handmade jewelry & metalsmithing

Adventures in Torch-Fired Enameling

It’s the start of a good day- going to explore and experiment with the contents of this box!

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After ten years of metalsmithing, I’ve finally become curious about trying my luck with enameling. I’m looking forward to seeing shiny colors and experimenting with torch-firing. I’ve ordered sifters, trivets and colors. No kiln though- I want to be up close for the changing colors and molten glass!

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I’m excited-blue, yellow, black and white opaque enamel to play with!
But first, I will make copper earrings to hold the enamel.

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I love the potential of the copper to be shiny pink, black, purple and red-and the way that plays against the colors of the enamel. So much fun!

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3 responses

  1. You inspire me to try this w/ all the enamel I have small quantities of and nothing done yet! Did you have to do much “stoning/sanding” to the enamel surface or no? Your results look great.

    September 13, 2013 at 9:49 p09

    • Thanks! You know- I kept it simple and I had good luck that way. I used 18g copper so I wouldn’t have to counter enamel, I used hairspray instead of spray-fix, and I just polished with rouge on a felt wheel in the flex-shaft. I didn’t want to do something really complicated, and enamel is apparently more forgiving than I had been led to believe!

      September 13, 2013 at 9:49 p09

  2. Bruce

    I too have been inspired by your creative play to make something from some enamels I bought several years ago. Not only have you motivated me to play with the enameling process but as a Methodist pastor, I see your simple cross design becoming a wonderful inexpensive confirmation gift that can be individualized. For these things you have given me and more I am grateful. Yet what moved me to linger a while and leave a comment (which I rarely do) was “the more”. The visuals you provided to reveal your process captured my attention. Each photograph is a piece of graphic art that could stand on its own. As I consider what I’ve experienced from a rather random Google search that brought me to your site I realize that I’ve just had a digital encounter with an authentic artistic soul. Thank you and God bless. One last thing. Your final words describing your enameling adventure were inspired. I encourage you to meditate on them as they apply to even deeper things than enamel.

    February 12, 2015 at 9:49 p02

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