Learn How to Enamel Jewelry Like a Pro in This Free Guide

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. Helen then shares 21 essential how to enamel jewelry 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 jewelry making technique.
 
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Learn how to enamel jewelry like a pro with this free eBook from Jewelry Making Daily.
Learn how to enamel jewelry like a pro with this free eBook from Jewelry Making Daily.

This eBook on how to enamel jewelry is essential for any serious jewelry maker.

Now is your chance to learn how to enamel jewelry, 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 workspace organized. With a small investment in tools and supplies, you can will be well on your way to enameling jewelry!

Learn how to enamel on metal in jewelry making in this free enameling guide from Jewelry Making Daily.

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!).

These 21 essential jewelry enameling tips from Jewelry Making Daily will have you enameling jewelry like a pro

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.

Create enameled filigree beads in this beginner–intermediate jewelry making project from Jewelry Making Daily.

Enameled Beads

Enameled Filigree Beads by Pam East
This beginner/intermediate jewelry making project is perfect for anyone who is ready to enamel 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.

Create this beautiful enameled medallion necklace using a microtorch in this free jewelry making pattern from Jewelry Making Daily.

Enameled Medallion

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.

Learn how to create these beautiful Raku fired enamels that creates vivid colors and designs from Jewelry Making Daily.

How to Enamel Raku

Raku Fired Enamels by Helen Driggs
Raku is a form of Japanese potterythat is created by hand of very porous clay. Raku fired enamels, like the ceramics technique of the same name, owe their iridescent and sometimes textured surfaces to whatever organic material is present, on fire, and smoking like crazy as it ignites and burns along with the enamel piece in an enclosed area.

Learn how to create these beautiful Tribal Shields from torch-fired enameling on copper that creates vivid colors and designs from Jewelry Making Daily.

Torch-Fired Enameling on Copper

Tribal Shields by Melissa Meman
You’ll love torch-fired enameling on copper! Melissa created some organic shapes like the ones used here in different colors and had them in her stash for quite a while, not sure what she was going to create with them. Then along came these fun and colorful glass head pins by Jen Cameron of Glass Addictions! The idea popped into Melissa’s head to add the head pins as an embellishment and the earring bail. The shapes can easily be adapted, and they can be left un-enameled for a totally different look.

This is your ultimate guide to learning the secrets of how to enamel jewelry.

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