InstructionsAfter having worked out the design on paper I sawed out of fine silver the shape I wanted and domed it slightly. I created the cloisonne wires as I wanted them and began the process of filling in the cloisonnes with the enamel and firing it in a kiln after each application of enamel. There are about 20 layers of enamel in this piece. When I finished the enamel work I polished the enamel and ...
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Type of item: Accessory
Fine Silver, Sterling Silver, Shauer Enamels
What was your inspiration?
To create an enamel with many colors and of interest.
What are you most proud of?
After creating the first bezel I dropped the enamel on the floor and broke her chin off. I waited about a month to look at it again and to repair the chin and then a made a new better bezel with more interesting wire work. Sometimes accidents can result in a better piece. And I learned not to work when I was over tired.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Learn metal working and enameling skills first. Always draw out your design first, many times, on paper. This part of the process is so important and can only lead to a well developed piece of jewelry.