February 15, 2013 Leave a comment
One thing I know about enamel is that you really need to pay attention to what you are doing at every step of the process.
Here is the bead I have been working on in stages over the past couple of weeks. It is constructed in art clay silver, then fine silver wires were added as outlines for flower petals. The next step was to enamel what was going to be the back in a variety of shades of green followed by the front in pinks and reds. It was going so well, too well perhaps – until having stoned it smooth I put it back into the kiln to flash fire the gloss back and then answered the phone. The result is the whole thing got much too hot and the reds and pinks turned a variety of shades of brown and toffee. I made an even worse mess by then adding fine lines of painting enamel to the petals and firing it again….. The lesson is to let nothing, and I mean nothing, distract you from the kiln when you are enamelling!
I really should stone it back to tidy up the lines again but it doesn’t seem worth the extra work now.
You can see quite clearly though that the greens survived beautifully……