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Faux Enamel Jewelry

Years ago I used to do copper enameling using a small kiln that was erratic at best. When I saw a class that used a mapp gas torch to enamel, I jumped at the opportunity. I was excited to show you how to do it until I found out all of the drawbacks. You have to send away for all of the enamels which are surprisingly expensive and you are limited to copper. I wondered if I could use the same technique I developed here for my french enameled numbers to reproduce a metal enameled look.
I lined my electric fry pan with parchment paper and placed a steel washer on top. I waited a few minutes until the washer got hot.

Using a spatula, I removed it and sprinkled embossing powder (available in the rubber stamp area of Michael's) on it.
I placed it back in the fry pan and within a few seconds, the powder melted and formed a glossy coating. 

Embossing powder comes in many different colors. It is readily available and inexpensive. You can use it on lots of different materials from paper to steel.
I did learn a fun technique to capture "gems" and turn them into jewelry. Use this to set coins, sea glass or anything else you can think of.

I bought a 5x7 piece of copper flashing from my lumber yard for about $2.00.
I found a champagne flute that was a bit larger than my enameled washer and traced it onto my flashing. I added a tab to the top that was about 3/4" x 1".
 I cut it out, laid the washer in the middle and drew 4 tabs equi-distant around the circle.
 Bend up the tabs to capture the washer. Pretty low tech, right?
 Using round needle nose pliers, roll the larger tab to form a bale for your attention-getting necklace.

33 comments:

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Michelle L. said...

The enamel technique: so so pretty! I adore the beautiful copper backdrop - what a coooool piece!

Mª Reyes said...

Te ha quedado precioso. Besos

Skye said...

This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Ana Lopes said...

So lovely! Thanks for tutorial!
I'd love for you to visit my blog.

Hugs from Portugal.

Ana Love Craft
www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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creativejewishmom.com said...

Fab project and thanks for reminding me of metal shop in 7th grade! Great to see you on Craft Schooling sunday!

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Fab project and thanks for reminding me of metal shop in 7th grade! Great to see you on Craft Schooling sunday!

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