I literally feel like all of this information is exploding inside my brain. The first thing I did was sit down and make a list of the techniques I already know and am comfortable with teaching. The reason I say teaching is because if I can teach it I have to know it inside and out. The second really long piece of paper was a list of all the things I want to learn.
Wow...I have a really long way to travel on some of this stuff. I will try and blog/journal some of my travels...if not for the sake of giving back to the wonderful metalsmithing community then for myself...I am sure I will forget some of this stuff and it will nice to be able to look back at some of my experiments.
I am calling this journey, "Technique a Week"... meaning I will recap my experiments hopefully on a weekly schedule... and stick with that technique the entire time. Now with that said...if I really like the technique I might stretch it out to a month. I don't think I will actually be doing step by step tutorials, although I may at times. I guess I will just have to see how this develops!! Please comment when you can. I would like to hear your voice and know I am not just talking to cyber space.
Below are a few pictures of my most recent enameling escapades and will be a good starting point for my journey.
I started off with enamels shortly after my second son was born...I'd say it was around 2003 or so. I have mostly enameled on silver. I love, love, love the shimmer and transparency of the transparent enamels on the fine silver.
|Transparent enamel over silver...pretty, pretty, pretty!!!|
The hearts below were my last pieces I made before the liquid enamels arrived...
|Opaque enamel over copper with silver leaf.|
However, lately I have turned to copper and just purchased a butt load of liquid enamels. That is where I am going to start...
|Multi-color kaleidoscope of fun with enamels|