Friday, 2 September 2016

Organic Enamel Rule Breaking

In jewelry design and creation, as in many art forms, there are a lot of rules. When I see a rule I want to challenge it and see if I can work around it to get the look I want.  There are so many rules when it comes to applying enamel (powdered glass) to metal: you can only enamel pure silver and copper, you can't solder enamelled pieces with out special solder..etc.  I have wanted to add some colour to my pieces with something other than stones but the problem was how to solder the pieces together without ruining the enamel or how to enamel the piece after being soldered without undoing the solder.  

Today I threw caution to the wind and enamelled a small copper cup I made and then soldered it to a softly squared worked!  I wanted the enamel to be very organic and not completely cover the surface to give some texture.  
I am really pleased with the results and will be designing a new line of silver and copper pieces with enamel...stay tuned!

I will be at the Metcalfe Farmers Market tomorrow, Saturday, Sept 3rd from 9-1.