Tutorial - Torch-Fired Enamel

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This is the 7-page handout I use at my torch-fired enamel workshops and is the foundation of my North Light book, "Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry: a Workshop in Painting with Fire." It contains color photographs, detailed instructions, and takes you step-by-step through the process. During the course of the 6-hour workshop, students enamel 50 beads and 10 pendants. We will learn about the flame and its cool and hot spots, the types of flame (oxygenated, neutral, reduced), and how oxygen/fuel ratios affect color. Enamel mesh size, color selection, and how to modulate color through the use of transparent enamels are discussed as are safety issues.

If you can't attend a Painting with Fire workshop, this is the next best thing. You can continue to find a supportive network of artists interested in torch-firing at paintingwithfire.ning.com.

Photos 2-5 are examples of some of my torch-fired work. The tutorial will be emailed to you as a PDF file within 24 hours of receipt of payment.

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Great technique, great and generous artist
Jan 22, 2013 by A fellow maker
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Aug 27, 2012 by A fellow maker
great tutorial comes with great community : ) thanks Barbara!
Jun 23, 2012 by A fellow maker
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