Custom Cloisonné The Parrot

Custom Cloisonne Jewelry

                                        Custom Cloisonne Jewelry



I enjoy custom cloisonné. I do not want to wear what everyone else wears and I am sure you like to be an individual and make your own statement!

Here is a custom cloisonné project that was very interesting for me to be involved in. The Parrot.  I was contact to create a jewel for a client that travels often. The client had a an image of a safe travel icon. The Parrot.

Custom Cloisonne

We spoke of watching out the window and how the clouds and earth below is so beautiful.

Custom Cloisonne

Custom Cloisonne


With a final painting I went to work to create the one of a kind cloisonné jewel.


Custom Cloisonne Pendant

Custom Cloisonne

Custom Cloisonne Jewelry

                Custom Cloisonne Jewelry

Custom Cloisonne

                   Custom Cloisonne


Custom Cloisonne Necklace

                  Custom Cloisonne

Another happy customer.

Champleve Butterfly Necklace

Here is a Champleve Butterfly, I wanted to share how I work with clients on custom request. and how I create champleve. enamel jewels.

Custom Champleve Butterfly

Champleve Butterfly This is an image the client sent me to reference as the shape she was interested in.

Champleve Butterfly

Rendering I painted out with her choice of colors.

Enameled Butterfly

Jewels in the Technique of Champleve. Her choice of enamel color placement .

Enamel Butterfly

Beginning of a Butterfly Necklace.Beginning of a Butterfly Necklace.I like to add a little dome to the metal so the light sparkles through the enamels. Here a practice dome in copper.



Custom Champleve Butterfly

Champleve Butterfly After I was happy with the shape of the slight dome in the copper I then domed the butterfly on 18k gold. Using copper to aid in the fusing technique of the gold, the sheet, body, frame and findings are all fused together. The framing around the wings act as a stop for the enamels.

Champleve Techniques

Champleve Techniques for an Enamel Butterfly Pendant with fused on decorations in the wings.


Custom Champleve Butterfly Necklace










How to Create Plique a Jour – Video

How to create plique a jour with Tom Herman and Patsy Croft.

Plique a Jour is a vitreous enameling technique where the enamel is applied in cells, similar to cloisonné, but with no backing in the final product, so light can shine through the transparent or translucent enamel. It is in effect a miniature version of stained-glass and is considered very challenging technically.

Plique a jour can be created in two ways, one, by saw piercing a sheet of metal or two, by fabricating a structure of wires.This first images shows the tiny wings above the ruby drops as plique a jour formed in wire and enamels laid in.

Carnival earrings - Cloisonne enamel jewelry by Patsy Croft

Carnival earrings – Front

This second image the plique a jour is created from a sheet of gold that is saw pierced.

Plique a Jour Jewelry Techniques


With a vision we started.

Mendocino Poppy





Mendocino Poppy

Plique a Jour Beginnings

Test Plates of Enamels


The first video shows Tom saw piercing the poppy petals to create plique a jour.

This second video I am floating the enamels into the poppy stem leaves.

This should give you a good idea of how to create plique a jour, enjoy!

Plique a Jour

Poppy construction complete

Matilija Poppy enameling progress

Matilija Popper

Poppy Project for Mendocino Art Center Where we are are today, a few more week left. 


Enamel Test Plates

This is what I call Enamel Test Plates! Raj Lathigara, Ph.D. is serious about his journey in enameling. Getting to know your product is so important. I completely understand we are so excited when we see this beautiful art for of enameling, we just want to jump in and start playing.

But, if you can take the time, as Raj did here to make test plates of all your enamels you will find it to be a huge advantage as you begin your journey.

Ninomiya_transparent enamel test plates

Transparent Enamel test plates of Ninomiya

Opaque Enamel Test Plates of Ninomiya

Opaque Enamel Test Plates of Ninomiya

Attention to detail! Rajesh will be an amazing enamelist!

How to make a test plate.

Enamel Colors, Some of My Favorites

Here are some of my favorite colors in leaded enamels. As you will see I mostly use transparent enamels.

 A few great colors to get you started.



B30 …these two are true yellows



N27…these three are  green yellows



109    Shippo 






L21 very dark







True Greens






Water Blues





Sky Blues







L81 Dark

If there is a B in front of the numbers this means it is from Bovano Enamel Supply Others you can order from and the are Ninomiya Transparent Enamels

But there is nothing more important than making your own test places!