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Technique


CREATING AN ENAMEL PLAQUE

Enamelling is the craft of applying powdered glass onto a metal surface (usually copper) and firing it in a kiln. Enamel melts around 800°Centigrade and becomes a glaze on cooling.

Copper wire is bent and placed over an outline 'cartoon' drawing of the design on paper. Sheet copper is cut to the required size and prepared for enamelling. Enamel flux is sieved onto the plaque. Using tweezers, the wire design is carefully transferred to the powdered surface and fired. On cooling, the wires become fixed to the enamel surface. Sections (or cloisons) thus formed are filled with wet enamel paste. The wire 'walls' prevent colours mixing together.

It is then fired a second time. The hot plaque is removed from the kiln and, when it cools the actual colours emerge jewel-like in their glassy brilliance.

Arctic Tern, enamel plaque, made in Ireland, Eala Enamels

Arctic Tern, finished enamel plaque

 

Sieving, Eala Irish Enamels, Ireland, handmade, enamels, plaques, religious, decorative, personalised name plates, retirement gifts, corporate gifts,

Wire cloisons, Eala Irish Enamels, Ireland, handmade, gifts, enamels, plaques, religious, decorative, personalised name plates, retirement gifts, corporate gifts,

kiln, eala enamels, Ireland

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