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!

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!

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


















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!


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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