Lately I have been Hand Firing and Enameling Copper pieces. It's so fun! I cant wait to get more Colors for the enamel!
I first Cut my desired shape for the piece out of a sheet of copper. Then I sand it, drill holes (if needed) and finish the edges before getting out the enamel. The enamel forms a glass on top of the copper, so it needs to be ready to go! Enameling is the last step in making the piece.
I then Decide on designs, shapes, words, pictures, and colors. I usually create a base color (typically white, something light) before I draw the designs with the lead-free enamel with a toothpick. This takes time, but i enjoy manipulating the enamel around to see what I can get. :)
As, you can see with my photos, I have made earrings, magnets, necklaces, YOU NAME IT! Im enameling everything in our house. If you have something in mind, let me know... I would love to make it! I love working with the colors, the torch, and the copper. You can view more photos at my website