My jewelry designs begin with an enameling process called Painting with Fire.
Painting with Fire is the technique of melting powdered glass to metal with a torch. Sounds simple enough. However, this is where the simplicity ends. Torch firing requires working from instinct with a sensitive observation of cause and effect of the metal heat and glass. The torch oxidizes and blends the pigments, creates patterns and causes chemical reactions. It also creates an active heat causing the enamel to move while the fuel oxidizes the pigments and in turn mixes with the oxides contained in the metal. In thin applications, transparent enamel will shimmer and opaque enamel will take on varying degrees of translucency with glaze-like qualities. In thicker applications, they will become stronger and appear like stone inlay. The more direct contact with the flame, the more exaggerated these effects become.