Hammered and Enameled Copper Jewelry Components
In a workshop with the wonderful Mary Hettsmansperger, we had a blast pounding on metal and playing with fire! Safety glasses and dust masks were the uniform of the day while we hammered, shaped, and torched. The result was Hammered and Enameled Copper Jewelry Components. Awesome to watch the torch transform enamel powders to liquid glass, then set to beautiful enamel colors!
Mary was very strict about safety precautions, and that was great for all of us, especially a beginner like me. Anytime a torch lights up, especially in a group setting, accidents are just waiting to happen. We learned how to keep ourselves and our work surfaces safe.
Enamel powders carry their own set of precautions. The fine dust causes permanent health problems if inhaled. Thus, the presence and required use of safety masks. Vanity: no excuse – we all had to look silly! Also important, good ventilation! But you don’t want breezes that can make the enamel powder airborne.
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If you have a kiln, you can put your enamel pieces in it to fire. You will get a very uniform result, but unless your kiln has a window, you miss all the fun of seeing the glass particles melt and meld together. With a torch (and practice) you can achieve some remarkable subtle nuances.
Hammered and enameled copper jewelry components, pieces and parts – so much fun!
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