Escarcha

Escarcha means frost, the kind of frosted dew that forms on leaves and other things. No specific English word for this?

With this piece I made today, I wanted to imitate the texture of frost on leaves. I had a sketch and the idea to have a layer of opal enamel fired just to givrer (French term that we used in school and that only just now, when I translated it, I realized it means exactly escarcha o_O maybe then I should call this piece givrer instead) to give this appearance. But later on it ocurred to me to add pulverized mica to the enamel to get the shimmer effect of frost. I made some tests beforehand and it turned out right (mica that I ground with silver flux and white opal), so I used it on my piece, too:

I got ice-flake (cracked) quartz beads to go with this one. They refract the light in rainbow, but it is not apparent in the pictures. It is also difficult to capture the shimmer of the mica so I made an attempt at an animated gif:

You will have to click, I know how annoying looped gifs can get ;P

5 thoughts on “Escarcha

  1. Pretty neat effect – very creative way to show “frost” – I have see that called “sugar-coat texture” in some books on enameling (I mean the texture of the enamel but you have heightened the effect even more so with the mica!) Nice!

  2. Maricarmen Campanon Gonzalez

    Hello Mer.

    Soy Mari, no se si te acuerdas de mi,fuimos amigas mucho tiempo pero perdimos el contacto y a trves de google he visto tu WebSite,veo que te va muy bien con lo que siempre has querido hacer. Sin mas espero que si te interesa te pongas en contacto conmigo, mi hotmail es:

    campanamari@hotmail.com

    Saludos Mari.

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