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99 Luftballons Tutorial
ok, so maybe it's just 2 Red Balloons, not 99...
Created by: Summer Melaas and Polly Nobbs-LaRue
Punch a 1/16" hole in each blank, directly opposite the existing loop or hole.
Clean the blanks with Penny Brite to remove all oils.
Spray each blank lightly with Klyr Fire before sifting enamel evenly onto each blank: red on the balloons, and foundation white on the strips.
Carefully transfer a blank to torching basket (in tripod, over a heat-resistant work surface), and torch fire. Strips may need to be torched on the mesh (allow to cool between batches).
Begin heating from the back, and carefully move flame to the top, so you don't blow the enamel off. ...Continued Below...
Designer Tips (continued)
Watch closely: when the enamel begins to melt, you'll see a glossy "orange peel" stage where the enamel beads up before slumping to a smooth fired sheen. Fire a bit more, but don't overheat - some colors will scorch.
Use fiber-grip tweezers to carefully grasp fired piece by edges (don't damage the fresh enamel). Set aside and allow to cool in a warm pan of vermiculite.
After cooling, scrub firescale off back with Penny Brite.
Use 5mm gunmetal jump rings to connect the enameled components. For instructions opening and closing jump rings and loops, see Jewelry Basics 101 (PDF)
Open the loop on an ear wire and add to the top of the enameled disk.
2 each #44-780-21 Copper Stamping Blank, Round with Loop, 30x26mm
1 dozen [use 2] #44-722-50-0 Brass Stamping Blank, Long Bar with Hole