Enameling Made Easy (+DVD)

Anat Silvera
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It's affordable and easy to add brilliant color to metal using a handheld torch.  This book-with-DVD shows you how to  hone your metalworking skills and covers basic setup, terms, tools, and techniques for 27 varied enameling projects.
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The power of color comes alive with Enameling Made Easy, a new book-with-DVD featuring a wide range of introductory techniques for firing colorful enamel onto metal. Anat Silvera teaches jewelry makers multiple ways to create depth and texture with this rich medium as well as how to hone their metalworking skills — all using only an affordable handheld butane torch.

From traditional cloisonne to stylish sgraffito, Enameling Made Easy teaches how to add glorious color to metal. Jewelry makers will find it easy to learn with this combination book and DVD workshop. The basics of setup, terms, tools, and techniques prepare jewelry makers for 27 varied projects that build confidence through hands-on learning. The bonus of watching 12 techniques in action on the DVD assures success.

Author: Anat Silvera
Size: 6 3/4 x 8 7/8
Pages: 144
Color photos: 400
Black & White photos: 0
Illustrations: 0
Author Bio

ANAT SILVERA has loved jewelry since she was a little girl growing up in Los Angeles. Before and after college she studied with artists and craftsmen, apprenticing as a metalsmith and learning how to create fine beadwork. Anat has exhibited and sold her work all over the U.S., including in an exhibit as a featured artist at the Oakland Museum of Art Collectors Gallery. Anat is a member of Northern California Enamel Guild and the Enamelist Society. She and her husband, Joe Silvera, operate a teaching studio in Berkeley, California, where they specialize in sharing home-friendly approaches to metalsmithing and enameling for jewelry designers, beadworkers, and hobbyists. They also team-teach at other venues including the Bead&Button Show and several BeadFest locations.

Table of Contents

PART 1: Getting Started
Enameling Basics: Overview of enameling techniques, materials, tools, setup, and safety
Metalwork Basics: Fundamentals of soldering, punching, drilling, dapping, sawing, filing, and polishing
Enameling & Metalwork Toolkits

PART 2: Projects
Multidangle Earrings 
Holey Pod Earrings
Kinetic Washers Necklace 
Stenciled Pendant
Stamped Dog Tag
Three-Toned Twins
Foldformed Leaf Pendant
Dots, Dots, Dots Pendant
Teardrop Dangle Earrings
Buds on a Vine Necklace
Shimmer Earrings
Enameled Dish
Sticks & Stones Earrings 
Sgraffito Tab-Set Pendant
Spiral Wire Necklace
Birds of a Feather
Serendipity Enameled Bead
Riveted Hearts Pendant
Gingko Leaf Pendant
Cloisonné Lines Pendant
Cityscape Pendant
Pique-a-Jour Dots Earrings
Soldered Reversible Pendant
Enameled Cabochon Ring
Frilly Flower Ring
Giverny Pendant
Amphora Pendant

Acknowledgments, About the Author

INCLUDES DVD - 12 enameling techniques
Vitreous enameling is a decorative art form which dates back thousands of years. The durable material is made by fusing powdered glass on metal with high temperatures. Gorgeous jewelry can be made with this technique.  Some historical examples include cloisonné (both Chinese and European) where the glass is melted with wire cells and the work of Art Nouveau masters like Rene Lalique.
Those wishing to learn how to enamel metal need not invest in a kiln for firing.  Anat Silvera's book, Enameling Made Easy, which I received for review, shows how beautiful enameled pieces can be created with just a hand held butane torch. The simple way of using a torch to heat the pieces hot enough so the glass melts is perfect for small pieces.
The book is a definitive guide for enameling beginners covering the basics like how to fill the torch, type of enamels as well as specific techniques used in the 27 projects. The spiral bound book makes it easier for beginners to have this reference book on hand. Some metal smith techniques like punching holes, soldering, drilling, dapping, filing and riveting are also covered in the basics section.
Anat is an experienced teacher so she included FAQ (frequently asked questions) and troubleshooting sections.  Toolkit lists were also very helpful as are the tips and safety considerations.
The book starts with some easy projects where the student learns how to create enamel by first sifting the enamel powder over metal pieces. Each piece is placed on a metal trivet set on a firing brick and fired from below. It just takes a couple of minutes to fire each time. The discs are first enameled at the back (this is called counterenameling which helps stabilize an enamel piece) and then at least 2 more coats on the front. 
The remaining projects show many fun creative ideas.  Using stencils when sifting the enamel powder is one easy way to add design patterns.
Sgraffito,which involves "scratching" designs into the top layer of sifted enamel before firing, is another way.
Objects such as glass beads and wire can also be added to the pieces. Firing will melt the enamel around them so they too are permanently fused onto the pieces.
Even rubber stamps can be used as a means of adhering the enamel powder to the inked areas only before firing. 
The author demonstrates some wonderful cloisonné projects using wet packed enamel in between the bits of wire as shown in this Cityscape pendant design - one of my favorites!  
Another project shows off the Plique-à-jour (French for "letting in daylight") enameling technique where the enamel is suspended in small holes in the metal piece. The light can thus shine through the enamel like stained glass. 
Although the book was thorough, the accompanying 25 minute DVD demonstrating some of the key techniques was very helpful.  Nothing beats seeing how it is done. The combination book and video makes it a worthy buy for those who want to venture down the enameling path with some metal working on the side.
-Pearl Blay, Beading Gem's Journal

I can't say enough about Anat Silvera's book, Enameling Made Easy. I've been dabbling in enamels for the past few months and just recently got more into it. Her book, which includes a bonus DVD (YES!), is my new bible! It says it's for beginners & beyond and it sure is! It's so comprehensive that I can't think of a single thing that that might have been missed. A must have for anyone interested in torch fired enameling.
-Lea Avroch, lajewelrydesigns

Enameling Made Easy: Torch-Firing Workshop for Beginners & Beyond includes a bonus 25-minute DVD offering close-up visuals on firing stages and production to accompany a clear, step-by-step book on using an inexpensive handheld torch in creating metal jewelry. All the basics are presented in a jewelry guide that assumes little prior experience with either torch work or jewelry making, and which covers traditional enameling techniques from stenciling to cloisonne. A simple butane torch and some basic jewelry-making supplies is all that's needed to get started: these, and a book packed with color photos and step-by-step directions throughout!
-The Midwest Book Review
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