I found a place to buy metal! I am so happy! It is even cheaper than in the states! They don’t sell discs, but that is good because I should cut my own and only my own. Anyway, it took 3 years to find a place. I had been buying from the states and it was such a pain in the ass. It was so expensive too! The shipping killed the whole deal everytime. Being we don’t have much money, well it wasn’t easy either. I really need copper. So this is just a wonderful thing! They sell Bronze, Brass, Nickle Silver, Black Bronze, and Copper. So here are pictures of what it looks like. It is a hole in the wall joint, tiny, dark and pretty ugly. But I see the beauty behind all the dirt! hehe.
Since I have no hope of going to a school to learn to enamel I search the internet continually for things that inspire me and make me try or at least understand new things in Enameling. This site has a nice selection of work that this student has been doing. These are very nice.
I hope you enjoy them! Like I did!
So this is what we are all supposed to do as Enamelist. I wonder how many actually do this? I haven’t. I admit it. I prefer to tell the truth than to lie. I want to do this, but I am strapped for funds to buy sheets of copper. I know, everyone says copper is cheap. Well where I am it is not. At least not any that I have found. I really do want to make my samples. I figure I will learn alot. Do you people who have samples actually use them, or are they just there? I have mixed feelings. Anyway, this picture is exactly what we are supposed to do. It is supposed to be handy and if you have the samples I have been told you will use them alot.
What a great picture of what copper has to look like before you can enamel it….I have been watching Orange Peel Enamel on both Etsy and Flickr for a while, but these pictures really a fantastic. I love how well these are domed, I wish she would expand on her process though!
Aren’t these just the bomb! I am always admiring the work of others and I think these are just it! I love what she is doing and they are so much fun! I know she will do fantastic with these. I am really curious about the process that she uses, and what exactly she does to hold things together. But this is really neat and fun to see! Lovely picture besides!
Well, I have been having alot of issues, mostly financial. But I was finally able to order some copper! It is at my Mom’s house in the states and she sent me a small “test” package with 82 pieces of copper. It got here just fine! about 900 more pieces to go! hehe, also I have a Kiln, some used Enameling books from ebay, and other items that she needs to send me soon (hint hint)
Metalliferious is the joint I ordered from. I also ordered a roll of tinned copper wire. But I didn’t know exactly “tinned” meant. Yikes. hehe, maybe what I got is something I cannot use. I want it for the tiny little “domed” pieces of copper for buttons, I plan on making rings and soldering them on with hard solder. I am hoping this copper wire will work. the size is perfect, 16 gauge. I hope my plans are doable and I believe that I have to use hard solder or else the soldering will fall apart once I apply the enamel. I don’t dare ask anyone in the yahoo enameling group. I have been told not to ask questions. So I won’t be doing that over there. So if someone wants to comment to help me with this idea I would appreciate it!
I had to have the copper shipped to my Mom because they only use UPS and the shipping would have been approx. $300 US to here in Mexico. I wish more companies would do US Mail because there is a flat rate box for $29.99 that can hold up to 20lbs in it. So I am going to get it little by little. I bought 1 gross each of 7 different sizes and types. I have 2″, 1 1/2″, 1 1/4″, 1″, 7/8″ round discs and 5/8 & 3/4″ domed circles. It was like $700 dollars for this order! whew. I hope they have the best prices, but it is a done deal now, so maybe next time I can find something better? Comments anyone?
So now that I have a supply I can start doing more and am so very excited. I do have a kiln here, but I can only use it in the evenings and on Sundays, the other days it is being used full time for lampworking glass.
This site has alot of good info too. I especially like the post on Fold Forming. Something that could and probably would go well with Enameling. I have already done something along those lines with some thin copper that I have here, my first attempts showed me how the stress of enamel will bend the metal, I counter enameled and it straighten out. But I need to figure out a better trivet to keep the piece supported better. Anyway I am getting off track here. Check this out, alot of neat stuff too!