Monday, March 2, 2015

march forward...


in which our plucky heroine stays up waaay too late in the workroom...

In this series there will be a half dozen enamels all 1/2" across, primarily done in Limoges (painted) enamel. Each piece is fired at least eight to ten times in the kiln before completion, and once completed the designs will be permanent for centuries, one of the things I so love about this art form. These enamels are each the symbol of a particular honor or affiliation of my patron for this commission, and will be set as buttons and worn together as regalia. I enjoy making regalia, and even moreso making some that steps beyond the standard brooch or pendant jewel...

...starting out with some sketches and some silver...

... the silver is cut into circles...

... the circles are enameled in the base color for the varying designs...

... the Three Mountains design is the most simple in this series...

... and the next piece, the Golden Torc, has an almost dimensional feel, in a space little more than a quarter inch across...

... the beginning of the Phoenix, doesn't look like much more than some blobs of enamel...

... but in time, that enamel can be transfomed into a very tiny detailed image...

...as can the start of of Tullia's heraldry...

... probably the tiniest thing I have ever attempted, the baby rabbits are about 1/8" across. I used a 12/0 brush...

... in Three Mountains, the phoenix is the symbol of a champion...

...and in An Tir, this lion's head is the populace badge...

... the light of Arts & Sciences burns brightly in the doorway...

... and here is the whole set, together... Not bad for a weekend's work!

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March SMART goals
#THINGS MADETHINGS FIXEDTHINGS GONE
1ginger candied peel

29 tiny enamels

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1 comment:

  1. Beautiful! Such careful, detailed work, the recipient is very lucky. LizM

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