Bases & other

Today I woke up “early” and I have been enamelling since 9:30. I am exhausted!

I finished some bases I started some time ago and others I started yesterday.

For 10 pieces/sets.

I got this cool effect on the back of these three pieces. This was the first layer, but on next layers the cracking only intensified. And I think I can duplicate it, or at least similar, as I did on the oval piece. That’s cool ;P

I also put some simple and cheap(er) stuff on Etsy:

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    1. Yes, 88 dark ivory. It is very tender, and the layer is very thin. On the front I used 74 (2 layers) which is quite hard, so there was overfiring of the counterenamel (1 layer). Which turned out cool ;P

  1. Thanks :)

    You live in Belgium? there is no enamelling school in Belgium that I know of. I studied this in Spain, where it is a technical craft qualification. I studied enamel for many yars, it requires a lot of practice. Jewellery is another “branch” and I also studied that for some time. There are jewellery academies in Belgium, I know at least in Antwerp. A teacher from Antwrp told me they were looking for someone to teach some enamelling but in the end there was no budget.

    I have a few addresses of suppliers in Belgium. The truth is that I still haven’t purchased from any, since here it is more expensive. I bring my tools from Spain or order from Germany. Sadly it is quite a great investment to furnish a workshop for serious jewellery and/or enamelling. For starters, you need a kiln to enamel. I have seen some in Ebay Germany though, not too expensive, second hand. A new one is quite a bit of money. Then you need base metal (newbies normally start enamelling on copper which is cheap and effective) and colours, that I know of these are not sold here either, except some little baggies I have seen in DeBanier (I woudln’t know how good they are though). I buy them in Spain or online from the UK. You don’t need much else for enamelling, fortunately.

    To take it seriously is an investment both in money and time. But to take it more like a hobby, it is possible to make quite nice things in a relatively short period of time and with limited materials.
    There are several books I can recommend to you, but I think at least a few classes are important to avoid a lot of beginners frustration.

    I have considered to give classes since there is no offer here, but I don’t know if there would be demand at all since it is quite unknown. Another problem is that I have a super tiny workshop and I would only be able to give class to two people tops in my current setup.

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