Thank you for visiting my Zenamels website, a place for cloisonné jewelry and art. I hope you will find it to be a colorful, inspiring and happy experience.
I use vitreous glass powders called enamel to fuse color to metal. Since not all metals can be enameled, my choice is fine silver and sometimes steel tiles. There are many techniques in enameling. Making cloisonné is what I love the most. Light interacting with transparent enamel is amazing! Because cloisonné is time consuming and exacting, I make enamel jewelry on a smaller scale. I use fine gold, silver or copper wires to create an outline. The outline is then filled in with multiple layers of colored enamel. Enamel is finely ground and then washed with distilled water.
I fire each layer in a kiln at 1500 degrees. Every piece of cloisonné has been fired multiple times. Once the cloisonné cells or cloisons have been filled, I grind down the enamel to the tops of the wires. The enamel can then be polished it to a high shine or fired one last time.
Cloisonné can start from a design, but my favorite way to work is sitting down with wire and a prepared fine silver base and just seeing what or who shows up!
I'm glad you're here, and I'd like to invite you to keep up with what's happening on my Blog page and view previous cloisonné jewelry and art in my cloisonné gallery.
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