So below is an overview of my summer exploration into vitreous enameling on copper...part chemistry, part magic, and definitely trying to "paint" with powders and crumbs of glass under fierce heat in a kiln. Pretty exciting, actually!
Copper shapes on trivets and a wire tray, either going into or coming out of the kiln.
A lot of larger glass bits, of the correct melting point to use in the system of enameling that I'm using. (Apparently, different glasses melt at different temperatures....that's a bit beyond me yet!)
So I turn the crushed glass bits into my "palette" in order to use some of these bits. Finely graded glass powders are used to cover even areas of the metal with a fine coating to fire as a smoother coating.
More copper pieces, either coming out of or going into the kiln. My pieces seem to require a minimum of 6-7 individual firings between 1400F and 1500F before they may or may not be "finished" to be cleaned up for use in earrings, pendants...and soon to come-tack pins and other wearable items.
Due to all the steps involved, I tend to work on several things at one--in this case, pairs of earrings. I seem to learn new things almost every time I work in this new metals studio at the old campground, and as noted in my post yesterday, I've been posting "blow by blow" photos and info on my new Instagram page @WillOaksStudio in case you'd like to check it out and/or follow along!!
OTOH, if I CAN figure out how to blog from my phone, well shoot, I can add more goodies right here too!! To be continued!!!!! Thanks for stopping by--Karen