This week I have been playing with combining enameled components by firing them together. There is a learning curve, for sure! Once you have the pieces you want to combine fired, putting them together so they form one cohesive element is the tricky part.
If all components have holes, it is a bit easier...just line them up on your mandrel and re-introduce in the flame until the enamel starts to get glassy and use your pulling station or tool (pliers/tweezers) to make sure they come into contact and stick.
Here are few sets I put together...
When one or more of the elements don't have a mandrel hole, it gets a bit more complicated...if one piece has a hole and you can get it hot enough and turn it around on the mandrel just so, you can add the other component with tweezers/pliers. You can also use a firing tripod and trivet if you don't mind the bottom piece sticking a bit.
Here is a pair I am happy with that I did in this fashion...
Another set I tried, I just couldn't get the top component to stay where I wanted, and the bottom layer overfired while I played :( Practice, practice, practice!!
For more information on combining enameled components together in this manner, check out Barbara's Ning site...she has some great video tutorials.
Our own Sue Kennedy has become a master of this technique....here is a pair of her cool compound beads.
|From our own Sue Kennedy of SueBeads|