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Copper and Enamel Earrings


I really love the mix of copper and enamel in jewellery - the colour of the oxidized copper really makes the enamels jump. So continuing my "thing" about circles (it's been going on since I was a child!) I made enamelled discs in various colours and combined them with paddle-shaped copper "sticks."


 I haven't mastered the art of riveting enamelled pieces yet - it IS possible, I've seen other people do it but when I tried the enamel discs cracked. Another option would be to pin the enamelled discs by balling up silver wire on either side. I tried that too and only managed to ruin the enamelled piece. It did stick to the metal I wanted to attach it to but only because the enamel had refired and it would have cracked and fallen off eventually. 



So I stuck to wire wrapping the enamel disc to the metal - less risk of breaking anything!


I made these copper hoops a while ago and left them sitting on my work table until I decided what they would become. They became (......eventually) these wire wrapped hoops with three enamelled discs in turquoise, purple and mint wrapped onto the bottom so they can dangle in a shiny, happy, enamel way :D




Comments

  1. Love the colour of the oxidized copper too!Nice earrings!
    Greetings from Greece!
    ❁Anna
    Snapshotjewellery

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  2. They are all beautiful Lesley. i love reading your blog and seeing your creations.

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  3. Mi piacciono tantissimo le cose che fai... e queste in modo particolare! Posso chiederti quali smalti usi con il rame? Io ho usato quelli che in Italia si usano con la ceramica Raku, ma non vanno bene. Mi puoi dire dove li acquisti?
    Complimenti!!!

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  4. Thanks for your comments!

    Monica - I translated yours too :D I use Thompson enamel powders which you can buy from the Thompson website or from a Thompson supplier in Denmark at enamelsupplies.com

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  5. Lovely colours of enamels, I have not done any enameling for ages, I still have loads of thompson enamels left, I bought mine from a seller on etsy, barbara lewis. At painting with fire.

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