Saturday, October 25, 2008

Cloisonne Practice Project #3: Blue-eye

Here's the third installment in my cloisonne practice project series. Though I couldn't reproduce the particular blue of the blue-eye flower in the photo (I have a more limited palette than Mother Nature!) I was still very happy with the way this one turned out.

I sat down last week and took two days to cut out all five of the shapes, counter-enamel and flux them, bend the wires and fire them into place for all five pieces. After that it took me about a day to do the layers and firings on each one.

cloisonne flower blue-eye

cloisonne flower blue-eye
Cloisonne wires sunk very sligtly in a coat of clear flux (the back is already enamelled

cloisonne flower blue-eye
First coat wet-packed

cloisonne flower blue-eye
First coat sugar fired


cloisonne flower blue-eye
Second coat wet-packed

cloisonne flower blue-eye
Second coat sugar fired

cloisonne flower blue-eye
Third coat sugar fired (I forgot to take the wet-pack photo)

cloisonne flower blue-eye
Fourth coat wet-packed (forgot to take the picture of the fouth coat sugar fired)

cloisonne flower blue-eye
Fifth coat wet-packed

cloisonne flower blue-eye
Fifth coat sugar fired
cloisonne flower blue-eye
6th coat wet-packed
cloisonne flower blue-eye
6th coat sugar fired

cloisonne flower blue-eye
After sanding

cloisonne flower blue-eye
Final fire

1 comment:

Danielle Barlow said...

I've really enjoyed reading your blog - your cloisonne work is beautiful ( and really interesting to see how it is created!)