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December 11, 2018, 06:11:50 pm
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Debbie K
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« on: November 15, 2018, 06:16:34 pm »

This is what I've been doing lately:

They're made out of fused fine silver and vitreous enamel. I use copper acetate and Klyr-fire (an organic binder that burns off without residue) to fuse the frame and the bail.

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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2018, 07:55:24 pm »

Those look great!

Any chance I can get a look at one of the backs??

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Robert
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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2018, 03:47:50 am »

Somehow I missed seeing these yesterday..

I want to use the word cloisonne to describe the work.

Absolutely beautiful !
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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2018, 03:49:58 am »

They are wonderful.

Are they pendants ?
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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2018, 03:58:48 am »

Would be pretty cool to see a step by step for how these are made.
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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2018, 05:31:48 am »

I do not think I have seen anything like these before.  Well done!
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« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2018, 07:12:38 am »

Thank you! These are cloisonne and they are all pendants. I am going to be making some more of them in the next week or so and will try to take pictures of the steps (and the backs). It seems worse than it is; these were fired at least 8 times a piece, some more. The most frustrating part is waiting for them to cool so you can apply more enamel, so I try to work on 2 at a time so I have something to do on the other one as one cools.

I polish them just like they're gemstones on a polishing machine. Years ago, I used to use alundum stones and sandpaper and it takes forever. Thank God for machines! I made enamels before I did lapidary work and picked it up again this past winter because I had a frozen shoulder and it's easier work than rocks.

Oddly enough, I was making these to remember how to enamel, kind of test pieces, and people keep buying them off of me, literally. I think it's the colors; they're so bright and cheerful.

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« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2018, 09:11:48 pm »

Such interesting and unique work!
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« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2018, 01:09:56 am »

This is a whole new world for me. Also learned a new word.
Cloisonné!
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« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2018, 06:48:53 am »

Beautiful work Debbie!  yes
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