Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry combines beading and wire-working techniques with the intense beauty of torch-fired enameled beads. Metal becomes your canvas as you learn the basics of enameling with a torch, then dive into 22 exquisite pieces, ranging from quirky “cattywampus” earrings to ethereal pendants to delicate multi-stranded necklaces. Find out how easy it is to create unique and colorful enamel pieces in this innovative, comprehensive guide to the world of torch-fired enameling.
Inside you’ll find:
· A hands-on, in-depth approach to enameling beads, pendants and other metal findings using a torch instead of a kiln.
· An extensive enameling workshop, with information on equipment, materials and safety considerations.
· Tips and tricks for making truly unique pieces: learn how to modulate color, create burnt edges and manipulate the gas/oxygen ratio to achieve color flashes and smoky hazes.
· Jewelry and metal-working techniques, from wire-wrapping to etching copper sheet, that create a perfect backdrop to your stunning enamel creations.
Light the torch, gather your enamels and start painting with fire in Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry.
Featured Project by Barbara Lewis: Harem Bracelet
I can't decide if this is a bracelet or an anklet. It can only be an anklet if you're willing to break out into dance when you wear it! Whatever you decide, this piece is fun and easy to make. It's perfect for the hodgepodge of leftovers on your worktable--a "bench collection" of sorts. Don't dwell on planning your design; if you go with the flow, it will truly reflect you and your work.
Preparing Fabric for Cutting Bias Strips
Establish the straight of grain: Use scissors to place a snip into the selvedge edge of woven fabric, about 1" (2.54cm) from the cut edge. (The selvedge edges are the two finished edges of the fabric as it comes from the factory.) Tear the fabric at the snip.
Establish the bias grain: Place the fabric on a flat surface. Pick up one corner of the fabric and bring the end diagonally across the fabric so that one torn edge of the fabric will rest on top of one selvedge edge of the fabric. Press the fold with an iron.
I am so proud of the work I did for this book! The "immersion" technique of torch-firing is groundbreaking! Can you imagine enameling a bead in 40 seconds instead of 40 minutes? How about enameling pendants in the same amount of time, but also embedding watch gears and millefiori wafers while the pendant is still on the mandrel. Easy, quick, and extremely affordable! No $500 kilns required. For about $100 you'll have the torch, the bead pulling station (the workhorse of the system), several enamels, copper pieces and metal beads, mandrels, clamps ... everything you need for a beginning enamel studio.
Besides the enameling part, you'll learn how to make a no-solder bezel and a rivet that requires no hammer! There's some cool fold-forming and metalworking projects that use simple tools ... a pair of metal snips, a two-hole punch, and a hammer. It doesn't get more basic than that but wait 'til you see the jewelry you can create! Welcome to my world! I hope you'll join me here. If you want to check out the torch-fired enamel scene, please join me at paintingwithfire.ning.com, where it's all about torch-firing. Also, please check out the website for my book: torchfiredenameljewelry.com. :-) Barbara
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