Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Burned fingers and the learning curve of enameling......

I'm both enjoying and cursing my latest obsession..... enameling is something I have wanted to try for such a long time (many, many years in fact).

I have a kiln which is great, and then there is torch fire enameling.  I have tried out both and so far I'm enjoying the torch more, but I now have 3 burns on 3 different fingers!  My impatience is a curse, but its so much fun and I need to experiment further.  I have found over firing is a bit of a problem, and also different enamels fire at different rates... oh, and they can discolor at the drop of a hat.  But in saying all that - I love it!!  I love how sometimes things go wrong with the most unexpected and beautiful results.

Most definitely a learning curve - but lots of fun and I hope to have the first new pieces to share this week. 

But for now I'm lost in the joys of Spring!  My garden is now alive with the color and scents of the season, with the Azalea in full bloom..... in fact I see a pair of 'Azalea' earrings in my very near future!

Happy Tuesday everyone! 

C x

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Back again.....

Well - I hope so anyway.  

I am indeed a transient blogger..... I am easily distracted, and often neglect my blog, but I'm going to attempt to keep it up for now and share a little about me, my current work and obsessions.  

Spring is most definitely in the air, filling my world with the most amazing color.  I can't get enough of it - drinking it in and trying to translate it into the jewels I am creating.  

I'm also spending time dabbling and exploring the world of enamels.... and its addictive.  Will post some pictures very soon.

For now I want to share one of my favorite bracelets, created back in 2009 - I wonder if there will be a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow!