Yesterday and today I've been playing a little with torch enameling. I haven't gotten much done but I'm having fun.
Here's what I've been working on:
Sorry it's such a poor picture. The steel keys had rust on them and I used the buffer to get that off. The key on the left has been cleaned but not enameled. I used two methods to enamel. I heated the second and third key from the left until red hot and dipped them in the enamel a couple of times, following directions in Barbara Lewis's excellent new book. I did the Robin's egg blue one first. I was pleased with the enameling, although I didn't get it as high up on the key as I would have like. I had some problems with the red one. It threw off sparks or little burning embers when I was heating it. This caused the enamel to pit. I have no idea what caused this but hubby theorized it was bits of carbon flaming up. I haven't cleaned the oxidation from the flame from any of the keys. I rather like the oxidation on the three right hand keys so I may not remove it on those.
The three keys on the right were done by sifting enamel onto one side and torching from below on a tripod. I'm pleased with the way they turned out.
Next I textured some copper washers. I've just begun to enamel them. The half enameled one was done by the dip method and the small one was done by sifting. The small one is textured on the back side and the larger one that I dipped is textured on both sides of the top. The bottom hole filled up with enamel so I'm going to have to rethink that.
I'm so pleased with how the keys came out that I'm going to have a little giveaway. I'm giving away your choice of one of the keys on the right: cobalt, mauve, or bitter green. (The mauve looks lavender to me and the bitter green is a yellow green but those are the enamel names.) I'll also be including enameled copper washers and some other items which will be determined after I go through my stash and find coordinating goodies.
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