sent me some of her enamel beads, I knew it was time. Ali was kind enough to explain the process to me. With some internet research and youtube videos, I was ready.
I found a Thompson Enamel distributer in my area. Her name is Jean Van Brederode and you can find her etsy store here: Enamel Warehouse.
First I learned how to use a hydraulic press with an acrylic die to press a sheet of copper to make my bird shape. Then I used the drill press to make holes around the bird shape. I then learned how to use her sanding machine to smooth rough edges. Jean has some cool tools !
Carefully sprinkling light layers of enamel powder on my piece, I put it in the kiln.
The colors are amazing once cooled.
Then back to our work area, we picked our photos we would like to use and a clear cabochon bead along with drilling more holes and lining them up to screw/bolt together.
Some finishing touches, bird feet and wire wrapping to the necklace pulled the whole piece together.
Jean offers instruction in enameling to small groups in her PA studio. In addition, She also teaches classes at Art and Soul retreats in VA Beach, Las Vegas, & Portland, (http://artandsoulretreat.com)
Visit- CHARMED I'M SURE See what these fabulous enamels can make!