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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A "happy accident" with enameling

Yesterday, during my demo at a workshop I was teaching at the studio, I grabbed for the container of Aqua.  Unfortunately, I thought I was picking the Opaque version, but instead chose the Transparent one.  Not a big deal, you might think, but it can be.  Most of my experience with transparent enamel over filigree beads has been one of a dark enamel where the color is barely perceptible, which is why I recommend that you apply two layers of an opaque enamel as a base coat.  It provides the canvas for the transparent enamel.  Yesterday I had a surprise! 






The bead on the right is an example of Aqua transparent over two layers of white.  The bead on the left is the one I created yesterday ... three layers of Aqua Transparent over metal!  It's a deep rich color that the photograph does not adequately capture, but I think you get the picture!  


The Happy Accidents Group on facebook is shaping up to be a really nice crowd.  Why don't you join us?  Would love to have you! 

7 comments:

Kokopelli said...

Both colors look great! I love when I have a "Hey, that looks good" moment while crafting. Happy Accident Group sounds fun.

SummersStudio said...

Just like glazing, ceramics, every once in a while I come across a happy accident. Unfortunately, I most of the time can't remember how it came about or figure out how to repeat it. Love that deep blue.

EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

Don't you just love what enamels can do :) Love that left bead a lot!! Makes me want to go out in the very hot garage and play with the enamels and see we can create! Can't wait to see more "Happy Accidents"!

In the Light of the Moon said...

Ooooo I have a good one to share...waiting for it to cure..heehee..I think your sweet accident is just lovely!! xo

Sweet Freedom said...

Gorgeous! And my aqua enamel arrived this morning - now I have to try it. I always put the transparents on white first, so this is great to know!

KayzKreationz said...

They both looked great. I'll be checking out the group. I go for my enameling class tonight. Can't wait.

Cynthia@Ornamental Style said...

Looks yummy! I don't have many transparents but it looks like I need more.