Torch Fired Enameling - The Good, Bad and the Ugly

Okey doky then...Gail has been torching.

Window setup
Here is the set up we finally decided upon. That baby puts out some HEAT!

I started out with some metal beads.

Closed holes

Maybe you notice the end holes are closed up or almost non-existent? lol I have yet to consistently learn the trick of getting the beads off my mandrel without pulling hot enamel into the holes and sealing them. As beads these particular ones are pretty much goners. But I expected to ruin some pieces as part of my learning curve.

Open holes

Now these are better! But I'm still trying to figure out how I was better at these than the others.


Then I decided to try some shapes. The heart is copper and the circle is nickel silver. I think it's obvious I toasted them! Those are not the colors they are supposed to be. lol

Solder melt

And this one ai yi yi... I totally wasn't thinking that I soldered this link together! Yeah...solder melts in a roaring flame.

But I don't give up easy. I gave it a rest and tried again the next day.

Experiment nickel silver

This was simply a remnant of nickel silver sheet metal from another cutting. Nothing to lose right?! I was pleased as punch that I got to this.

Now I'm feeling braver. And figuring a few things out (except those darn holes on the beads).


Tried a couple pendants. Could be better but I'm not looking for perfection this early in the game. Just a simple understanding of what I'm doing.

Bracelet bar front

I cut a bracelet bar from nickel silver and was so happy with this!

Bracelet bar back

I think even the back side is pretty and I'm sure you will soon see this in a bracelet.

Brown otter bracelet bar2

This bracelet bar I got a little braver, a little fancier. My light was fading for the photo.


Then for my last piece of the day I got REALLY brave. And it paid off. I love the way this metal flower turned out!


I am looking forward to my next meeting with the flame!

Happy Monday my friends!

Sweet Southern Smoochies ~ Gail xxoo

5 Responses


May 12, 2018

WOW…this is a really special art. Love what you are doing.

Susan Rix
Susan Rix

May 12, 2018

Oh my…Looks like sooo much fun!!! I love all the pieces you made so far…even the ones that have no holes!! You can just say they are fancy marbles!! LOL….Love and hugs to you…Have Lots of fun!!!! xo

Creative Workshops
Creative Workshops

May 12, 2018

Thanks so much Ellen and Leslie!

Ellen W Goncha
Ellen W Goncha

May 12, 2018

Awesome set up Gail! And it didn’t take you too long to really nail the process….the beads will come! ;)


May 12, 2018

Those are awesome girl!!

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How to Measure for a Bracelet or Necklace

Measuring for a Bracelet

Measure your wrist with a flexible tape measure or a strip of paper just above the wrist bone, where you would normally wear the bracelet. If you use a plain strip of paper, make a mark with a pen or pencil. You can then use a ruler to measure the marked length. That would be your wrist size.

If you prefer a snug fit add 1/4" - 1/2" to your wrist size. For a little more of a comfort fit add approximately 3/4" - 1". If you like your bracelets really loose with lots of movement add about 1 1/4". It really is all about personal preference.

 Measuring for a Necklace

Necklace length is truly a personal preference. Lengths pictured here are guidelines for illustrative purposes offer you a visual idea of where a necklace might lie.

Body build will make a difference in where a necklace will fall. The best way to determine where the length of a necklace will fall on you is to measure. It is very easy. Grab a soft tape measure (like used in dressmaking), and stand in front of a mirror. Wrap the tape measure around the back of your neck and find the lengths in front that you like best. No tape measure? No problem. Use something like a string or piece of ribbon, wrap it across the back of your neck and down your front where you want it to hang. Continue to hold on to one end for marking and use a ruler or tape measure and measure from your finger to the end.