Monday, July 23, 2012

Playing with fire for I Might Make That! Monday

Liquid Enamel by Mary Hettmansperger
Here's a cool tute from Lark Crafts for making this necklace, called Liquid Enamel, which is featured in the new book Heat, Color Set & Fire: Surface Effects for Metal Jewelry by Mary Hettmansperger. (Click the link for a downloadable PDF.)

It involves liquid enamel and a blowtorch--cool! I've played with enameling at a summer family camp we used to go to that had a crafts studio, but it was the powdered kind that got baked in a kiln.

I have to confess that I don't like the particular necklace above that much, it's the technique that interests me--which is why I've included it here. I do like the two projects shown on the book's cover, though:

So do you play with fire?

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  1. Oh, no! Fire scares the S*** out of me. My father was in the fire service his whole life and I remember going to fires when we happened to be in the car at the wrong time. Traumatic. And then, irony of ironies, he fell asleep one night with a cigarette in his hand and died of smoke inhalation while the house went up in flames. I cannot play with fire ever!!

    But I must say I like those pieces of jewelry!

  2. I am glad I am a reader or I might have missed the part where you say you don't much care for the necklace itself but you like the technique. One of the best things about making stuff is you can look beyond the piece immediately in front of you and imagine what you will use with that technique. Good post.


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