Hand-Painted Enamel Necklace
This pendant starts with a simple piece of copper. Using enamel powder, the piece is heated to about 1500 degrees (I prefer to use a hand-held torch rather than a kiln) and the powder fuses to the copper and forming a smooth layer of glass - it's quite magical! This process is repeated several times on both the front and the back, to build up color and to stabilize the metal. The design on the front comes from a black and white decal that I make myself and then fire into the glass. Finally, using a combination of several types of enamel paint and a tiny, tiny paintbrush, I colorize the decals and fire them one last time. That simple piece of copper will have been torched up to ten times before this process is complete. I enjoy this work immensely and delight in seeing the pieces blossom before my eyes.
The chain is silver-plated with a non-tarnish coating and is embellished with pink and green glass beads that were hand-selected and hand-wrapped to perfectly accentuate the enamel pendant. The chain is 24" long with a 2" extender and the pendant is 1-1/4" in diameter. This necklace can be lengthened or shortened upon request.