Enameling Blog of Cloisonné & Many Other Enameling Techniques

Enameling Blog of Cloisonné & Many Other Enameling Techniques

   

Welcome to my Enameling Blog of Cloisonné Jewelry Techniques and others, Plique a Jour, Champlevé Enameling and yes Painting Enamels.

 

My site is a donation of everyone’s time to share and further the education of the fine art of enameling techniques. I am very happy to answer questions to help you, but please ask here and not emailing me directly. At the bottom of this page there is a comment section. Look forward to hearing from you. Thanks!!

I share my life’s passion and inspiration with anyone who wishes to read. I am a self-taught enamelist and goldsmith. I did not live here in the US where there was a knowledge base and to my advantage, my knowledge came from trial and error and today I continue to build on trial and error.

Read, test, fail, analyze, try again and you will surely learn.

View my jewels http://www.cloisonneenameljewelrycom

Mer on the buzz again!

If you have not done this before you really have to check out her enamel classes on her website enamel workshop.com https://www.youtube.com/@enamelWorkshop is also a place where she shares 79 videos on how to Enamel. This week she has shared her exploration of pencil techniques on Enamel: beyond graphite.

 

Pencil on enamel: beyond graphite

Join me as I explore all options open to us when it comes to pencil techniques on enamel….

 

Beyond Graphite:

Any pencil created using a fire resistant pigment can be used on enamel.Graphite is actually my least favourite option!

I’ve been testing every pencil I could get my hands on. Well… as I explain and show, we don’t need to mindlessly test every pencil out there, there’s some sanity checks we can implement to set ourselves up for success. Or you can directly use my research to pick what you like best.

One sure fire option is to use underglaze pencils. These are manufactured with ceramic pigments and they’re pricy compared to other pencils, but are still by far the best option when we need a black line, as nothing else will quite do – graphite is your only other option and as I explain in the videos, I think it has limited applications.

Beyond underglaze, entire categories of artist’s pencils are superbly suitable for enamel applications.

As it so often happens, tests are a never ending source of ideas. The possibilities that you discover through them fuel creativity.

As it so often happens, tests are a never ending source of ideas. The possibilities that you discover through them fuel creativity.Testing can begin in a general way as the quick pencil tests pictured above, and from there you can begin narrowing down towards a more defined application for the materials. Here you can begin to see where this experimentation is leading me: what I like to think of as trois crayons on enamel – I link to the French version of the article as it has more examples! you can use translation or switch to the English version.

What’s next?

I am sketching in preparation for the next video, in which I will apply what we’ve learnt together in the creation of enamel works using these techniques, I’ll record the process and share it with you 🙂

 

TOPICS

Every Box Below Is A Topic Of Enameling, Much Like A Chapter. There Is Also An Option To Ask Questions In Each And I Will Be Happy To Share.

The Matilija Poppy and The Mendocino Poppy Project

Mendocino Poppy Project by Tom Herman and Patsy Croft


Mendocino Poppy Project
by Tom Herman and Patsy Croft

 Check out our 2-year journey  at https://alohilanidesigns.com/matilija-poppy/

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