Enamel!

Today I had a little rummage through my dresser o’ miscellaneous art/craft supplies, and dug out some jump rings so I could string up the pendants I made during the holidays. That one’s my favourite. Technically, the design isn’t really an apollonian gasket[1]; it’s more just sort of inspired by them. Partly that’s due to my own eccentricities, and partly to the fact that all the circles were punched out with a big metal hole-punchey thing, and the dies for the hole-punchey thing do not come in infinite sizes.

Two copper circles, one domed and enamelled; the other poked through with holes. I was originally planning on doming and soldering the holey circle to the solid one, so I’d get a lentil sort of shape, and then soldering on some sort of tube to run the cord through. Faced with actually *doing* all that, I decided it would be simpler, eleganter, and considerably less technically challenging to leave it flat and have both circles swinging freely from a jump ring or two.

[1] For more about what makes apollonian gaskets cool, check out this video about infinite elephants.

Happy New Year!

So. The little Sputnik kiln didn’t heat up (or rather, didn’t heat up high enough, or quickly enough), so we assayed enamelling via torch instead. Pointing the flame down onto the enamel made the colour go quite grey/black (introcuding carbon into the enamel, maybe?), but heating from underneath worked fine and dandy. So now I have two appollonian gasket pendants, a small green and copper-leftovers pendant, and two earrings which, although both enamelled with something called “copper green”, turned out red and turquoisey blue, respectively. Very interesting. The exposed copper parts still need to be polished and waxed, but otherwise, my jewellery experiments for this trip are probably over. It was fun.

And last night there was a party at Denzil and Anna’s place. Some old friends, and lots of newer ones. Happy dogs[1], oddly fun party games, and good food.

It’s been a great holiday.

[1] Well, until the fireworks went off, anyways. But they got happy quickly enough afterwards.

Enamel

I’ve been reading up on enameled jewelry lately. It looks like fun. A lot like glazing, but on a shinier surface, and small and light so you can carry it with you all day.You can make clay pendants that are carryable/wearable too, of course. For considerably cheaper, too. But I’ve always wanted to try metalwork.

If I had the time and equipment…