Welcome to my blog Enameling Hotline of Cloisonne Jewelry Techniques and others such as Plique a Jour and Champleve Enameling Jewelry Techniques. My site is a donation of everyones time to share and further the education of the fine art of enameling techniques. I am very happy to answer questions to help you, but please ask here and not emailing me directly. It save me time and others can share also. Thanks!!
Here I share my life’s passion and inspiration with anyone whom wishes to read. I am thankful I began this portion of my art career with little- to no, instruction. I did not live here in the US where there was a knowledge base and to my advantage my knowledge came from trial and error and today I continue to build on trial and error.
I find the quest of knowledge “How, Why” builds more knowledge. And I have to say to the young one’s, don’t be in a hurry, stop, try things, fail, see, discover.
Each Topic is a chapter that is constantly growing as I add demos and information to them. So visit often and learn the beautiful art of Cloisonne, Chamlpeve, Plique a Jour and many other Enameling techniques.
I enjoy teaching enameling and other forms of jewelry making. If I can be of help to you to advance your love of this art please visit my page One on One Classes.
As an enameling artist, I create gold enamel jewelry custom enamel jewelry. It is wonderful to help a client design a unique piece of jewelry that is like no one else’s. I don’t know about you, but I do not like to look like everyone else. I am a unique individual and want what I wear to say so. Visit www.closionneenameljewelry.com to see my creations
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“Custom Cloisonne Jewelry and Custom Enamel Jewelry are a delight to me. Contact me if I can create a jewel of your very own inspired personal adornment! All of my creations are One of a Kind Jewelry, whether in Cloisonne Necklaces, Cloisonne Earrings or Enamel Jewels such as Plique a Jour, I am thrilled to design for you.”
Enjoy 2 clips from Mer Almagro’s Video of the enameling technique of Grisalla Opal.
Enjoy a clip from Mer Almagro’s Video of the enameling technique of Grisalla Opal. Here Mer gives you a beautiful Grisaille Enamel tutorial. I have seen Grisaille used with white opaque enamels over black opaque but her application using opals is just beautiful. After 30 years of enameling, you would think you have seen all the techniques. This is differently a technique I will be using , I can see it helping me in my ocean scenes as well as in my animals. Her work is not only beautiful but also shows any enamelist a very delicate approach to shading your enamels. Here is a link to purchase her video below.
Foil Comparison for Enameling Take a look at my notes on the available foil options for those of you that love to enamel. Thompson's foil gives you the best dollar value. I have tried many over the years and some not show here have been so thin they were impossible to...
Master John Killmaster has shared his painting enamel technique with us. Here he uses liquid enamels.
In building a good foundation get to know vitreous enamel flux. Here I have created to share my enamel flux test plates. Like any painting technique there are various primers for various jobs. In art of enameling we have quite a few fluxes but...
Vitreous Enamel Flux Comparison with what is on the market today. Enamels are reactive to metal, not all but 90% I would say. So flux coats on metal before enameling is usually necessary, and there are several hardness of these fluxes. First, view my test plate. Here...
As Lisa Bialac-Jehle puts it "Simple" How to use Graphite on Enamel How to use graphite on enamel? Counter enamel on copper: Fire • White or other light enamel: Fire • Lightly etch the surface with glass etching cream. I use Etch-All For around 10 minutes. (Follow...
In some incidences setting of enamels from the front is not always an option. For Larissa's chosen designs her amazing enamel jewels are set from the back to allow her to create beautiful metal work on the front of the jewelry piece. I have been asked to show how she...
The Matilija Poppy and The Mendocino Poppy Project
The Plique a Jour “Poppy” is complete! This has been project by myself and Tom Herman to benefit the Mendocino Art Center. After several years of work the magnificent plique a jour jewel will travel, with Sotheby’s of NY. Watch for the auction called “Majestic Jewels” April 17 2019
Make it a Date
Matilija Poppy Brooch by Tom Herman and Patsy Croft supporting the Arts for Mendocino Art Center will be shown at
Sotheby’s Auction House in Los Angeles March 19 -20, 10-5 pm for viewing. 2029 Century Park E #2950 Los Angeles, Ca 9006
Lot #99 Matilija Poppy Brooch,
Gold, Plique A Jour Enamel, Yellow and White Diamonds
While in LA, join Tom
Tom Herman will be giving a lecture on the making of the Matilija Poppy Brooch
at The Craft in America Center
8415 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, March 19 at 7pm http://www.craftinamerica.org/center
The exhibition and auction will be held at Sotheby’s, 1334 York Avenue, New York NY 10021.
Poppy Exhibition dates and times:
Friday April 12- Tuesday April 16
Wednesday April 17th Magnificent Jewels sale begins at 10am
The lot number for the Matilija Poppy Brooch is 99, it is estimated it will come up around 11am New York time. (The auctioneers generally sell at a rate of 80-100 lots per hour). For those of you who will not be able to attend, the auction can be viewed live online that day. Here is a helpful link to Sotheby’s website:
It recommended you practice watching one of the auctions taking place before April 17th.
We are very excited about the sale and look forward to great results!
Check out our 2 year journey at https://alohilanidesigns.com/matilija-poppy/
We have finished the Mendocino Poppy Project. It has been a work of love and an amazing journey. Now we head to NY stay posted to find out what luck art lover walks away with the Matilija Poppy
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Here is a quick view of our 55F-IP model. This is the 5 x 5 interior with an Analog controller. I have just launched my dedicated website for these kilns. Check them out here – KILNS