Friday, December 3, 2010
Belle Armoire Jewelry, Winter 2011
Even though my article and jewelry in the Winter 2011 Issue of BAJ isn't about torch-fired enamel, it's still about heat. In fact, the technique used in "A Day at the Circus" ceramic pieces in BAJ is also used in my torch-fired enamel. It involves the use of overglaze enamels, also known as china paints. You may be more familiar with them on your grandmother's hand-painted china, from which she served tea and finger sandwiches ... one and the same! But, boy does it look different.
I also teach you how to use overglaze enamels in one of the projects in my book, Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry: a Workshop in Painting with Fire, due for release in early August 2011. With overglaze enamels you can paint a replica of the Mona Lisa or dots and dashes ... depends on your skill level ... I'm definitely with the dots-and-dashes! The BAJ article is all about buying inexpensive, bland beads and jazzing them up to make them your own.
This is a great issue of BAJ, one that I share with some great artists ... I'm in very good company. :-)