I’ve embarked on torch firing enamel!

Another present I received is a book by Barbara Lewis titled “Torch-fired Enamel Jewelry: a workshop in painting with fire”.  In the past I had only done cloisonné enameling which is a labor-intensive process requiring many steps and it must be fired in a kiln.  Cloisonné enameling truly takes a lot of patience!  After reading the book, I just couldn’t wait to give torch-firing enamel a try!  Armed with a Hot Head™ torch and several jars of enamel, this is a collection of beads, components, and head pins that I’ve made over the past two days.  Not bad for a first try!  Rummaging through my copper sheet and wire stash I found enough material to start with.  I twisted up several beads, cut out star shapes and domed them in a dapping block, and turned several round silver beads into shiny colorful orbs.  And I couldn’t resist making a slew of copper jumprings and enameling them too!  I’m on a roll and eager to do more enamel torch firing.  I feel as if I’m on a new adventure and can’t wait to start incorporating these colorful objects in mixed media jewelry.  What a great addition to blend with pieces using polymer clay, resin, and seed beads! 

~ by BarbaraBriggsDesigns on December 28, 2011.

2 Responses to “I’ve embarked on torch firing enamel!”

  1. Barbara, These look wonderful! They are going to look great with your jewelry pieces … I can see them as lots of little dangles. Congratulations on a job well done! 🙂 Barbara

  2. Thank you, Barbara! Today, I’ll be hammering copper sheet to make several pod shapes to add to the mix…this is great fun!

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