Delightfully Dotty Enameled Necklace Tutorial
Created by: Rita Hutchinson
- Cut copper sheet to size or use a premade copper blank. If you have cut your own blank, punch hole in appropriate location and file edges to remove roughness.
- Create rings for pendant polka dots. Use solid copper wire and either a coiling tool to create coils of different sizes or the jaws of round nose pliers to create a tapered coil.
- Cut individual rings from coils with flush cutter. Alternate sides when cutting the coil and trimming the end to maintain flat ends on each side of the rings. Close each ring as close to flush as possible.
- Flatten copper blank and wire rings with nylon hammer and steel block.
- Clean blank with penny brite prior to enameling.
- Following all safety procedures, sift a layer of white enamel onto blank over glossy paper. This will allow you to save and reuse the overflow enamel.
- Fire base enamel color and allow blank to cool.
- Spritz enameled blank with klyr fire and place rings in desired locations. Allow all to dry.
- Mix enamel colors with a small amount of klyr fire and water in separate wells of palette. Mixture should be a bit muddy in consistency: if too liquid, the color will bleed out of desired areas.
- Paint enamel colors into the center of the dots with fine paintbrush. Paint remaining surface of blank with background color.
- Fire blank and allow to cool.
- Cut chain into 3 even sections.
- Wire-wrap crystal beads and faceted cubes directly to either end of one chain section. Add links with other crystal colors. Attach additional chain segments to final beaded segment. Crimp pliers are handy for tucking in ends of wrapped wire. Attach jump rings and clasp to end of chain.
- Use two oval jump rings to attach pendant over center section of chain.
- (If desired, use novacan black to patina the crystal links, they will patina naturally over time).
- Need help with the basics?
- For instructions on making wire-wrapped loops, best way to open and close jump rings, etc, see Jewelry Basics 101 (PDF).
- If you're new to enameling, please see our Enameling 101 page, which include a link to our blog article: Torch Fired Enamel Tips
- 1 each #64-980-24 Copper Sheet, 24 Gauge, 6x6"
- 1 spool #47-405-22 Copper Jewelry Wire, 22ga, Round, 125'
- 1 hundred (use 2) #37-190-01-7 TierraCast Antiqued Copper Plated Oval Jump Rings, 17-gauge
- 1 gross (use 16) #26-473-7 3mm Cornerless Cube Beads - Antiqued Copper Plated
- 1 foot #40-090-13-7 Antiqued Copper Plated Cable Chain by the FOOT, 2.1mm
- 1 dozen (use 1) #39-343-7 Antiqued Copper Plated Lobster Clasp, 12mm
- 1 ounce (use 2) #37-100-7 Antiqued Copper Plated Jump Ring, Round, Assorted Sizes
- 1 dozen (use 2) #05-000-04-15 Swarovski 5000 Faceted Round Beads, 4mm - Peridot
- 1 dozen (use 2) #05-000-04-25 Swarovski 5000 Faceted Round Beads, 4mm - Capri
- 1 dozen (use 2) #05-000-04-413 Swarovski 5000 Faceted Round Beads, 4mm - Light Turquoise
- 1 dozen (use 2) #05-000-04-50 Swarovski 5000 Faceted Round Beads, 4mm - Light Topaz
- 1 each #81-500-1237-S Thompson Opaque 80-mesh Enamel for Metals - Butter Yellow, Sample
- 1 each #81-500-1319-S Thompson Opaque 80-mesh Enamel for Metals - Bitter Green, Sample
- 1 each #81-500-1335-S Thompson Opaque 80-mesh Enamel for Metals - Pea Green, Sample
- 1 each #81-500-1010-S Thompson Opaque 80-mesh Enamel for Metals - Undercoat White, Sample
- 1 each #81-500-2520-S Thompson Translucent 80-mesh Enamel for Metals - Aqua Blue, Sample
- 1 each #86-221-07 Penny Brite Copper Gel
- 1 each #81-510-001 Klyr Fire, Holding Medium
- #69-230 Tool, Shear, 7"
- #69-235 EURO TOOL Metal Punch, Two Hole
- #69-341 EURO TOOL Hammer, Nylon Wedge
- #69-366 Economy Needle Files, 6pc
- #69-108 2.5" Square Steel Block, for Stamping and Jewelry Making
- #69-202 EURO TOOL Hand Coiler, Round
- #69-275-02 Wubbers Round-Nose Jewelry Making Pliers
- #69-380 Tapered Flush-Cutter
- #69-351 Safety Glasses, Mirrored
- #69-656 Respirator, Valved
- #86-930 Ranger Artist Brush Set - 7 pieces
- #69-650-S Small Screen Sifter for 80-Mesh Enamels
- #69-428 Tool, Fiber-Grip Cross-Locking Tweezer, 6.25"
- #65-156 Enameling Spatula by Eugenia Chan
- #65-153 Torching Basket for Enameling by Eugenia Chan
- #69-354-9 EURO TOOL Tripod with Mesh Screen, 9"
- #69-620 Handy Flame Butane Torch #65-010 Tool, Pliers, Crimping, 5"
- #69-275-09 Wubbers Bent Chain-Nose Jewelry Making Pliers
- #69-275-03 Wubbers Chain-Nose Jewelry Making Pliers
- Plastic or Glass mixing/paint palette
- Glossy Magazine pages
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