Started with some wire work that I enameled. I saw some lovely enameled wire flowers by Jennifer LaVite on the Painting with Fire ning. If you are interested in torch fired enamel I encourage you to join this fun, supportive group of inspiring ladies. Jennifer's flowers reminded me of little wire angels I had made in the past after seeing them on an episode of Carol Duval. So, I made up a quick little angle out of 19g dark annealed steel wire and enameled with torch firing. I used cobalt and foundation white, then added a cat's eye bead for her head.
Thankfully she is made to hang as a pendant and not stand, she stands a tad crooked.
Then another stamping and enameled piece. This one is cut from 24g copper, and hammered so it's domed slightly. Enameled with a few coats of clear, stamped with Stazon, sifted with victoria red and refired.
This one still needs a bail soldered on it since I didn't want a hole in my heart. I like that the stamping isn't quite perfect, feels more organic to me. Tip of the day: After stamping and sifting allow to dry a bit, tap off and use a small dry paint brush to remove any excess enamel grains. This prevents shadow color that you may not want.
The pieces that follow are experiments from last week:
Sometimes you have to share the uglies too. These are brass pieces for a bracelet. Notice the missing chips of enamel on 2 out of 3? The enamel keeps pinging off these spots. This may be because i need to counter enamel on the back, I thought I could get away without it since they are domed but perhaps not. However, I am determined to make it work because I really like the granite effect I got by mixing black and foundation white. So those 2 chippy pieces plus 2 more of the links will be refired tomorrow, think happy enamel sticking thoughts for me on this one :).
This little dragonfly I did either last week or the week before. I neither love nor hate him. I'm undecided as to what it is I don't love about him. Any critiques or ideas why I don't love him?
Hopefully tomorrows pics will be crowded with several pieces per pic. See ya then!