We had only been married a few years and we decided to do a class at nightschool. Enamelling was a bit different to most of the things on the "Prospectus" so we gave it a go. After the course had finished I wanted to do more and, for my birthday, Graham bought me enough stuff to carry on at home.
You may recognise three of these little pots as "Cold Cream" pots, the other one is a little jam pot - I 'hoarded' them once they were empty and made these little tops for them. The actual tops are made from sheet copper which I cut out and then added the enamel powders, glass shapes, rods and nuggets. I also used millefiore (or Billy Fury's as we call them) on some of the things I made.
The tops were then fired in a kiln and whilst they were still extremely hot (and in the kiln) I pulled a pointy tool - well it was very similar - through the glass bits and pieces and the glass mixed together slightly as in the pics. This isn't as simple as it sounds because I had to do 'things' to the metal beforehand to stop it bending etc. After they were cold I painted round the edge of the cold cream jars with black matt enamel paint and glued the top in place.
I hope you are still with me - yup this is a little long - albeit piccy wise and I trust you haven't nodded off! Do let me know if you like them, despite the total danger to myself - hot things and moi! - I loved making them. Can't remember why I stopped doing them ................ oh yes I do .... we went on to Shotokan karate! Before you bust a gut laughing we both got to brown/white belt - just one short of black belt! See I was really fit once upon a time, mind you now I have a bad back, bad knees, bad hip! lol.
Finally, I just want to thank you for stopping by and I hope you leave me a comment or three. I love reading them as you all know, and I enjoy my blog and my blog friends. I love the fact that I receive emails from some of you now as well.
Enjoy the rest of your day - I must tell you about the book I have just been reading next time I blog. It was a corker!