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Torch Fired Enamel DVD with Chris Hierholzer

Torch Fired Enamel DVD with Chris Hierholzer is now on sale through the Ganoksin Project for $19.95 (You Save: 43%)

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.

Order your copy of Torch Fired Enamel DVD with Chris Hierholzer today!

Featured Articles

Lets Talk Gemstones - Peridot - By Edna B. Anthony

Peridot, often called olivine and chrysolite, is a gem variety occurring in the solid solution series between fosterite (Mg2SiO4) and fayalite (Fe2SiO4). The members of this most common solid solution series of the olivine group are the primary crystallization products of silica-poor but magnesium...

Tags: | Gemstones Information |

Pitch Bowls and Alternatives for Jewelers - By Charles Lewton-Brain

Chasing and repousse is carried out on various surfaces using steel punches to strike and manipulate sheet metal or cast objects. Flat pattern chasing or stamping sheet metal can be done on an anvil, or the bottom of an old iron which makes an excellent surface to strike on. Sometimes thin...

Tags: | Chasing and repousse | Small Tools |

Making a White Gold, Pearl & Diamond Ring Using Tack-Welding - By Mark B. Mann

This illustration is of a 14-karat white gold ring for three cultured freshwater pearls and two small accent diamonds. After preparing the wax, casting and pre-finishing, the ring was prepared for tack welding. There are 5 parts to be tacked – 2 small white gold settings and 3 white gold pearl...

Tags: | Fusing & Welding |

Juried Shows - Putting Your Best Foot Forward - By Andy Cooperman

There is nothing that will block the path towards acceptance in a juried situation more quickly than a poor quality or unintelligible image-- be it digital or film. The goal is to convey as much information about the piece pictured as possible without ambiguity or confusion. Relying on the jurors...

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Poor Mans Wax Turning Technique - By Lee Epperson

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.....

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