Copper Foil Workshop at Region 7

Region 7 were recently treated to a wonderful demonstration given by Ray Lloyd on how to make beautiful enamelled replicas of sea-shells. Ray has refined this original technique, and his pieces make lovely ornaments or table decorations. The method he uses is outlined below.

Copper Foil Sea-Shells

Equipment & Materials

  1. Small sea-shells (up to about 5cm and not too knobbly, although they do need to have some “character” or they will not show up).

  2. Burnisher (preferably curved).

  3. Leather gloves (bending & burnishing can be hard on the fingers).

  4. Abrasive sponge, cream cleaner & toothbrush.

  5. Counter enamel, flux and coloured enamel powders (see suggestions below).

  6. Copper foil/shim.

  7. Klyr fire glue and paintbrush or klyr fire/water mix in mister spray.