You have to learn the alphabet before you can write beautiful sentences. As with writing, when you’re enameling jewelry, you have to learn the colors you are working with and what they can do before you can create beautiful pieces of enamel jewelry. The individual colors are your enameling letters. Get to know them. In […]
Today’s “Influencers in Jewelry Design” post continues a series by Marlene Richey that celebrates the most influential and important shapers of contemporary jewelry design. This time, Marlene spotlights metalsmith, master enamelist, and renaissance woman Linda Darty. Linda has played a pivotal role in advocating on behalf of the integrity and versatility of the art form of enameling. Take a look at her story and then tell us how Linda’s work has influenced you. Join the conversation—we want to hear your jewelry Influencer stories!
Go behind the scenes and hear the story of another 2014 Saul Bell Design Award winner. Merry-Lee Rae took first place in the Enamel category and I spent some time getting to know her recently. Take a look to learn more about what makes Merry-Lee tick, then get started on your own masterpiece for the 2016 Saul Bell Design Award competition!
Today, on the The Studio, MariaElena Baca brings us the final chapter of her enameling series. In Enameling 104 you’ll learn the differences between lead-free and lead-bearing enamels, you’ll get step-by-step instructions for how to wash your enamels, and you’ll watch a video featuring expert enamelist, Ricky Frank. Get inspired by today’s post and the entire series, then dive into this fun and colorful technique!
Today, on the The Studio, MariaElena Baca brings us part three of her enameling series. Enameling 103 offers clear step-by-step instructions for properly preparing your metal surface for enamel. Get inspired by today’s post and the entire series, then dive into this fun and colorful technique!
In part two of The Studio’s enameling series, MariaElena Baca sheds light on the choice between using a kiln or a torch to fire your enameled pieces. What are the differences between these two enameling methods? What criteria should you use to decide which method is best for you? Enameling 102 covers these questions and more. Come take a look and consider expanding your skills by taking an upcoming enameling class with the incomparable Ronda Coryell!
Ready to take your Argentium® Silver designs to a whole new level? Want a chance to work side-by-side with one of the world’s foremost experts on this incredible alloy? Looking to add a little color to your metal designs? Or are you one of those jewelry makers who always wants to learn something new? If you answered yes to any (or all!) of these questions, come to Rio in March for our newest class—Torch Enameling on Argentium Silver, taught by gifted instructor and Argentium expert Ronda Coryell.
What inspires you these days? What materials have you been experimenting with? Nearly every month we present you with another “What are You Working on Now?” contest, in which we invite readers to submit a picture or two and a description of what’s on their bench right now. Well, this month’s winner, Sarah Lewis, has won a $10 Rio credit, and January’s contest has officially begun – show us your stuff for a chance to win!
You’ll hear it said many times, “Enameling takes a minute to learn, and a lifetime to master.” Today, The Studio is launching the first in a series of posts by enameling artist MariaElena Baca, that will help you begin to master this vibrant art form. MariaElena begins by covering enameling safety and supplies and future posts will address preparation, step-by-step techniques, and some great projects for beginners.