We've been working like crazy people around here! So I thought I'd show you what crazy people make when they create!
These are some large gears that have been domed and joined during the firing process.
I used one in this piece.
Here are some new items we call "Torch-ured Hearts." I came up with the name and Chris came up with the spelling. Isn't that Chris a clever boy! (Some of you may know him as "Pookie"!) The metal has gone through a rolling mill to give it floral detailing and then sterling silver has been fused to the surface. I really like these!
Here's a technique from the "Luscious Links" project in the book on how to torch-fire decals. I'm lovin' these! These are 1.25" pendants that have been torch-fired once. When cool, decals are placed on the enamel ... some that are black and white that I print from my printer and the another that is a commercial floral decal. The black and white decal turns a sepia tone as a result of the red iron oxide in the ink.
Working with white liquid enamel, like what's on the black and white heart, is a technique shown in the book on a couple of projects, including "Wings of a Dove" which features LeAnn's (Summers Studio) porcelain bird and bronze clay branch. Love these fun little hearts. You would not believe how easy they are to make. Actually, I should be saying, "These are terribly hard to do. Only a master craftsman can do these. You have to be a genius." NOT! LMAO!
More decals on littler discs.
More decals on even littler discs.
White liquid enamel and more coarsely ground colored enamel make quick work of these discs!
My son, David, dreamed up these babies ... (some of you may know him as "Orton!") Aren't they cute?
Small and large copper gears will be available, too! Pretty simple, but sometimes you need simple because what you have in mind is way complicated!
These are perfect charms and also dangles for earrings!
Various sized discs in lots of different colors!
You call them "yo-yo's," I call them "bobbins." It's all about perspective.
Some adorable bead caps from Chris.
The elusive enamel head pin is also described in depth in the book. This is the funnest clasp I've made in a long time ... err, ever made!
That's all folks! If you're at Bead Fest Philly, please come see me at the Painting with Fire Artwear Booth 828! You'll see a big shelf with tons of enamels and bags and bags of beads so you can make these yourself if you're so inclined!