Monday, October 14, 2013

More enameling fun - from wire to hoop!

I'm part of the Painting with Fire Ning ring where a lot of torch fired enamel artists share information, pictures, ...  I saw some cool hoops made with steel wire and decided to give that a try.  I was never sure what my style was but my hubby told me - circles!  I tend toward round, circular, oval and I really like organic looking designs.  These steel hoops fit both my love for circular designs and organic looks.  I started out with something like this:

I just wrapped the steel wire around a wine bottle neck - so simple - well not totally because this is 16G wire so it's pretty beefy and a bit stiff.  I had to maneuver it to get the rings as close together as possible and have to make sure the ends tuck in close to all the loops.  Once I get the wire doing what I want I start the enameling process.  I heat the wire, dip in enamel, heat more wire dip, and on and on.  I usually start with clear or white and then add color over that.  This time I used clear, iris and a few dips in transparent raspberry.  Here are the results:

Those look a little better than the original don't you think?  Now to turn them into some fun earrings!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Find my at the Bichon Bash on 10/26!

I'll be selling at the Bichon Fur Kids Fall Bash on Saturday, October 26.  20% of the proceeds from my sales will go to BFK.  I'm working on new dog theme designs just for this event.  Here is a peak at some of them.

"A Bichon stole my heart" with copper, leather, ruby and glass

Crazy lace agate,  glass dog bones and gold fill

Black and pale blue lampwork, glass dog bones and sterling silver
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