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Thursday, November 29, 2012

A new element in my mosaics - torch-fired enamel pieces

I have been playing with fire lately and learning torch-fired enameling. Very fun way to create elements for adding to my mosaics.

 I've had two main print sources for learning the basics on this process. Barbara Lewis has an excellent book
"Torch-fired Enamel Jewelry.. A Workshop in Painting with Fire"  (as well as a studio in St Petersburg, FL). With her book in hand, I set up my own little space to create.  Some of the first pieces I made were leaves that I incorporated into this bird mosaic. Click image to enlarge.

The second excellent book I bought was by Linda Darty "The Art of Enameling". She covers all techniques, both kiln fired and torch-fired, with great technical details and interesting projects with step by step directions.

Additionally I've found that there are classes locally in enameling. Great hands-on learning! I took a class at The Morean Arts Center in St Petersburg with Jan Wunsch and another at the Arts Center Manatee in Bradenton, FL with Sondra Hirssig.

Check out your local arts centers and see what they offer.

"Curious Rosey" has sold, but prints are available through my page on Fine Art America:
 http://fineartamerica.com/artists/19+linda+smith

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