Pawrific Enamel Necklace Tutorial
Created by: Summer Melaas
- Punch a hole in the top corners of your copper blank. File any sharp bits.
- Clean your blank very well with warm water and Penny Brite.
- Cut your 22 ga bare copper wire, and shape the wire pieces into a paw print. Make sure they are flat so that no enamel can run under the wire.
- Set wire pieces off to the side.
- Sift your 3 background colors of enamel separately (one color at a time) onto the blank in your desired pattern.
- Carefully move your blank onto the torching basket and into the tripod.
- Torch your blank from the underside. Cool....
- Add your wire paw print pieces to the fired, cooled copper. The blank may have curved slightly during firing; reshape wire paw print pieces to fit flush if nececessary.
- Make a liquid paint slurry with the Klyr Fire and black enamel.
- With a small paintbrush, carefully dab the black enamel paint inside the wire paw print sections. Let dry.
- Place your blank back into the torching basket.
- Torch your blank again from the underside. Cool....
- Carefully clean the back of your enameled blank with the Penny Brite.
- Cut your finished chain in the center. Attach your blank to each side of the chain with a jump ring.
New to jewelry-making? See Basic Jewelry-Making Technique Sheet (PDF) for most secure way to open and close jump rings.
- Visit our original blog article for illustrated Torch Fired Enamel Tips and techniques.
- And Voila, you can show your love and adoration for all pawed creatures!
- 1 each #44-782-23-0 Copper Stamping Blank, Half-Circle, 1-7/16"
- 1 spool #47-405-22 Copper Jewelry Wire, 22ga, Round, 125'
- 1 dozen (use 1 piece) #40-229-18-8 Copper Plated Medium Cable Chain Necklace, 18"
- 1 oz (use 2 pieces) #37-123-8 Copper Plated Jump Ring, Oval, 3x4mm
- 1 pack #81-500-1410-S Thompson Opaque 80-mesh Enamel for Metals - Robin's Egg (Blue), Sample
- 1 pack #81-500-1430-S Thompson Opaque 80-mesh Enamel for Metals - Spruce Green, Sample
- 1 pack #81-500-1237-S Thompson Opaque 80-mesh Enamel for Metals - Butter Yellow, Sample
- 1 pack #81-500-1995-S Thompson Opaque 80-mesh Enamel for Metals - Black, Sample
- 1 each #81-510-001 Klyr Fire, Holding Medium
- 1 each #86-221-07 Penny Brite Copper Cleaner
- #69-238 hole punch
- #69-140 files
- #69-429 tweezer
- #69-271-99 tool kit
- #63-110-01-042 bottle with dropper
- #69-650-s small sifter
- #69-620 torch head
- #69-354-9 tripod
- #65-153 torching basket
- #86-930 small paint brush
- plastic paint pallet or small cups for mixing enamel "paint"
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