Enamelwork, "technique of decoration whereby metal surfaces are given a vitreous glaze(Glass) that is fused onto the surface by intense heat to create a brilliantly coloured decorative effect. It is an art form noted for its brilliant, glossy surface, which is hard and long-lasting."
Enamel has been used decoratively since Ancient Egypt and Rome, however I am most influenced by the enamel styles of the turn of the 20th century, including the designs of jewelers, Louis Aucoc and Rene' Lalique.
For my jewelry, I apply the ground glass enamel to a precious metal base and fire it in a kiln at temperatures ranging from 1320º F to 1700º F. I use only the very finest American, English, French and Japanese enamels for my jewelry. My pieces consist of many layers of enamel and require numerous firings to achieve their luminous effect. This layering gives enamel colors a particular depth and richness of hue.
Caring for your Enamel Jewelry
Even though enamel is quite stable and is light enough to drop on most surfaces without breaking, I don’t recommend it. You should take precautions when taking your jewelry on or off over hard flooring.
Some of my Favorite Enameling Techniques
Champlevé - enamel is placed in recessed cavities of a metal surface and it is built up until it is flush with the raised metal.
Basse-taille - transparent enamel is fused on top of low cut or patterned metal – this pattern is usually made by engraving or chasing; the glittering metal can be seen through and underneath the enamel.
Guilloché – a decorative engraving technique in which a very precise pattern or design is mechanically engraved into an underlying material with fine detail. After enameling, the intricate pattern can be seen through the transparent enamel. The type I use is made on an ancient rose engine.