Cloisoinne is an age-old technique of applying colored glass to copper, silver and gold using thin wires to separate the cells. It is a beautiful art form that can be used for making small objects such as jewelry and religious images, to much larger items like bowls, vases and enamel sculptures.
Things You'll Need
- Silver wire, fine
- Gold, depletion gilded sterling silver, fine silver or copper metal in shape of choice
- Alundum Stone
- Fiberglass brush
Preparing and Firing Cloisonne`
Clean your metal thoroughly then spray it with a thin, even coat of Klyr-Fire mixed with water.
Arrange the cloisonne silver or copper wire in the desired design. The wire will stick to the Klyr-Fire until the piece is fired.
Wash your enamel pieces. Add wet enamel to the metal in the design you're using.
Put your cloisonne piece into a kiln that is heated to 1,600 degrees. When the enamel melts, remove piece and allow to cool.
Add more enamel and repeat the process. You may need to do this several times to get the desired look.
Smooth your piece by grinding it with alundum stone under water.
Wash the piece using a fiberglass brush.
Fire-polish your cloisonne piece. Allow to cool completely.
Tips & Warnings
- Don't do anything to try to cool the piece faster as it could crack the enamel. Let it cool naturally.
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