot! Thank you so much for your clarification and for your quick reply. I did not want to purchase the Reusche enamels unless I had to. I have already purchased a number of EZFire colors and will play with them for a while. If they do not seem to work for me I will try the Reusche.
Looking forward to Part Three!
All the best,
Karyn

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