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This 24 minute instructional video is full of close-up photos of the torch firing process in real time. In addtion to showing the firing of the uncdercoat, counterenamel and top coat, Chris shows you his interesting technique of carving through an overlay of gold foil to "draw" a design.
He also includes several different options for the torch firing set-up. Viewing this will help beginners without kilns or anyone wanting to try an alternate way of firing enamels.
Chris Hierholzer has been involved in metals for 50 years, in foundries, welding shops, and jewelry. He is fascinated with the process and its constantly changing creative aspects. He started creating enamels during the 1980's and during that time he was part time assistant to William Harper.
Imagine walking into your studio and having the skill and confidence to create anything you desire. From the tiniest ladys wristwatch, surrounded with articulated platinum leaves and set with diamonds, to enormous cast-bronze doors weighing over 800 pounds, your ideas can be made any size you want....
This paper will describe how to turn a block of wax into a pottery of approximately 1 1/4 inches in diameter and 2 inches tall. The pottery was turned in two pieces. The lower section below the ring below the inlaid stones and the portion above the ring. I have turned wax that is 3 inches thick.....
Lapis lazuli differs from other gem materials because it is a "rock" composed of several minerals rather than being a single mineral as the other gemstones are. The components of lapis lazuli include sodalite minerals, calcite, and pyrite. The sodalite minerals are the blue part, the calcite is...
"I'm not a secretive person," Song observes, 'but my work tells me I have many layers. I have a secret room in my heart telling me to do this kind of work.' Each ring has a outwardly expressive force, yet Song expands the commemorative function of rings to honor the inner complexity we all carry....