Here are my newest torched copper pairs! I used liquid white enamel on the white pairs and carved out random designs. They end up looking a little like Batik fabric with the melting of the colors. I also torched enamel onto short copper tubing for the turquoise-toned pair and brown beads that hang from the bottom of the last pair were also torched. These are ready for my spring shows that begin on March 11th. I know I am going to love using the liquid enamel. This was my first try and I like that it has a different look than what I have done in the past. Always trying to evolve and try new methods! It continues to make this method challenging.
I spent some time today bending some wire for immersion enameling. I paired the coiled wire for the earrings with copper washers (which were partially enameled.) I’ll do more of these although they take some time. I like mixing the techniques for finished pairs.
It’s tricky getting pairs to match one another EXACTLY which is something I am trying to get past. It’s the handmade part that is so important to me. Matching exactly is not necessary.
I Love enameling.
I love the “singed” look of torched copper! This lovely blue shade of enamel powder was torched onto the thinnest copper tubing I have ever worked with! I also torched the brass bead at the top with the same shade of blue and it is sealed with clear torched enamel, too.
It is listed for sale in my Etsy shop, which I am furiously trying to stock for the fall season! Here is the link to this item: COPPER TUBE NECKLACE on ETSY
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In addition to using copper tubing for drop earrings, I find that I return to using lace to get patterns on earring pieces. These are part of that process. First, the blue is enameled onto the prepared copper. Then lace is overlaid and white powder was sifted on for a second and possibly third torching. I love the blue although I have been told I used blue too much… I guess my favorites make it to production time more than the warmer colors.
I hope to see you at Handmade Omaha next week. Click this link for show information:
HANDMADE OMAHA April 16, 17.
Copper tubing usable for enameling with very rustic-looking results, which I love about the torching process! This is very thin copper tubing that I picked up at an art materials store for a pretty reasonable price. The annealed steel wire slides right inside and can be held with needle nose pliers during the (immersion) torching process after first curling both ends so that it stays in place. The little filigree pieces at the top are also enameled with the same green color.
Love. Love. Love this process.
My next show is April 16 & 17 in Omaha – Handmade Omaha will take place on 10th & Bancroft Saturday, April 16 10-4 and Sunday, April 17 noon-4. Here is the link for more information about this show: HANDMADE OMAHA
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These are 3 pair of earrings that I have added to my Handmade at Amazon Shop and here is the link to see what is for sale there: Creative Clay Cafe
I handmade the clay drop beads as well as torch-fired the enameled beads. The combination of the glaze colors and the enamel colors worker out! I can’t wait to make more of these mixed media earrings!
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