Information for enameling books is never really done; as Jean Vormelker says: the 3Ls - Life Long Learning. Thus, the TOC and projects listed below include links to new information or updates that were not able to make it into the book. In addition, I have listed any corrections to the book that have been reported. I look at myself at being the Archivist of Contempory Enameling in that I'm trying to document all new things I can find. To this end I am also listing links to enamel education - videos, on-line webinars and classes available.
I teach enameling at the John C. Campbell Folk School. If you are not already a member of The Enamelist Society or any other organizations, please consider joining. The Carpenter Art Enamel Foundation has transitioned.
Also, I'm heavily into beading, mainly Bead Embroidery. But I also work with other beading techniques. If you'd like to learn more about seed beads, see my Bead Knowledge Center. For all of you parents and grandparent, here is something to help you bond with the kids... my daughter and grandson started a YouTube channel about kid friendly foods - check it out: The Finnegan Clan.
Many comments are being made about all the new things described in the book. One person asked me how I found all these things. Read here about my philosophy in writing this edition.
Challenges: Looking for a reason to enamel - try these challenges
- Create a piece using something you learned from the book and I'll post it on this site. Just email me with a photo and description, including what you learned in the book to create it, and permission to post it.
- Ever hear of Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)? These are small pieces of artwork, in any media, which have to be 2.5" x 3.5" in size. I have been creating these for years with my bead embroidery, but now am creating with enamel, too. See my ATCs. The challenge is to create some ATCs and swap with others. I'd be interested in swapping with you - just send me photos of the ones you've created and check mine out for which you'd like to swap.
it's always challenging to start a new endeavor. This book has all the info you will need to be successful. However, there is so much information about enameling that you might find this daunting. The book is set up in order of what you need to know - that is, the chapters are: your studio (ie: tools and space), the materials needed (enamels, supplements and add-ons, and metal) and then how to apply, fire and finish an enamel. I suggest the following to get you started...
Enamel on copper using opaque enamels at least as a base (transparents have special considerations on this metal). The most basic projects are the Traditional Sgraffito and Stenciling projects so try those out first. Once you are comfortable with the process, graduate to other projects such as Decals, Eutectic Effect and Separation Enamel. Then try others such as Graphite Pencil, Pitting Enamels and Basse Taille. The most difficult forms of enameling as Plique-à-jour and Vessel Forms.
Be sure to read the introduction to the projects to see what you can learn from each of them. Enjoy the process because even if the piece does not come out the way you expected, it could very well be an Oops Perfect!