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|Cloisonné enamelling is a technique that starts with wire or strips of metal, being shaped into a design, forming ‘enclosures’ / ‘cells’ for enamel. These are ‘glued’ to the backing copper, with klyr-fire gum solution and left to dry before firing. The copper must be clean, before the application of a holding solution. (Some jewellers prefer to solder the ‘wire / strips’ in position).|
|The piece to be enamelled is placed in a kiln, resting on a wire gauze and trivet. The work is then ‘fired’. It may be necessary to ‘fire’ several times, in order to build up the enamel to the depth required, usually to the top of the wire / strips.|
|LIMOGES / PAINTED ENAMEL|
|This technique begins with a background (E.G. copper), being enamelled in white.
Special enamel painting colours, are then brushed on to the background, with an artists paint brush, in the same way as an artist paints a canvas watercolour. Painting enamel is applied a layer at a time, followed by firing. It requires the skills of an artist and a jeweller, for the very best quality, detailed work.
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