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Rio Model 1000 Enameling Kiln

The Rio 1000 enameling kiln features three pre-set firing temperatures for enamels and six that you can define. Use the exclusive Rio controller to set and maintain firing temperatures. Perfect for all types of enameling, including tall…

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Plique-a-Jour Pictorial

This article Amy Roper Lyons offers two things: a Plique-a-Jour pictorial and three safety tips when handling or working with enamel. 1) Lyons has mixed her enamel powders with water and Klyr Fire (an adhesive), and they are now ready to apply…

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Enameling Care and Considerations

The primary reason designer Amy Roper Lyons of Summit, New Jersey, began working in enamels is fairly black and white: her jewelry needed color. “My first line was made of sterling with other non-precious materials,” she says. “It was…

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English Pictorial Enamels

English enamels made during the period 1750 to 1840 were chiefly ornamented with transfer printed images and mottos. While the most important innovations in this manufacture were connected with these transfer processes, other new working…

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2008 Enamel Foundation Conference

Our second conference was a success! The conference started promptly at 9 a.m., August 18 – a beautiful sunny day. Ben Caldwell’s demonstration of his double-torch, large-scale enameling was first up. He setup on the Thompson’s…

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Enameling Tips: Ritual Over Knowledge

This article is a part of a series offering enameling tips and what is most occurring that enamelists encounter. This part talks about the ritual over knowledge. ******************************************* There is a whole lot of fiction…

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Enameling Tips: Cause and Effect

This article is a part of a series offering enameling tips and what is most occurring that enamelists encounter. This part talks about the cause and effect of basic knowledge. ******************************************* There are contributing…

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Enameling Tips: Enamel Suppositions

This article is a part of a series offering enameling tips and what is most occurring that enamelists encounter. This part talks about enamel suppositions and assumptions. ******************************************* As taught and written…

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English Painted Enamels

English enamels, in the genre also widely classed as Battersea work [after the initial place of their manufacture] were profusely made from 1753 to the late 18th century, and there was continuity into the four subsequent decades. For the articles…

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Elsa Freund on Elsaramic Jewelry

We are often drawn to the naïve sensibility of self-taught artists in any medium. The fresh, unassuming quality of their work provides an antidote to a pervasive slickness of our highly technological society. Here, Bob Ebendorf recalls…

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June Schwarcz: The Malleable Vessel

Vessel and vesselmaking come the closet to establishing a universal language form; encompassing ceramic pots, holloware, fiber baskets, glass and wood-turned bowls, they are common to all media. In this focus on June Schwarcz’s…

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The Enamelwork of Jamie Bennett

It is a rare and most welcome event when a technical innovation is accompanied by an esthetic revelation. This is the core with Jamie Bennett’s new work, a series of brooches, whose electroformed armature is covered with what…

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The Enamelware of Leila Tai

Jewelry artist Leila Tai is renowned for her extraordinary one-of-a-kind pieces celebrating perfection in nature and for her masterful use of the 15th Century technique “plique a jour.” Born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon,…

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The Enamelwork of Bill Helwig

When enamelist Bill Helwig celebrated the half-century mark in July of 1988, his wife Lenore Davis, asked the celebrants to festoon the trees with colorful paper strips with famous Helwig quotes. Most were culled from his workshops and provide…

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Kenneth Bates: Dean of American Enameling

When I asked him who Kenneth Bates is, he laughed and replied “a simple dirt farmer from New England.” However, underneath his country boy smile, he’s a driving creative force. As a child, he had his own special spots in the…

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Origins, Evolution and the Practice of Enameling

More than 3000 years ago, someone spread powdered glass onto metal, probably gold, and subjected it to sufficient heat to cause it to soften, wet the surface, spread and adhere. We will never know exactly where or when it happened or exactly…

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The Work of June Schwarcz

There are few artists who can subtly control the relationship between what they perceive and the manner in which this perception takes form. The ability to communicate an idea tangibly is a thoughtful, emotional endeavor, dependent on a clear…

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Master Metalsmith Dorothy Sturm

Entering the enameling studio, one is struck by its openness. Light fills the space. Shelves are lined with organic vessel forms and dense architectural silhouettes. Glass and pools of color illuminate the density of these shapes, creating…

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21st International Cloisonne Jewelry Contest 2008

Although the entry period was the busy Christmas season, The 21st International Cloisonne Jewelry Contest received about 100 entries from 13 nations, such as from the United States, South America, Europe and Asia, and about 100 works from…

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Metallic Scratched Technique

This article describes how to do a metallic scratched technique in enamel designs in visual step by step procedure.  Metallic Scratched Technique Apply the industrial liquid enamel by pouring and rotating Once the surface has been covered,…

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Josiane Tragesar’s “A Way of the Cross”

In my capacity as Liturgical artist I recently received a commission from St. Columban’s Catholic Parish to create a work of art depicting the Way of the Cross for their new church. Part 1 – The Concept The medium was to be enamel, glass…

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W.W. Carpenter Enamel Foundation Workshops

This second conference, sponsored by the W.W. Carpenter Enamel Foundation proves to be an exciting week of activities, lectures, hands-on experience, and fun! The Second W.W. Carpenter Enamel Foundation Conference will be held August…

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The Enamel Arts Foundation Goals

Bernard N. Jazzar, President of the Board of Directors of the newly formed Enamel Arts Foundation, announces that the Foundation has received a non-profit designation by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) educational and cultural institution. The Enamel…

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Wire Wrapping Enamel Pieces

Everyone has long seen gems wrapped in small wire cages with hanging devices, and more recently, the Dichroic glass pendants with their caressing wire sculpture made into a bail for hanging on a chain or neck ring. They do provide a light weight…

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2009 Barcelona School Enamel Exhibition

Nuria L. Ribalta and her students from Barcelona School had an exhibition of their enamel works in France from the middle of October to November 17. The 2009 Barcelona School Enamel Exhibition’s theme was animals and insects with the…

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Intro to Enameling: Double-Sided Pendant 2

For the last couple years The W.W. Carpenter Enamel Foundation has held “Intro To Enameling” workshops that are designed to walk beginning enamel students through multiple procedures in a short amount of time. Three projects…

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An Interview with Leila Tai

In this article, renowned enamelist Leila Tai discusses her many motivations and inspirations as well as her creative process in making her award-winning works. When and how did you become involved in enameling? I took classes at the Kulicke-Stark…

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Terry Gay Puckett: Retrospective Exhibition

Editor’s Note: Terry’s Retrospective Exhibition had more than 30 enamels. The Retrospective Catalog has 26 pages with 31 illustrations. There are 14 enamels depicted (some of the enamels are as large as 17 x 14 inches). The…

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2009 Radiance Enamel Exhibition

Gallery 21, an all-white exhibition space in Spanish Village, San Diego, California, became home to the enamel exhibition, RADIANCE from October 3-25,2009. This square room, with a bank of windows on one wall, was transformed by Studio 5’s…

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The Enamelware of Pat Peat O’Neil

Pat Peat O’Neil, now ninety-two, started enameling in Girl Scouts when she was sixteen. They used a torch to fire pieces in a large tin-can muffle, setting on a stand that straddled burning logs. Later she graduated from the School of…

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John Killmaster and “The Quickening”

In the early 1980’s, I made a drawing based on the theme of transformation, a sudden, intuitive grasp of reality – an epiphany. When it came time to make a new enamel to enter in the Enamelist Society exhibition “Surfacing,”…

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From Art to Enameling Career

I would first like to introduce myself. My name is Jaime Frechette and I am a studio artist from Cincinnati, Ohio. I received my BFA from Kent State University in 1993 with a concentration in Metalsmithing and Enameling, and then took some time…

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2009 Exhibition of Enamel Art Work

A three person exhibition of enamel art work earlier this year by Veenu Shah, Kana Lomrur and Jyoti Singh created an enormous interest among art lovers and critics, many of whom were seeing enamels in this context and scale for the first time.…

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The Jewelry of Patsy Croft

“Bright colors we can find only in nature, quality craftsmanship that will outlast the seasons, and a promise to do my part with the gifts I’ve been given” – Patsy Croft, Alohi Lani Designs, Orange Beach, Alabama.…

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The Enamelware of Sean Alton

My affair with precious metals began while working with my father a talented jeweler who worked with spring movement. He once made a life-sized rose in gold that would bloom. It weighed a pound and a half, and a pull of a green gold leaf on the stem…

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The Enamelware of Radka Urbanova

Radka’s first encounter with enamel was in early childhood. She used to go to an Orthodox Church with her father and at the end of the service all participants kissed small enamel cross held by the priest. The cross possessed unique, extraordinary…

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The “Crystal” of the Royal Ontario Museum

A visit to Bloor Street and Avenue Road here in Toronto, Canada brings you face to face with the old and the new. The old, dignified and stately side of the Royal Ontario Museum rests squarely on Avenue Road and on Bloor Street the Crystal soars…

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Enameled Spiral Beads

I was drawn to the idea of making enameled beads by Edmund Massow’s excellent article, “Enameling Copper Balls” (Glass on Metal, Issue 19, 2000). In the process of attempting to make cloisonne beads, however, I experienced…

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Making a Metal Brooch Frame

This is a metal frame for a brooch which can be made without any soldering. Findings can be glued or riveted to the back of the frame. Fig 1. Bend over frame made from silver sheet You can enamel directly onto the frame or you can use it to glue……

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The Enamelware of Bev Yokley

The sun rises over the tree line and spreads its light across the fields. The horse, donkey, and pot-bellied pig are ready for breakfast. So is the cat. However, “Dusty”, the Border Collie, will not eat until she is certain all is…

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2009 Netherlands Enamel Exhibition

One glorious morning in June, my husband and I set out on a trip to the small Dutch town Ravenstein which houses a charming Museum for glass and enamel art. I had enjoyed my visit to the First International Exhibition, organized in 2007, and I was…

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Large Scale Enameling at The Enamel Foundation

The Enamel Foundation provides the furnace and offers the use of their standard workshop tools, equipment and workshop enamels. (A word about workshop enamels, considering the investment of time and expenses, one might want to supply his/her…

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The Works of Solveig Haukaas

Solveig Haukaas started to work in an enamel workshop in Bergen, Norway when she was near 17 years old. One day of each week she attended art school and in the evenings she studied accounting. After four years of study, she made an examination…

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Intro to Enameling: Double-Sided Pendant 1

For the last couple years The W.W. Carpenter Enamel Foundation has held “Intro To Enameling” workshops that are designed to walk beginning enamel students through multiple procedures in a short amount of time. Three projects…

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Teaching Enameling at the International Enamel Studio

One of the main tasks of the International Enamel Studio is to save our 1000 year-old enamel art and techniques and the other one is to help young talented people. Laszlo Gyegyadesz, director organizes courses for talented young people. Endre…

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The Enamelware of Alan Mudd

The English enameller, Alan Mudd, born in Lancashire, began his studies in the fine arts, and served an indentured apprenticeship as an engraver in the textile industry. This gave a wide-ranging background in design and comprehensive skills…

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How to Make a Bas Relief Bowl

This article, written by Dottie Wood, shares photos and step by step procedure on how to make a bas relief bowl. Read on for more details. I borrowed a kiln which had a controller that I could not figure out how to change the settings, which was for…

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The Influence of Enameling

My earliest awareness of the art of enameling occurred when I was only ten or eleven years old. My father, a prominent eye surgeon, had received a few of Karl Drerup’s beautiful plates as payment for treatment given to Karl’s young…

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Enameling in Kecskemet

Getting closer to the end of 2008, we can state that the International Enamel Studio operating in Kecskemet has had a successfully year. A lot valuable works have been made in all of the three programs of ours: Experimenting with the fine and…

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The Enamel Art of the “Nine Lively Ladies”

We are a group of artists who call ourselves “Nine Lively Ladies.” A year ago, I had to come up with a theme for our 9th show. What better inspiration than our name – Nine Lively Ladies. Each of us would produce 9 pieces, 9 x 9 inches…

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Byzantine Enamel Works

The exhibition, mounted at the Royal Academy in London in collaboration with the Benaki Museum in Athens, incorporates over 240 objects, spanning 1000 years of Byzantine artistic production. The pieces with enamels are thus shown within…

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Enamel in Academic Jewelry

In mid-April of 2008, the SUNY-New Paltz MFA Metal program suspended its rigorous schedule for about a week. What were they doing with this precious time only a few short weeks before the end of the semester, when seven of the twelve were soon…

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New Zealand Enameling Culture

When one looks at a world map to find New Zealand, it’s easily overlooked due to its location and size. This “spec of land” in the vast Southern Ocean, made up of two islands, is nevertheless a thousand miles long, with a population…

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Felicia Liban and Learning to Enamel

While living in Little Neck, NY, during the mid-sixties, I took an enameling class at the local YWHA. It took a while for me to overcome my fear of the open kiln, but in time it was alright, so much so, that after a few courses my instructor, Jeanette…

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2008 Mexican Enamel Exhibition

Last April 2008, at Galeria Medellin 174,in Mexico City, under the name of “Esmaltes Sobre Metales,” two artists exhibited their enamels: Alejandro Flores Horta, *EN RE 2,” and Maitza Morillas, “Incandescencias.”…

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Unconventional Enameling Projects

I am a self-taught enamellist. Having never heard of enameling, I began in the mid-70s with enamels and copper shapes that the local children’s crafts program was throwing away. One trip to the mall, the purchase of a small table-top…

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How to Make a Bezel

There are several ways to make a “box-setting” for enameled work pieces. This is one way on how to make a bezel. The piece you are setting should be finished, because every piece gets a bit larger during enameling. Don’t make…

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Large Scale Enameling at JSW Studio

After a long break we have restarted the JSW Enamel Studio, Vashind, Mumbai. A major effort was made in October 2004 to set up this facility for large scale enamel on steel with the combined efforts of Ms. Sangita Jindal and Ms. Veenu Shah of…

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Sansone Studio: Famous Enamel Works

Sometime around 1989 or 1990,I got a call from a friend, Steve Kissler, who owned a small gift shop in Old Town, Mariemont, Ohio. The store was called The Shaker Seed Box and featured furniture, boxes and accessories made in the Shaker style.…

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The Enamelware of John Smith

This article showcases the selected works from the enamelist John Smith exhibition at Kaskaskia college. The exhibition took place March 15 through April 4, 2010 at Kaskaskia College, Centralia, IL. About John Smith His background is in…

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Commercial Enameled Art Projects

The show season had come and gone. With my kids still in school, I was unable to participate in the winter fairs in Florida. I made a promise to myself to find somewhere to put my art. So for the first time in years, I unloaded my van. I figured……

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Making a Cloisonne Pendant Using Torch Fire

Cloisonné is a French word that means ‘to be confined,’ ‘to be cloistered.’ Traditionally, the cloisonné technique consists in making the contour of a picture by fixing very fine metallic threads on the piece…

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Creating Basse-taille Artwork

Although Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands, our government has its scar in Den Haag (The Hague). Therefore all Embassies are based in Den Haag as well. As there are also many large international companies stationed in the town, it…

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The Enamelware of Tibor Kopocs

In 1987, some drawings I had made were exhibited (about 30 etchings) in Szolnok, Hungary. A friend of mine, László Bokros, a painter, organized and directed the exhibition and when he saw my etchings, he shouted, “You have to enamel.”…

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Intro to Enameling: Cloisonne Pendant

For the last couple years the W.W. Carpenter Enamel Foundation has held “Intro to Enameling” workshops that are designed to walk beginning enamel students through multiple procedures in a short amount of time. Three projects…

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How to Quickly Dome Irregular Forms

With this procedure you can dome nearly all regular or irregular shapes or forms, as long as the edges or the corners of the form are not too tight. The procedure worked well with copper sheet up to 5 mm and fine silver sheet up to 8 mm thickness. Tools……

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Studio Enameling with Jaime Frechette

It’s hard to believe how quickly this year has flown. My kids are already half way, through their first quarter of school. I have completed my last art fair of the year and I am really excited to begin my next venture. I was approached, at…

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Layered Metal on Enamel Coats

While the tide might seem to have been chosen to be catchy or thought to be frivolous in nature, it actually addresses just what I have been doing with both materials for the last 15 years. I have been firing a coat of transparent enamel onto copper…

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The Jewelry of Tamara Sergijenko

What fun for me to reminisce about our early friendship: Tamara Sergijenko from Tallin, Estonia and I from middle America! We first met in England, at the first meeting of the British Society of Enamellers. (I can’t recall the exact…

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How to Make a Plique a Jour Fairy

This is a HIDI, (How I Do It). It is not the only way to make a piece like this, there are probably better ways, but this one worked for me. I also assume you are familiar with all the basic goldsmithing techniques. Figure 1 – Completed Plique-a-Jour…

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Making an Enamel Advertising Poster

Nested in the heart of downtown Cary, North Carolina, The Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival is a tradition steeped in culture and history. Each year, in the lazy days of summer, the third Saturday in August, this juried fine arts and crafts…

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Enamels in Medieval Galleries

The innovative Medieval Galleries, occupying a complete wing of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, have now been open for several months. There was extensive initial press coverage and a great surge of visitors: but with such spacious…

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The Plique a Jour Technique with Torch

Plique-a-jour, in French, means “applied to carved spaces” or “membrane where daylight passes through”. The ‘plique-a-jour’ enameled jewelry is endowed with gleam and delicacy. This technique,…

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Sansone Studio: Ancient Enameling Techniques

Artists Joel and Pamela Sansone are maestros of glass. Walking into the Sansone’s Studio is like stumbling upon a surprise, a vibrant gem, tucked in an obscure corner next to a dance studio and across the street from St. Mark’s-…

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Enameling Applications and Preparation

For more than two thousand years, goldsmiths have fused glass onto their work for color enrichment. Wonderful enameled work can be found from many ancient cultures, providing familiar icons of the technical skill and aesthetic sensibilities…

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Plique-a-Jour Russian Soldering Method

There are a number of methods for plique a jour, a filigree technique that allows light to shine through the enamel, much like stained glass. With plique a jour, there is no backing for the vitreous enamel; instead a structure of metal is made…

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Overglaze Technique

For more than twenty years, I have been using overglazes as a direct painting technique. My canvas usually is a fired, flux and white base coated enameled copper piece. Although I sometimes make a rough sketch for placement, I more often paint…

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The Enamel Material

Enamel comes in a number of forms: lump, string, liquid, and powder, as well as in the optical qualities of transparent, opaque, and opalescent. The important factor in selecting an enamel is that it be made for the metal you are using. Enamel…

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Metals For Enameling

The most commonly used metals for enameling are pure copper and fine silver. The fine silver is primarily used for jewelry because of its cost, color and the advantage of not producing a firescale coat like copper does when it is fired. The copper…

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The Enamelist’s Vocabulary

Each medium has its own vocabulary and so it is with enamels and enameling. The glass glaze material that is fused to the metal is enamel, the finished work is an enamel piece and the process is enameling. In other words, you enamel enamel with…

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Combining Enameling Techniques for Jewelry Making

Enamel technique has progressed in a logical and practical direction through the ages, advancing when inspiration, need or new technology permitted. Modern technology has indeed given us new approaches to technique but only from the grounded…

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Champleve – Photo Etching with PnP Paper

The use of PnP paper-originally designed to create printed circuit boards-to meet the artistic needs of metalsmiths, jewelers, and enamelists. With results similar to photo etching, but without the expense and more complex procedures,…

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Cloisonne Primer – History of Cloisonne Technique

In the late 20s, a small enamel tray, made in China, introduced us to the word cloisonne. The material looked like the granite ware in our kitchen. Obviously the wires were used to keep the colors separated. Then, cloisonne was enamel with wires…

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Raku Enameling

Raku enameling is an exciting process. It is smelly and dirty, and one is much more kinest hetically involved than when sitting at the cloisonne table. The outcome of the process is, in the first few attempts, whimsical to say the least. After…

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Proper Enamel Sifting Process

Sifting is the process of dropping and catching falling enamel particles. The control factors are mesh size of the enamel; mesh size of the screen; the load of the sifter; the size and shape of the surface to be covered; the use or non-use of a holding…

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Metals Suitable for Enameling

The purpose of this article is two fold. First, we receive a number of inquiries as to whether or not certain metals can be enameled. This article will answer most of those questions. Second, we have all read statements such as, ‘Gilding metal…

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The Metal Underneath

In this article, I will discuss the basics of metal preparation for the enameling process. Some experienced enamelists may disagree with part of this. But remember, these are general rules from a metallurgist’s point of view, not an enamelist’s.…

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The Earliest Cloisonne Enamels

An island in the eastern Mediterranean, with a history of more than 8000 years, Cyprus was one of the earliest producers of copper in the world, had a flourishing metal industry and during the “Golden Age” of Cyprus, the island enjoyed a high…

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Enamel Preparation Method

The traditional method of enamel preparation was described by Cunynghame and Chapin. Large chunks of enamel were wrapped in a piece of cloth and broken with a hammer. The cloth was to prevent the particles from flying about, getting into one’s…

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Copper Mesh Plique a Jour

Interested in illuminating my work and using experimental techniques, I came across copper mesh. There are many kinds of mesh, but only a few are easily obtained without buying in bulk from industrial suppliers. I have been using the ‘Impressions’…

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Proper Use of Liquid Metals

Applying liquid gold, palladium and/or silver in the final firing of enamel pieces is something that can frequently raise the appearance of a completed piece up to the spectacular. More enamelers should use them, but they should also learn…

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Lead Bearing and Lead Free Enamels

The question about the differences between lead bearing and lead free enamel is the same as the questions about the difference between lead bearing and lead bearing, or between lead free and lead free. There are more differences between enamelists…

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Enameling History and Revolution

Through the years, a variety of enameling techniques has been developed. Some involve how the metal is prepared and some involve how the enamel is applied. The following defines the most prevalent, but by no means all, techniques.

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Etching Options for Champleve

I have found through may research on metal etching that there is a plethora of information out there. I hope by compiling it and offering it to you, you will be better able to choose the best option for your champleve needs. There are of course means…

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Solid and Patterned Carefree Luster Decals

Carefree Lusters are mica based luster pigments stabilized for glass, glazed ceramic and enameled metal applications. Carefree lusters are now available in solid and patterned decal sheets allowing a new vision and approach to working…

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Cloisonne Cup – A Noble Chalice

Who has not dreamt of that nobly shaped chalice, enameled all over with immaculate transparents… maybe just one fine gold line winding around its outside… so elegantly understated, so utterly simple… That is poetry. It would neither…

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Screen Printing Dry Enamels

I have worked out a way to use screen printing methods so as to print on metal, using dry enamels. It is based on using screens made out of material that is coarse enough to let dry enamel go through it. Designs can be masked into the screens using…

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The Ceramic Tissue Method

Enameled steel is the best support for the photographic image. It will withstand the burn-off temperatures without cracking the image. Copper can work, particularly on a small scale, but be warned that there may be a significant failure rate.…

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Enameling Malleable Copper

Early in the 1400’s someone discovered that a design of juxta- positioned colored enamels would not intermingle when heated to their fusing temperature. Partitions were not necessary! Then someone found that one color could be applied over…

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Etymology of Enamel

Most people in our discipline use the word Enamel to identify both the glass which is fused to metal, and the finished product. However, we should not be as possessive as the art potter who believes the word CERAMICS always refers to a pot made…

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The Enamelware of Sarah Perkins

The tendency to dismiss enamelwork as a superficial art­literally, as a matter of surfaces glossing over the duller hues of base metal, and figuratively, as nothing more profound than a decorative, and therefore decadent, mode of appeal…

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Torch Firing Enameling

Torch firing is a wonderful way to experience enameling in all of it stages. I see it as an extension to kiln fired enamels and not a replacement since the results are very different. It requires working from instinct with a sensitive observation…

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Enameling On Fine Silver Metal Clay

Enameling on pieces made from Precious Metal Clay is a joy! The clay is malleable and will take any shape or texture: it handles like ordinary clay before it is sintered. After the sintering, the material is usable in a variety of enameling techniques.…

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Working with Large Mosaic Enamels

An enamel of any size can be produced by working sectionally. I cut copper sheet into irregular shapes to enhance and strengthen a design and to give the illusion of a large single piece. The pieces are mounted on a single sheet of 3/4″ marine plywood.…

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Portrait with Enamel Watercolors

My design for a portrait in enamel is based on either a photocopy of a photograph or my sketch of the subject. The work is divided into small sections of various sizes and shapes. Each piece is an almost independent unit. Cutouts made from photocopies…

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Book Review – Beginner’s Guide to Enamelling

The book is based on a workshop for beginners given by the author some years ago called ‘The Second Coat’. The publisher limited the book to 64 pages and wanted step-by-step projects. Since the book is about enameling and not metal working, the…

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Gold Cloisonne Wire on Fine Silver

Susan Demski and I have developed a cloisonne technique for our jewelry, which ranges in size from 1/4″ dia. to about 4″ x 5″. Our pieces are enameled on fine silver with gold cloisonne wire and then set in karat gold. For the enameling, we use 22…

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Champleve Enamelwork with Ferric Chloride

Champleve (shahmp-luh-vay), meaning – raised plane – in French, is the process by which a design is cut, gouged or etched out of metal to create low areas for the enamel. After many layers of enamel have been fired, the piece is stoned and may be…

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China Painting on Enamel Process

Although enameling is a new art form for me, I came to it with many years of china painting experience. Painting on porcelain is a time consuming process. Each firing requires several hours, and three or more firings may be needed to complete…

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How to Make an Agate Imitation Cabochon

This technique consists of the successive application of silver foil sheets, changing the colors of enamels among them, and then to wear away sectors, and discover each one of the colors used in the different layers. Apply the first of the layers…

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Foils on Fine Silver and Gold

Marianne Hunter had been a painter and crafts explorer when she began enameling in 1967. She is self-taught. After 12 years of discipline in the grisaille technique, she turned to color and foils that gave her a feeling of limitlessness. Her…

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Enameling Safety Issues You Should Know About

Enameling involves the firing and melting of suitable glasses onto and into metals for decorative effects. It is done at fairly high temperatures, from 1200F (649C) to a high kiln temperature of 1700F (927C) or so.The primary dangers involve…

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Georgian Cloisonne Enamel

In the conditions of world globalization, a big part of modern mankind realized how important human ties are to their roots. Once neglected traditions today acquire vital importance. People search for and go back to old traditions, create…

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Enameled Miniature Clock Cases

Small ornamental clocks were among the medium priced ornamental objects that were in huge demand in the 19th century. This gave opportunities for enameled decorations to be added for a valuable, individualistic appearance for every piece,…

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How to Mix Industrial Liquid Enamels

Industrial liquid enamel is a versatile material. It can be used as a base coat, directly on the metal, or as subsequent coats. It can be used to coat one side at a time, or both sides at the same time. It can be applied by pouring, dipping, daubing…

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Setting a CZ in Enamel

This report will describe means for setting a CZ gem in enamel, producing a ring and a medallion with a gem setting without claws. The 6-mm CZ is the center of attention of an anodized titanium ring. The gem is set within the protective confines…

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Grisaille and Limoges Techniques

My enamel jewelry includes earrings, pins, pendants, lockets and rings done in Grisaille and Limoges techniques. Within most of the pieces are miniature paintings with images of womens faces and animals. My enamel pieces, using copper,…

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Champleve Jewelry – At The Turn Of A Wheel

After experimenting with the various techniques of enameling I decided that champleve jewelry best suited my interests. Being very familiar with the usual etching methods of scoring the metal, I thought the process was rather cumbersome…

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Micro Vacuum Cleaner for Enamelists

This article describes a micro vacuum cleaner, based on an aquarium pump, for use by enamelists. The vacuum cleaner allows for cleaning up sifted or spilled enamel. It offers an alternative to wet packing when doing cloisonne, and you can use…

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Cloisonné Beads of Fine Silver

I have been making my cloisonne beads since 1996 in a variety of methods with fine silver and wires of fine silver or 24K gold for the designs. My method of fusing two domed halves of fine silver requires fewer metalsmithing skills than the other…

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Liquid Flux as Etching Resist for Basse-Taille

In basse-taille (bahs ty), the metal has a design or a texture partially cut into its surface before being completely covered with transparent enamels, which allows the design or texture to be seen. Engraving and etching are among the many…

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Cloisonne Jewelry with 24k Wires

Merry-Lee Rae has been making jewelry since 1966 when she joined her father in the garage while he dabbled in metal arts. In 1976 she fell in love with enameling, and her life took a turn from hard-core academics to a relentless, obsessive pursuit…

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Enameling on Electroformed Vessels

June Schwarcz (b.1918) in Denver, CO. She is a Fellow of the American Craft Council and received their Gold Medal. The museum collections that have her work include Metropolitan Museum, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, and Kunstgewerbe…

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Joseph Trippetti – Cloisonne on Steel

When Joseph Trippetti returned from the Army in 1946, he studied for three years at Philadelphia College of Art and the fourth year at Sheffield College of Arts and Crafts in England, where he majored in silversmithing. He has been enameling…

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Enameling Techniques for Beginners

After you learn to apply enamels by sifting, wet packing, brushing on crackle and firing the base coats, you are ready for some of the simple techniques that require only a feel for color. You can design a piece by repeating one technique or learning…

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Enameling on Sterling Silver

I enamel on various metals making a variety of pieces from post earrings to 5″ x 8″ framed enamels. The enameling techniques I use for sterling silver are cloisonnE, champlevE and plique-a-jour. When I began enameling in 1971, it was accepted…

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The Manufacture of Enamels

Minerals such as silica, soda ash, potassium nitrate, borax, calcium carbonate, etc. are weighed according to each enamel formula, well mixed, and loaded into a preheated fire clay crucible. The batch is heated to a selected temperature…

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Enamel is Glass — But, What is Glass?

In the beginning, there was glass. Glass was created or formed along with our planet Earth. Glass was here — waiting to be discovered by humankind — as early as 75,000 BC, to use as spear points, daggers and crude axes. We are…

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How to Add a Dichroic Effect to Your Enamels

Dichroic glass is simply beautiful. Often referred to as dichro or dicro, the term refers to multiple ultra-thin microlayers of metal oxides which are evaporated onto the surface of glass in a vacuum chamber. These oxides change the way that…

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The Enamelware of Ben Caldwell

Ben Caldwell is a painter, copper and silver smith, musical instrument builder, and inventor. He trained at the Studio School of New York under Charles Cajori, an abstract expressionist who exhibited with William de Kooning in the 1960s.…

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Enameling

This is a video of a work in progress on it’s way towards being enameled!…

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DRAGONFLY

dragonfly hollow jewelry brooch 18k gold handmade diamonds saphire plique a jour enameling skils art design…

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BLUE LAGUNA 2

A sample of BLUE LAGUNA : The sun umbrella making of . This is only a small part of the complicate work of this part of BLUE LAGUNA . The sun umbrella is multi colour enameled and set with diamonds ,including on the moving parts and everything an umbrella…

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BLUE LAGUNA !

Static jewelry , showing an idilic picture of a life we all wish to have ….This is dedicated to my very best friend Keith Jerome Biodrowski .

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Stain Glass Effects

A Beads Baubles and Jewels project. Add a splash of color to your designs with a stained glass effect. Learn how to include vibrant, swirling colors with Colores. For more projects and jewelry-making know-how, visit us at http://forum.riogrande.com/…

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Enamel on PMC or Fine Silver

A Beads Baubles and Jewels project. Enameling on metal clay adds vibrant color and exciting design. Learn the wet packing technique to expand your skill set and explore the possibilities. For more projects and jewelry-making know-how, visit…

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BBJ 1208 – Enameling on Metal Clay

A Beads Baubles and Jewels project. Enameling on metal clay adds vibrant color and exciting design. Learn the wet packing technique to expand your skill set and explore the possibilities. For more projects and jewelry-making know-how, visit…

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Making of Carnival dancer pendant – Part 2

5 cm diameter round pendant, showing a beautiful woman dancing at Carnival in Brazil. 18k white and yellow gold , with colored enamel, yellow, green, blue BRASIL colours, in fact … Handmade hollow jewelry.

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Making of Carnival dancer pendant – Part 1

5 cm diameter round pendant, showing a beautiful woman dancing at Carnival in Brazil. 18k white and yellow gold , with colored enamel, yellow, green, blue, BRASIL colours, in fact … Handmade hollow jewelry.

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Stone age wedding ring

How it’s made a couple of gold wedding rings, with funny drawings engraved on them and black enamel. Hand made.

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Heart Pendant

How is made a classic gold heart pendant (old school), with black genuine enamel. Hand made.

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