Touch Enamelling In Jewellery Making

Touch enamelling in jewellery making is one of those branches of the craft-form that really lend another dimension to it. One of the most innovative and modern forms in the craft, touch enamelling in jewellery making is all about enamelling on brass. Most people do not even realize that brass is a substance that you can put enamel on, when creating jewellery. Copper, historically, was the metal that was used because it could withstand the heat of the blow torch or fire, which is why brass and some other modern jewellery materials aren't considered good enough.

However, with the use of a blow torch, brass can also become a part of the entire process, making touch enamelling in jewellery making a much wider area for you to spend your time in. If you want to practice touch enamelling in jewellery making, especially with brass and a blow torch, then don't be afraid - it's just a new way of doing something that's been happening for centuries so all you need to do is get comfortable around the flame and you are ready to follow the steps mentioned below.

Touch enamelling in Jewellery making Steps

a. The first thing you need to get a hang of is the propane blow-torch, the kind they use to make Crème Brulee on cooking shows. The most important thing you need to prepare yourself for is the fire itself. Fire-proofing your work space and keeping a fire-extinguisher at hand is always a great way to get things started. Putting them in a place where they are self-standing, without the fear of falling over, is the best way so if you can get some kind of holder or just a metal tray, that would be perfect. What you need to remember is that at a low temperature, your enamel will be muddy or dull.

b. The next things on your list are mandrels! You need them in various sizes to enable all kinds of bead cavities. Steel is the best material for a mandrel because it doesn't conduct heat and are easier to hold. Mandrels, if ordered, come in two varieties - threaded and un-threaded. The threaded variety holds the beads better, but that also makes removing it harder. The thread-less variety lets your bead slide off easily, but make sure you handle it well to not let it fall off midway through the process.

c. Colour test chips are an essential part of touch enamelling in jewellery making. You can make these with scrap metal to test the metal for the kind of effect the enamel will have on it. Normally, if you put enough layers of enamel on a metal, the metal underneath will not make a difference unless your enamels are transparent. However, this process allows you to try out many different things with your enamels to get unique and interesting looks.

d. Transparent enamel also needs to be tested and in most cases, more thoroughly than regular projects. The metal might change colour in the middle of the enamelling process, while being heated, and that can make the difference between a good looking piece and a horrible one. Sometimes, the flame may heat the metal too much and cause it to blacken or just develop beautiful patterns - all of which will be visible through the transparent enamel.

e. The kind of metal you are using will also have its own properties under heat-stress, so make sure you are completely understand the properties of the metal you are using; make sure you are aware of the heat levels you will be applying and always remember how the environment around you, the temperature, moisture, etc. will affect the work you are doing and how you are doing it.

f. Water comes handy no matter what you are doing. Touch enamelling in jewellery making entails heat and having a metal or glass bowl on the side will ensure that you will be able to cool the metal down just before things get ugly. If the metal appears to start melting before the enamelling process is complete, then you need to use that water to lower its temperature.

g. Finally, gloves and safety goggles can never be stressed upon enough. While you might feel that gloves are quite restrictive, you will appreciate them when an accident happens. Rather than ending up with burns, it's always better to learn to adjust with gloves that will keep your hands safe. I don't think there's any need to make the co-relation between blow-torch, hot metal, enamel and eyes to know that safety goggles are always a good bet.

You can always choose to learn things your own way, through experience, but when there are thousands of experienced people involved in touch enamelling in jewellery making, you will be hard-pressed to find something a reason not to dig into their experience and learn how to make the process better and simpler for yourself. With these simple steps, you can ensure that when you head into touch enamelling in jewellery making, everything will be perfect for you to create your very own masterpieces.

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