Tuesday, 23 June 2009

enameled bracelet

This project comes straight out of the latest art jewellery magazine.It is enameled copper.It has black under coat with yellow, red and orange top coat - sifted on (I have no idea where to get liquid enamels from.) The random patterns were scratched out before I fired it. The blobs are broken beads fired into the enamel.I have etched some of the links and left others shiny.I had so much fun playing with colour. It reminded me of my beading days. Like my beaded jewellery this is kind of retro
edited on the 25th to add
I wasnt happy with the the clasp as it is here so I decided to face my fears and combine soldering and enamel. My problem was that I dont have eutectic solder. So I decided to make my own. After searching for a formula in all my books and on the web I decided to wing it and make up my own formula. I thought I would start with an 80:20 ratio and melt that and some hard solder next to eachother on a piece of copper to see which one melted first. It seemed like they melted at the same time so I went with it. I am very happy with the results!