The process of enameling is one that intrigues me. It feels like an alchemical experience.
Step 1: decide on the metal to use. In my current work, that is copper.
Step 2: decide on a shape. Round, square, rectangular. Big? Small? In between?
The shape will also determine the final use – earrings, pendant, bracelet, cuff…
The bench, with some shapes in the works.
Step 3: Make sure the metal is clean by putting it into a pickle solution, then scrubbing with a brass brush and cleanser.
Earrings in the pickle.
Step 4 is the beginning of the fun!
Picking a color, prepping the piece with an adhesive spray, and sifting the color on.
Earrings ready for enamel.
And now comes the alchemical part…
I set the piece up carefully on wire mesh on a fireproof stainless steel trivet (it’s actually quite small), and ignite the torch.