I'll be giving a demo on Friday at 11 a.m. and you can find me at my booth at other times on Friday and Saturday and, of course, at the teachers Meet and Greet on Friday evening. On Sunday, I'll be teaching 20 of you how to enamel as fastly, cheaply, and safely as is humanly possible! So, I hope now that you know where I'll be, you can come by and we can have a gigglefest!
Over the past few days I've been making jewelry because I feel a strong need to show some of what's available with torch firing. But what I really want is for you to give it a whirl. The paintingwithfire.ning.com can be a great source of support as you continue a home study course in enameling. :-) I think of it as an extended warranty. LOL You all, of course, will take the technique in other directions and create outta sight stuff!
I think one of the most obvious attractions about enamel is color. Metal is a wonderful material, but when you put colored glass on top of it, metal comes alive! You need not cover every speck of metal with color though. I'm finding that fabric and enamel look great together. It's also a great solution to costly metal alternatives. As far as color, it's WOWx2!
I see fabric and my brain says, "I need dat!" But apparently I have a lot of needs ... but we won't go there! The sari ribbon I use is Fair Trade and recycled. It helps to support impoverished woman in Nepal and India, many of whom are single-mother head-of-households, which is one of the reasons I decided to carry it at my website.
Here's a new piece I just finished yesterday called, "Dogwood." The saffron ribbon keeps the piece from becoming just toooo sweet!
But, I'm curious ... have you noticed that there's a trend toward using ribbons and other fibers in jewelry design? Do YOU find yourself using more ribbons and other fibers in your work? Do you have favorites? I'd love to hear what you're thinking ... :-)