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.
We spoke of watching out the window and how the clouds and earth below is so beautiful.
With a final painting I went to work to create the one of a kind cloisonné jewel.
Here is a Champleve Butterfly, I wanted to share how I work with clients on custom request. and how I create champleve. enamel jewels.
Champleve Butterfly This is an image the client sent me to reference as the shape she was interested in.
Rendering I painted out with her choice of colors.
Jewels in the Technique of Champleve. Her choice of enamel color placement .
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.
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 for an Enamel Butterfly Pendant with fused on decorations in the wings.
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 – Front
This second image the plique a jour is created from a sheet of gold that is saw pierced.
With a vision we started.
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!
Poppy construction complete
Matilija Poppy enameling progress
Poppy Project for Mendocino Art Center Where we are are today, a few more week left.
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.
Transparent Enamel test plates of Ninomiya
Opaque Enamel Test Plates of Ninomiya
Attention to detail! Rajesh will be an amazing enamelist!