Fun with Raku enamel


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I played a bit with the raku process a while back and got so-so results.  Then I listened to a video by Jean Tudor through the Enamelist Society, Inc and she inspired me to give it another try.  I incorporated some of her suggestions  and was able to get some really nice results.  As she says - if it doesn't come out the way you want it the first time, heat it up and try again.  In most cases it takes 2-4 tosses into the can to get the look I want - or to get the 2 parts of earrings to look somewhat similar. 

Here is a little video I made with a very high level view of the process :)


These were the first pair I made after watching her video and taking notes.  I still haven't decided which side I'll show in the design.

raku copper earrings hammered fold formed torch enamel

Next I worked on some spirals.  This pair just has a transparent enamel and gets OK reactions.

raku enamel spiral copper earrings handmade jewelry

In this pair I used the same transparent enamel, but then added some frit (crushed glass bits) of a different transparent enamel color and got this beautiful reaction.

raku enamel copper spiral earrings jewelry handmade

I need to get some of that frit in powder form!

My next experiment will be with 2 transparent powders and my 4th will be the 2 transparent powders and the frit. 

I'll be making designs with all of these and they'll debut later this month in my Raku Collection!  If you aren't subscribed to my newsletter sign up and you'll get the first look at the Raku Collection.



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