Nancy L.T. Hamilton
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From Art Linkletter to Sgraffito, it's all here.
|The Enamel Issue
Wu Ching Chih - The Emotion of 1/4, Enamel
As usual, this Newsletter is too long and, especially with this issue, very image heavy. There is just so much beautiful work out there and I wanted to share it with you. It makes me so excited to see beautiful art: my breath catches, my heart pounds, I make odd, unexpected, embarrassing squeals - like I've received the most perfect gift in the world - which I have. Enjoy!
New Web Pages
Sorry for the lack of videos recently. Between vacations, the move and Burning Man (Lisa, my videographer went), there wasn't a lot of time. Busy summer!
- My very silly trailer of the studio move: Nancy LT Hamilton, Lou the Cat and Rigo Move the Studio. I've been told that I held the phone the wrong way (as some have pointed out) . Didn't know there was a rule. Sorry. Hey, I just learned how to text this year! Took me 6 months to find my voice mail. Drives my son and (obviously) others crazy.
***Correction from issue 6: I incorrectly posted Wanaree Tanner's name as Taylor. Sorry Wanaree
Pictures of "Newish Work" That, unfortunately, is not enameled!
Floral Bouquet Ring: Sterling, Brass, Bronze, Copper, Fine Silver, Argentium Silver. Lots of Chasing and Repousse. The copper used is darkened with Liver of Sulphur.
Flower Cuff: Brass, Bronze, Sterling, Fine Silver, Argentium Silver, Copper, Dyed Howlite. More chasing and repousse and a bunch of piercing with the saw too!
Art Is You
Just finished teaching at Art Is You in Petaluma. I had the most amazing class!!! But, boy, my back hated it. I think I brought half of my studio with me and it's a pretty heavy studio. Obsessive, perhaps...compulsive, I'm starting to think so. Thanks to the 9 students in my class: you were truly fabulous.
I also took a non-jewelry class with Michael deMeng. That was entertaining, a little dark and very messy. Here's my creepy effort:
We used a ton of acrylic washes, Aves Apoxie Clay, Dap Kwik Seal (yep, tub and tile adhesive for texturing) and dolls, that we mutilated. I love sculpting and painting so, the class hit the spot.
As usual, the buffet lunch at the Sheraton in Petaluma, CA, was amazing. Sallianne and Ellen, of Art is You, did a great job with this year's event - as usual.
In summary: Made a few new friends, saw a few old ones and met some of my viewers. Made art, helped others create something that they didn't know they could and enjoyed myself. I've finally recovered from all that fun!
Enamel - Exploring different forms of this amazing material
Acrylic Enamel from Delphi Glass
Over the years (since the 13th century), humans have come up with many interesting ways to alter/embellish/ornament metal with glass. One of the techniques that our ancestors developed was enameling. Our great, great, great, perhaps, not-so-great, "grandpappies" and "grandmammies" also came up with a plethora of ways to apply that glass to metal. Some of their inventions, you may have already heard of: Champlevé, Cloisonné, Basse Taille, Grisaille, Limoge, and Plique-á-Jour. The ideas kept coming: water color enamels, enamel marking pens, enamel crayons or pencils, enamel decals (see below for links), liquid enamel, acrylic enamel, screen printing and luster decals.
Are there lots and lots of ideas floating around your head right now? Or are you wondering if your ancestors had something to do with this enameling thing? Well, obviously, there is much to do (and for me to talk about) so, we shan't worry about them just now. Enameling Now and Then by Karen L. Cohen at Ganoksin, provides a, seemingly endless list of enameling techniques for you to research and learn! It makes me tired just thinking about the amount of techniques that I've yet to try!
Did you know, that you can make your own decals or have them made for you. Further down in the Newsletter are links on this subject - if you are still awake.
Water Color Enamels from Delphi Glass
Carefree Lusters Enamel from Delphi Glass
Expanding your Enameling Horizons
Have you heard of Sgraffito? It's a process where you scratch through one layer of enamel to reveal another layer (or color) beneath. Graffiti and Sgraffito are very related in their origins.
Ever seen this guy? This is Kilroy and he's been a graffiti phenom since World War II. Wonder if he can enamel? You could sgraffito him. Just an idea.
- They are both italian in origin (I hope they are also good looking!)
- They both relate to scratching into a surface
- Graffiti is the plural of graffito
- Both the early Romans and Greeks were graffiti artists (or wall desecrators - depending on the quality of the work and of course, your mood at the time.)
- The origin of the word is from the Greek "graphein". Translation: to write.
So many different effects can be achieved with Sgraffito. Here's a tutorial from Copperheart Enameling to give you an idea of how the process works. Another from Tom Ellis at Ganoksin. Video: Sgraffito - Method 1 of 4 by Art Jewelry Magazine. There are more places to visit and more information to glean, further on, in the newsletter.
Sgraffito Enamel Pendant by S. Sue Szabo
Wu Ching Chih
Making Your Own or Custom Enamel Decals
Books on Enameling
by Jill Hermans: Took my breath away when I saw this!
Rio Grande Enameling Videos
- Articles by Enamelwork Supply, Inc. Making Fired Enamel Samples, Working with Foil and Leaf, Introduction to Enameling, Enameling 101 for Metal Clay Artists, etc.
- Luster Decal Sheets by Pat Diacca Topp at Ganoksin.com
- Enameling on Rio Grande's Blog: The Studio. Lots of information on enameling.
- Experimental Techniques for CareFree Lusters by Harry McDaniel from Glass on Metal Magazine 1994.
- Cloisonne Primer (The) History of Cloisonne Technique by Woodrow Carpenter at Ganoksin.
- Overview of Metal Preparation by Woodrow W. Carpenter, Glass on Metal Magazine, January 1982.
- Painting Enamels on Galina Selezneva's enamel painting technique from Glass on Metal 1992.
- SES FAQS - Information on starting out in enameling, which white to pick, liquid enamels, etc.
- Troubleshooting by Enamelwork Supply, Inc. Black spots, bubbles and pits, color changes, melted wires, pulling away, reddish transparents and warping. Sounds like fun!
(A Few) Guilds
Other Enamel Artists
(there are many more but, I'm getting tired and this Newsletter is getting too long!)
by Kathryn Osgood
***Safety notes when working with enamels: wear a N95 particulate mask when sifting and mixing enamels. Wear UV protective glasses when using a kiln or torch. Protect against developing cataracts! I wish I had used them earlier in my career. Probably wouldn't be having cataract surgery soon!!!!
When working with leaded enamels, extra precautions are required. Enamelwork Supply Company has information on working safely with leaded enamel. I would add one further note: keep pets out of the studio when working with this type of enamel. Actually, if you use leaded enamels, it would be best if they stayed out forever.
Should start calling this newsletter: the Linkletter. "The Art Linkletter". You old folks, like me, will see through my little pun and while you youngsters argue about what is wrong with my brain, we'll be sittin' back, a rockin' in our chairs and thinking: those "Kids say the darndest things!"
Thanks for hanging out with me! Make beautiful things and be happy! Nancy