That was December. Today it is the second week of March and we’re having 80-degree weather, so during naptime I decided to try torch enameling out in the garage with my “big” butane torch, the one that melts silver way too fast. I figured I’d see if I liked it before spending my free time trying to get my propane tank and lampwork torch to talk to each other. I skimmed the tutorial, lit my torch, unscrewed the cap on an enamel jar, jabbed a few beads, and went at it.
I know you’re not supposed to use enamel straight from the jar. You are also not supposed to eat peanut butter straight from the jar. Don’t tell, ok?
*While I’m off topic I’d like to mention that artBLISS is happening again in Northern Virginia September 21-23, 2012. Registration opens soon, and you can sign up for the mailing list to get notified: http://artblissworkshops.com/
So anyway, aside from having to refill my butane I just kept heating and dunking beads. It was so fun and easy! And no kiln annealing like with lampwork; you can use your beads as soon as they’re cool. I only burnt myself twice. Ahem. Here is what I made today.
Now a Thompson Enamel booth would be like a candy store! Good thing I can mail-order from Barbara (Painting With Fire Artwear). If you’re interested in learning how to do this technique, check out Barbara’s blog with links to everything you need.