How TO!

So, cute husband asked me to make a stamped enameled pendant for a Co Workers wife and then asked if I would snap some photos of the process so they could see the basics of how they were made, so here you go!!

Hand punch circles out of copper sheet.  There are many options for sizes.

Hand punch circles out of copper sheet. There are many options for sizes.

You stamp each letter individually.  I have only broken one finger over the years while stamping, and I have made LOTs of personalized pieces.

You stamp each letter individually. I have only broken one finger over the years while stamping, and I have made LOTs of personalized pieces.

ALL stamped up and ready for enamel.  This one was personalized for an anniversary gift.

ALL stamped up and ready for enamel. This one was personalized for an anniversary gift.

first layer of enamel, which is usually a white, or transparent clear, depending on the effects you are going for and what color comes next!

first layer of enamel, which is usually a white, or transparent clear, depending on the effects you are going for and what color comes next!

cooking at about 1450.  With the door open to take this photo I lost about 100 degrees!

cooking at about 1450. With the door open to take this photo I lost about 100 degrees

My working tray of enamel powders. Lots of colors to choose from.

My working tray of enamel powders. Lots of colors to choose from.

Now comes color, and chunks of frit!

Now comes color, and chunks of frit!

JAX always wonders what I am up to.

JAX always wonders what I am up to.

 

I cool on a warm surface first.  If it cools to quickly the enamel will pop off of the copper.

I cool on a warm surface first. If it cools to quickly the enamel will pop off of the copper.

ALL done!!  The only thing left to do is sand the back and add a bail.

ALL done!! The only thing left to do is sand the back and add a bail.

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  I may not post again until 2015

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