Saturday, August 20, 2011

Enameling Really is Fun!!!

In case you missed this post on LMAJ, I'm including it here on my personal blog as well....

So, I'm new to this enameling art and I've got to say I am really enjoying it.  What I think I like the most is that I can create pendant style pieces to coordinate with my ceramic beads.  I've decided to keep this a "semi" silent tutorial ;o)  ...one without words.....  one where I hope the pictures say all of the words.... 

If they don't, however, please feel free to leave a comment asking me anything that you have a question on.  I will be happy to answer asap.

The earrings....
They are reversible if you know how to switch around the ear wire.  If you like the side with a more solid color look like this....


or....  the backside like I prefer....
just simply reverse the ear wire and you have an entirely new set!


The style below is made in the same way, but I've kept this set closer to the actual enamel colors before I decided to use my artistic license with the torch ;o)


Let's get started....








I guess I will add a few words here for safety reasons:

Please keep in mind that the set up that I have include fire bricks which are the same bricks used to build my husband's wood-fire kiln.





Repeat until you get the desired colors.












Some smaller steps were left out.  Please feel free to ask if there is anything that you want to know. You can leave a comment and I will respond or contact me at artisanbeadsplus@gmail.com

Please check out the following sites for more about enameling:

Here is are a couple of great tutorials by Barbara Lewis:



~thanks for reading~

MaryAnn

3 comments:

Copper Diem said...

Where did you get your torch set up? it looks so compact! can you get the map gas at home depot type places?

MaCarroll Beads said...

The torch is from Barbara Lewis http://paintingwithfireartwear.com I also buy the enamel from her. I believe that she has a kit that is around $100 that she sells. The MAP gas is available at Lowes or Home Depot. Barbara did say something about the automatic start on the torch not holding out forever and that is true. I now keep a lighter with me and don't have any problems. The one thing that I did learn is that each time I'm done to take the torch off and put the plastic cap back on the gas. I'm not sure where my husband got the fire bricks. He isn't here right now or I would ask him. I think that any place that sells bricks could order them if they are not in stock. They are just sitting next to and on top of each other. I have ceramic tiles under them for extra protection. Hope that helps. If you have any more questions just ask...... Barbara is very helpful when it comes to enameling. I learned by simpley watching her tutorials. :o)

SummersStudio said...

Gorgeous!