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Enamel Experimenting And Gold!!


This week I have mostly been playing with enamel. 
I've been wanting to try using wire to create "cells" along the lines of cloisonne but nowhere near as exact {or skilled}.... no, I went for a slightly more rustic approach and used 16g {1.2mm} copper wire which I formed into jump rings then placed onto the partly fired second layer of opaque enamel and fired until the rings were fused into the enamel.



I pickled the copper rings beforehand to make sure they were nice and clean before placing on the enamel. I wanted them to stand a bit proud as I was then going to fill them with wet enamel.


I filled the rings with wet enamel then let the enamel dry naturally before firing.


They worked ok. There was some firescale on the surface of the enamel that pinged off the copper wire as it cooled but I think that adds to the rustic style. Next time I might try a thinner gauge wire but I do like the texture it gives the enamel in my first attempts.


I also spent some time teaching my friend Nicki how to torch enamel. She enjoyed herself and a few hours later went home with these pretties.


Gold!!
No, I haven't gone all Spandau Ballet on you, I'm referring to the simple gold studs I made recently after an order for gold ball earwires didn't go quite as planned. A customer asked if I could make her some gold ball earwires and I said yes of course I can and ordered the 9ct yellow gold wire. When I started to ball up the wire I discovered that it doesn't like balling up very much and quite a bit of it just shrivelled and turned black. I managed to get three out of the ordered five pairs of earwires made which my customer was happy with and then refunded the difference for the missing two pairs. 
Which left me with lots of mangled looking gold wire and a slightly annoyed feeling because I was quite a lot out of pocket..........until my brain clicked into gear and I remembered I have a rolling mill! Meaning I can melt the gold wire and put it through the rolling mill to make a small piece of gold sheet that I can then do things with!
So that's what I did and after adding a leaf vein texture to the gold sheet I made three pairs of simple studs.....


The studs have sterling silver posts and scrolls as I wasn't going to go as far as buy gold versions and gold solder. I'm very much still a silver girl at heart  
I still have a tiny amount of gold left so watch out for a silver pendant with a small gold ball somewhere about its person coming soon{ish}!


Comments

  1. Love the variation on the cloisonné, Tracy, and the gold/ spandau reference gave me a good giggle. Great recycling of the gold too, very creative! Have a good weekend.

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  2. Think the enamel work is fabulous, love the colour combinations.
    Heather :)

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  3. The enamel looks gorgeous - almost like a stained glass painting and so very art deco with the clean lines and bold colors. And the gold earrings, OMG they are out of this world, I cant believe that a person created them from wires

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  4. Hello - I just started enamelling about two months ago (yeah!). I found your site and am really enjoying your projects - you create beautiful things. Can you tell me what the orange colored enamel is called in the top photo. I love that color and would like get some and try my hand with that color. Thank you.

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    1. Thanks for your comment!
      The orange is a Thompson opaque in sunset orange.

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    2. They're all beautiful, but I love the sunsent pair the most. WOWSTASTIC! like my son would say. You really are inspirational to me 'cos I've started doing some enamelling since I started reading your blog.

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    3. Thanks Antonia! I'm still finding my way with torch enamelling and have lots of things I still want to try :D

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  5. The enameled pieces are fantastic. I love the bold colors with the geomteric shapes! Nice work with the posts. It must be tricky to set posts just right on studs!

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    1. Thanks Val, it can be hard to get stud posts dead centre on stud earrings sometimes. That's why I'm quite keen on making shapes that aren't circles!

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  6. All of them are looking so gorgeous I love last one i think its made by gold its perfect to carry on this small earrings. is its earrings ??

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