Enameling Brass vs Copper

Enameled Copper Sky Blue with Dangling Roses

Enameled Copper Sky Blue with Dangling Roses


For those of you enameling people, just in case you try to enamel brass instead of copper… Here is something I learned today: DON’T DO IT! I read on a popular enameling site that there was a discovery that brass enamels the same as copper. Uh…no it doesn’t. The same torching session that resulted in these sky blue copper earrings, I torched some brass circles. I used the sifting method and cooled them the same as I always do with my copper pieces. Not even a minute after taking them from the flame…POP…POP… off popped the enamel. If I had not had my goggles on, one would have come very close to hitting my eye! No kidding, the enamel flew off of the brass. Perhaps cooling a bit slower in vermiculite could have saved them, but I would suggest sticking to copper. I know I will. Seriously!

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more enameled copper earrings!

small enameled copper earrings

small enameled copper earrings


What a day! I got up early to get my clay production complete for one of my orders…Nebraska-themed art. Then I headed to get my weekly grocery shopping done (quite possibly my least favorite weekly chore)…After that, I painted 4 more kitchen cabinet doors. I am in the midst of refinishing my kitchen cupboards— a huge job, but I must be getting old…too much of that painting makes my shoulders sore… I am doing a little at a time.
Anyway, that all led up to taking some time to enamel some copper. I haven’t had much of a chance to torch lately. I will have to treat myself to more of it!! Here are three little pair of earrings that are heading out to Garden Gallery in Elkhorn tomorrow!! I am taking 13 more pair out there. You need to check it out! Over 30 artists selling their specialties. Cool spot!