Monthly Archives: December 2012

Bamboo – Enamelling Palette

Bamboo Enamelling Palette

This week we went to buy some bamboo to plant for a screen along the fence line (neighbours looking in…. you know)

I had absolutely no idea how many gorgeous varieties there were! This giant bamboo is not going to be too practical in my small garden, but I did get 2 smaller species, can’t wait to get them in the ground this weekend!

In the meantime I had to share their fabulous colours with you….. I think this is a beautiful, muted palette, one I might have to design a ‘Transparent on Silver’ enamel for…. after the holidays!

Bamboo Enamelling Palette by Enamelista

Bamboosa Chungii

 

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Todays Favourite Enamelling Pin-8-December

Julia Turner Enamel Brooch (via Pinterest)

Simplicity in shape and colour

My favourite pin today came from jewellery by Julia Turner.

From an exhibition that was held at Facèré Gallery in October 2011

Julia Turner Enamel Brooch (via Pinterest)

Black and White are my favourite colours to wear, with some Red and Grey for a little extra variation, an easy wardrobe that travels well.

Julia’s jewellery is just about tailor-made for me and would fit in very nicely, thank you very much:)

 

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Today’s Favourite Pin- 7 Dec 2012

Anne-Havel - Prison Series - Silver & Enamel Brooch

Anne Havel – Prison Cell Series: Cell Magnified or Boo?

Sugar-fired enamel contrasts nicely with the oxidised silver.

Anne Torch fired this enamel. Although I kiln fire most of my enamels, I find torch firing easier when a specific level of under-firing is required, as in this sugar firing, but also when you are looking for an orange peel firing. To judge the level of firing in the kiln is not as easy, with the torch it’s ‘What you see is what you get’

Anne-Havel - Prison Series - Silver & Enamel Brooch

Brooch/Pendant. torch-fired vitreous enamel on copper. Sifted and underfired to sugar coat in multiple firings.
Pierced, soldered, riveted, fabricated, formed, oxidized, textured. sterling silver, copper, 14kt gold.

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Flower Lines to Enamel This Week!

Flower - Line Drawing for Enamelling - by Maggie Bergman

 

I love flowers! I love plants in general; seeds & pods, trees, bark and the silhouette of foliage against the sky.

Roots and vines, leaves on the ground, all dried up and turned into mini sculptures……

But this week’s ‘I Love Lines’ is a detail of a cactus flowering, no idea which one, but it was a spectacular bloom!

It would look great on silver I think, cloisonné perhaps? With Japanese transparent enamels! Yes!

Download the image to your computer if you like it, just right-click and ‘save as’. You never know it might come in handy one day:)

Flower - Line Drawing for Enamelling - by Maggie Bergman