adventures in enamelling, stories, music and travel
I have to confess that by the time I got to the frog I was getting pretty lazy with taking pictures – as you will see there are many stages left out in this series of process shots. It was still good practice in cloisonne for me, though what I have in mind for the future is quite different.
I already had two layers wet-packed before I even started taking pictures of this little guy. I also decided to make him entirely in lead free enamels (I usually use leaded Soyer enamels from France) because of the orange – which is a shade I don’t have in the leaded colours. Unfortunately I had less choices in the greens and blues – so he came out a little lacklustre …
3rd coat fired past sugar to orange-peel
Final fire (there were 15 firings in all, including the counter-enamel, the flux and the initial fire of the wires)
Catherine, these cloisonne pieces are so lovely! Would you do a turtle — a red-eared slider — for me? They are very colorful turtles, with the red spots on their heads as well as pale yellow stripes on neck and feet, and various shades of patterned green on the shell. If you’re interested and need some nice photos, I’ll glad to help.