Well, I wasn't a complete and TOTAL failure at enameling -- I just think I did what I always do when I get over-excited in classes and rushed through and didn't take the time to appreciate the relationship between the flame and the bead and the enamel. So I'm excited to show you these earrings I made here at home in my own studio.
Rather than continue to burn up brass filigree beads (and oh how I want to master enameling those beauties!) I turned to copper plates. These held up to my duel-fuel lampwork torch more readily, and I was pleased to finally get it right. I then hammered copper washers for the tops.
If you're interested in getting the copper parts for these earrings, visit Fundametals.net -- they have a huge selection of copper designs!
Hope to see you in Annapolis, MD, in October!
Lori Anderson makes jewelry for Lori Anderson Designs. She also writes for the blog An Artist's Year Off and occasionally contributes to Art Bead Scene. She dreams in color.