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I knew absolutely nothing about enameling when I started this process 3 weeks ago. The techniques I applied in this exploration were gleaned from the wonderful book"Art of Enameling" by Linda Darty, and it wouldn't have been possible without it. I've had this book since last year, more for drooling overing than application. Using a wonderful resource like this, as well as Pam East's book Enameling on Metal Clay, made this piece possible, so big shout out to those lovely ladies for sharing their knowledge.
Whenever we embark on a new creative journey, it's inevitable that we're going to stumble and have some less than desirable results, but I think it's a great way to foster creative thinking... that is if you can get over the potential frustration of the learning curve. To me, the trade off is more than worthwhile. It gives us practice in critical thinking, working outside of our comfort zone, and, perhaps, even shows us failure through trail and error is not a waste of any kind. After all, it's as much about what not to do, as what we need to do. So here it is, I'm not claiming to be an expert of any kind, but I find using Scratch-foam® with enamels opens a world of exciting new possibilities for metal clay. For more information on Scratch-foam® check my previous posts. Click here ( https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9Jm091jwDEGSkxBSFhBN2hUZ09CYXZKT2... ) for the original PDF, which has embedded hyperlinks for the tools I mention in the article. In my next post I'll attempt to set this enameled cab...