Bangle Bracelet Sets

I finished up some more enameled and copper wire bracelets. I’m going to sell them as sets. I think they look good together.

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Published in: on November 20, 2011 at 10:36 am  Comments Off on Bangle Bracelet Sets  
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Enameled Bangle Bracelet

I gave up on trying to enamel round wire. For some strange reason, the enamel on round wire keeps popping off. I mean likes shards of it just flying off. It’s the weirdest thing. I tried several different experiments and this happened every time. So, instead, I tried some flat copper wire tonight and I had no issues except where I solder the wire together. I used silver solder since it’s supposed to be compatible with this enamel but I got some crazing. I put it back in my torch flame and heated it up so the enamel pulled away from that spot. It doesn’t look bad but in future ones I’ll either have to fuse the copper together or overlap the piece and rivet it together.

Published in: on November 13, 2011 at 9:35 pm  Comments Off on Enameled Bangle Bracelet  
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Enameled Wire Bangles

These are my first attempts at making wire enameled bangles. They weren’t totally successful. It’s hard to see in the picture. The enamel kept popping off in slivers, probably from thermal shock.

The bottom one is made with 6 gauge wire. It had the most enamel cracking off. I finally took my alundum stone and just filed down all the rough spots. Kind of made it look more organic. The top one is out of 8 gauge wire. The enamel stayed on better. I have more experimenting to do before I can sell these.

Published in: on November 6, 2011 at 9:27 pm  Comments Off on Enameled Wire Bangles  
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Enameled Pipes Pieces

I cut some pipe as thin as I could with a pipe cutter and enameled these pieces. I just hung them temporarily for this picture. Not sure what I’m going to do with them yet.

I played around with using different color base enamels then put on top some transparent enamels. If I overheat the enamel, it will bubble and bring up the bottom layer of enamel color. I think it gives the pieces more character.

Published in: on October 22, 2011 at 4:56 pm  Comments Off on Enameled Pipes Pieces  
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Another Fiber Enamel and Copper Bracelet

I made another similar to one I made before. This one has bigger beads and sari ribbon as the fiber.

Published in: on October 14, 2011 at 11:42 pm  Comments Off on Another Fiber Enamel and Copper Bracelet  
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Enamel Test Heart

Since I’ve been working with wire and making spirals on the ends of wire to enamelĀ  – see below pix….

I thought why not try a heart like this. After I wound the wire around my heart shape, I realized that it would have been easier to make the heart with a side open so it would be easier to wind the wire around it so on the next one I’ll try that. I coated it with enamel the best that I could. I have a zillion colors but really tiny quantities which makes dipping big pieces into the enamel hard to do. I have to dip in sections. This one I used three colors, a dark blue, yellow and white. After I put all the colors on, I didn’t like it. I tried to reduce the enamel to bring out the oxides in it. I didn’t get good results so I fumed the whole thing with silver. It’s hard to tell but in person the shine from the silver shows. I like it much better this way. It gives it an organic look which goes with the heart.

Not sure what I’m going to do with it yet…..

Published in: on October 8, 2011 at 11:13 pm  Comments Off on Enamel Test Heart  
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Geez, More Pins….

These are some that I used enamel pieces in.

I like the potato chip beads. I’m going to have to get more enameled.

A couple more. Not sure if I like the wire heart.

Published in: on October 5, 2011 at 10:47 am  Comments Off on Geez, More Pins….  
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Experiment With Copper Enamel Raku

I admit this piece isn’t all that exciting. It was an experiment to see if I could reduce the enamel to bring out some of the oxides. It did partially but some people get all these unexpected colors when they do it. Some colors work better than others but I’ve seen some pieces with with that look stunning. This one, not so much.

Published in: on September 30, 2011 at 9:37 pm  Comments Off on Experiment With Copper Enamel Raku  
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Enamel and Copper Tube Bracelet

I’m having a lot of fun playing with torch firing enamels onto copper. The enameled tube ends have been flared out using my rivet press. The other beads are tubing that I wrapped wire around. The ends are balled up copper and sterling silver. I was able to fuse the sterling silver onto the copper. It’s strung on thick brown leather with copper end caps.

Published in: on September 21, 2011 at 8:10 pm  Comments Off on Enamel and Copper Tube Bracelet  
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Enamel Bead and Copper Bracelet

I quickly threw this bracelet together to see what it would look like. I should have used a thicker piece of copper and made it a bit longer. It didn’t have much texture to it so I added the raised dots. The beads are enameled by torch firing them.

This bracelet was fun and I’ll probably make a few more.

Published in: on September 13, 2011 at 10:54 pm  Comments Off on Enamel Bead and Copper Bracelet  
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