My love of metal work ratcheted up after my first jewelry enameling class. Wow, a world of color! What a joyful addition. For me, enamel is a playful medium: finding color pairings that sing, layering transparents over opaques, overheating, under heating. The list is endless.
So, when Halstead sent over a batch of new Milton Bridge lead-free jewelry enamels to Metalwerx (a wonderful metal school and studio in Waltham, MA where I rent a studio space), I fired up the kiln and made some test swatches. Many of their colors were beautiful but the shocker for me was the opaque scarlet. I have found it very difficult to find unleaded red enamel with that kind of vibrancy. Here is a piece I made with the opaque scarlet and a couple of tips for successfully firing enamel on three dimensional objects.
Want to learn more about enameling or other jewelry making techniques? Metalwerx offers over 75 workshops and almost 50 weekly classes per year with renowned artist instructors from across the country. Read more and register at www.metalwerx.com.
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