Sunday, 7 April 2013

Émail. First attempt

French for enamel is émail*. No computer technology involved in painting liquid enamel (powdered glass) on to copper plates, drawing into the enamel once dry, and then firing in a kiln at 800 degrees celsius.
Wonderful to watch the unpredictable (to me) colours that appear as the metal cools, and to see the black firescale crack and jump off the copper where no enamel has been applied. An addictive process. This photo misses the gloss of the enamel and the gleam of the copper.

* Appearance of random bits of french due to french husband.

1 comment:

  1. These are lovely. See the most recent post on the English Buildings blog for another kind of mark-making on metal.