Enamel is one of the most versatile sources of pure, luscious color. Powdered glass can be applied with great precision onto a variety of jewelry metals, including silver, gold, and copper. There are a variety of techniques for enameling jewelry, and whether you prefer painting with a broad brush or adding elaborate details, this free eBook has something for you.
Techniques and tool maven, Helen Driggs shows what tools you need and explains some basic rules of the road. Then Helen shares 21 tips from four of the most accomplished enamellist jewelers working today. And in "Enameled Filigree Beads," Pam East walks you through her simple technique of torch firing enamel onto a premade bead using a handheld torch. Whether you are a beginner or have been enameling jewelry for years, this free eBook is sure to teach you something new about this exciting and colorful technique.
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This download has something for both beginners and experienced jewelry making experts.
Now is your chance to learn about vitreous enamel for jewelry making, from basics to hard-learned professional secrets from some of the leading jewelers specializing in cloisonne enamel and other techniques! The most important thing to do is to keep everything clean. Contamination is always a hazard, so go slowly and be careful as you work. While you are working, be sure to open one jar at a time and keep all items clearly labeled to help keep your work space organized. With a small investment in tools and supplies, you can will be well on your way to creating enameled jewelry!
How to Enamel on Metal
by Helen Driggs
This article will introduce you to vitreous techniques, covering all the basics from setting up your station to the proper tools to keep close at hand. Helen also shares her secrets for getting the most reliable colors by making a test strip for every enamel you buy. This helps you determine the results for each enamel based on the specific kiln, flux, and metal you will be using. Don’t have access to an kiln? Helen shares three important tips to remember when torch firing enamels (these will come in handy for the free project included in this eBook!).
21 Essential Jewelry Enameling Tips
by Helen Driggs
Four expert enamelists, who have all devoted their careers to mastering the art of glass on metal, share their tips and provide guidance. Marianne Hunter shares eight tips including using thinner layers and how to break the rules. Amy Roper Lyons creates pendants of fine silver and cloisonne. Her five tips include cloisonne enamel and the most effective way to apply granules of gold or silver to the surface of your jewelry. Karen L. Cohen shares her four secrets, from what to do when wet-packing, to how to solve color variation issues when firing transparent enamels on copper. Finally, Marjorie Simon shares her tips for using hairspray (yes, hairspray!) as an adhesive, plus three more techniques.
Enameled Jewelry Project:
"Enameled Filigree Beads" by Pam East
This beginner/intermediate project is perfect for anyone who is ready to create enameled jewelry. At a Bead Fest event, artist Pam East was challenged by another artist to enamel fine silver filigree beads that he was selling. She discovered that her quick, 6 step process was so easy, that in no time at all she had made a handful of these beads. Rather than using an kiln, Pam shows you how to use a handheld butane torch, which makes this project accessible for jewelry artists of all skill levels. These beads don’t even need to be annealed, and should be cool and ready to use in about five minutes. These beautiful beads are perfect for earring and necklace designs and will be ready in no time at all.
Enameled Jewelry Project:
"Torch Fired Enamel Medallion Necklace" by Helen Driggs
Helen Driggs shows you how to create your own torch fired enamel “cabochons,” how to tab set those cabs, and how to stamp and patinate the surrounding metalwork, which you can put together using the chain of your choice.
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