Friday, 26 February 2010

Beginning to enamel

Yesterday I had a full studio and a really enjoyable day.  I had another maker working in art clay silver who came to spend the day working out ideas for one of her own projects.  I also had two students from the local college who came over for their second visit.  When they arrived I asked how their projects were going and what they wanted to do.  I was (for some strange reason) surprised when they asked to learn something about enamelling as they both want to include colour in their designs.  I went through the health and safety in some detail before issuing them with dust masks and explaining one technique for applying enamel to metal.   Here are a few of their photographs.  They worked really hard and went from a basic introduction to corrugating copper shim, cleaning, applying and firing their enamel then sifting and scraffito then had a go using one of my riso screens.

They finished their day with a quick try at adding colour using UV resin into bits of soldered copper that they had made on the previous visit.  I am really enjoying their visits as they keep me on my toes, making me think about materials and techniques that will help them to develop their designs.


Vickie Hallmark said...

Looks fun! I've got to get back to enameling again myself. I've got projects that need color!

Lynne Glazzard said...

me too, I only got to watch :)