I have leather enameling gloves...but I never use them. Getting tired of my thumb always getting just a tad bit too hot when I put those pieces in the kiln!!!...maybe I should wear those gloves:-)

Anyway ...I am working on a wonderful light steel blue  and golden orange floral piece...it's very tedious. 
Have been trying to find some short cuts...but there are not many!!

Here's an interesting tid bit.  I am using eutectic solder for these little flowers.  The first flower I put in the kiln I was not thinking and put it in a hot kiln that was ramped up to 1515 F.  Well, this solder is suppose to melt/flow at 1460 F.  The flower was  in the kiln for a minute and a half...but when I took it out of the kiln...it was fine.  It had not come apart.  Perhaps I was just lucky on that one!!:-)  Nice to know there is room for error on the soldering flow temp!

Views: 235

Tags: Aimee, Blue, Domash, Enameling, Rock, Salmon, Studio, art, jeweler, metalsmith

Comment

You need to be a member of crafthaus to add comments!

Join crafthaus

Comment by Deborrah Daher on May 7, 2011 at 9:15am
Bring some examples to the SMM meeting, Aimee - I would love to see the construction method and get "hands on" - beautiful!
Comment by Aimee A. Domash on May 5, 2011 at 9:16pm

That is good to know Kimberly...Thanks!;)

Catherine...I did actually start out making them with a ball at one end and wrapping the other end...but they looked messy and unprofessional...so I decided soldering them would be better.  But balling the other end is a good idea as well.

Thanks!! 

Comment by Catherine Witherell on May 3, 2011 at 11:22pm
And I heard recently from Judy Stone that only after the 2nd or third firing will the join be weakened to the point of falling apart, so it's best to really think through your project, keep the firing to a maximum of 2 per piece and you should be fine.  With the blossoms on your necklace there if you could join them with a balled rivet instead of solder it would be even better.  Last, perhaps the temperature could be 1400 tops.
Comment by Kimberly Nogueira on May 3, 2011 at 6:15pm
It's my understanding that if if you've soldered a piece, the "reflow" temperature of the solder will be higher than the solder's original melting temperature.  I'm not sure if that explains your success or not but anyway, your enameling is gorgeous!

Latest Activity

Alexis Archibald liked James McNabb's photo
4 hours ago
Alexis Archibald liked Daniel Evan Schwartz's photo
9 hours ago
Brigitte Martin liked Chris Ramsay's photo
11 hours ago
Brigitte Martin commented on Linda Kaye-Moses's blog post Excited about these events
"Thank you, Linda. I would love to hear more about the Enamelist Society's conference in August. Pls post your impressions and some images if you can. Thank you! See you at SNAG in Boston!!"
14 hours ago
Jan Schachter posted an event

Drawn IN at Chelsea, NYC

May 11, 2015 from 6pm to 8:30pm
A benefit to be held in NYC for the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts.  It will feature drawings by well known ceramic artists,  Monday, May 11, 20156-8:30 p.m.Cavin Morris Gallery210 11th Avenue, NY, NYFor details -http://watershedceramics.org/drawn-in/for a raffle if you can not attend:http://watershedceramics.org/drawn-in-raffle/See More
23 hours ago
Maria Camera and Sean Macmillan are now friends
yesterday
Linda Kaye-Moses posted a blog post

Excited about these events

Hello all crafhausers,The seasons of Spring and Summer have been shaping up to be very exciting for me and I wanted to share…See More
yesterday
Katja Toporski liked Ana M. Lopez's blog post Content/s heading to Taiwan
yesterday
Brigitte Martin liked Deborrah Daher's photo
yesterday
Brigitte Martin posted a blog post

Americans for the Arts (AFTA) 2015 Convention June 12-14

The 2015 Annual AFTA Convention will bring together more than 1,000 nonprofit, business and community leaders to Chicago to exchange ideas and engage in the real-world application of the arts as a means of transforming American communities.Registration for the June 12-14 conference is now open at …See More
yesterday
Kimberly Nogueira liked Brigitte Martin's blog post The Alchemist Picnic at Touchstone Center for Craft
yesterday
Brigitte Martin commented on Roxy Lentz's status
"An online exhibition of the CORE group artwork will go online right after the Boston conference."
yesterday

© 2015   Created by Brigitte Martin.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service