Today I worked on more stamping with enamels. I hammered old pennies, punched the middles out and hammered some more. I love whacking all that metal almost as much as playing with the torch. Next I laid down base coats of enamels, stamped, sifted and fired up again. Kind of an assembly line process but still a bunch of fun.
Here are all 11 of the discs I did today. Maybe washers would be a more appropriate term? I really like the way the came out and can't wait to reveal them in a necklace later in the week. I wish the picture showed the stamping better.
These are some of my faves in the batch. i wish you could see the colors better in the pic, the one on the right is actually robins egg over elk brown but is reading sort of white in the picture.
While I was having all this fun I decided to multitask. I had some double headpins I did awhile ago that needed to be cleaned up. So they hit the pickle for a bit, and then I tossed them in the tumbler with steel shot. This was an experiment too, I wasn't sure how the enamel would hold up to tumbling. The result...
They held up great! The tumbler did it's job and brought the shine back to the copper wire. The chipping that you see occurred pretumble, some actually happened in the pickle but I suspect they were already cracked. The chipped ones can be refired just add a little more enamel to fix. I don't always tumble, when I'm in a hurry to move on with a project like the discs I just brass brush after pickling. Tip of the day: When enameling headpins I fire directly on the first couple layers of enamel, then I fire further up the wire on subsequent layers. Firing on the wire rather than directly on the enamel the colors stay more vibrant and true.
So what are you working on this week? Any new techniques you haven't tried before?