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I am an artist, wife and mother, paraeducator, yo-yo dieter, and small town country girl. I love singing in my church choir, computer time, beading and making jewelry. And I love enameling! There is something very magical about turning powder into smooth, shiny, and colorful glass.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Weekend Warrior

       Corrugated Enameled Earring Components

I love the look of corrugated metal. It's modern and rustic both and very easy to achieve with my tube wringer. First I measured and cut 24 gauge sheet copper. I usually use 18 gauge copper for enameling but I needed a thinner gauge to put through the wringer and I didn't care if they warped a little in my kiln. I was going for the rustic look.

I made two different sizes and smoothed the corners with a file. I put a hole in the ends using this great punching tool. I will write a blog on this fantastic tool soon.

 I then ran them through the tube wringer holding it tight so the copper crinkled up good. I lightly flattened them with my rubber mallet.

I cleaned them good which was a real pain with all those ridges! I enameled them in my kiln using one coat of clear and one or two coats of opaque and transparents. I discovered that the thinner and lighter coats of enamel looked the best because the ridges showed up better and the look was more rustic and appealing. Pictures of some finished earrings soon to come!!

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