Go Fly A Kite Enameled Earrings Tutorial

Written by
Summer Melaas
Published on
October 1, 2021 1:01:11 AM PDT October 1, 2021 1:01:11 AM PDTst, October 1, 2021 1:01:11 AM PDT

Created by: Summer Melaas


Designer Tips

  • Carefully mark spots for holes, and use smaller end of EuroTool ""helicopter"" punch to add holes to corners of copper blanks.
  • Clean the blank with Penny Gel per package instructions. Rinse thoroughly and avoid touching further.
  • Spray klyr fire onto blank, and sift on a base coat of white enamel.
  • Mix a small amount of each enamel color that you plan to use with Klyr Fire or distilled water in separate well or container. 
  • Mix each with brush. Desired texture is muddy. If you have too much water, you can wick some away with a brush, add extra enamel, or allow to dehydrate a bit by allowing it to sit.

(optional / as necessary)

  • Transfer blank to torching basket on tripod, and fire. 
  • 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.
  • Allow piece to cool to before touching. You can use the locking tweezers to transfer from the firing basket to a firing brick or pan of warm vermiculite.
  • Clean cooled piece briefly in pickle or with Penny Brite. (If you pickle it too long, or clean it excessively, you will damage the enamel.)
  • Paint desired colors/design onto enamel base coat. Allow wet enamel to dry completely before firing. 
  • Repeat firing, cooling, and cleaning steps.
  • Connect your new components with jump rings, and add ear wires.

Suggested Supplies

  • 2 each #44-780-44 24g  Copper Triangle Blank, medium 12x25mm
  • 2 each #44-780-43  Copper Triangle Blank, large, 44x22mm
  • 1 pair #34-569-03  TierraCast Sterling Silver French Hooks
  • 1 pkg (use 4) #37-295-550  Sterling Silver Jump Ring Round, 5mm 19.5g
  • 1 each #81-510-001  Klyr Fire Holding Medium
  • 1 each #86-221-07  Penny Brite Copper Cleaner
  • 1 each #81-500-1010-02 Thompson Opaque 80-Mesh Enamel for Metals-Undercoat White, 2oz.
  • 1 each #81-500-1880-02  Thompson Opaque 80-Mesh Enamel for Metals-Flame Red, 2oz.
  • 1 each #81-500-1430-02  Thompson Opaque 80-Mesh Enamels for Metals-Spruce Green, 2oz.
  • 1 each #81-500-1415-02  Thompson Opaque 80-Mesh Enamels for Metals-Sea Foam Green, 2oz.
  • 1 each #81-500-2220-02  Thompson Opaque 80-Mesh Enamels for Metals-Chartreuse, 2oz.

Tools

  • #69-235  EURO TOOL 2-Hole Punch
  • #69-275-03  Wubbers Chain-Nose Jewelry Making Pliers
  • #69-275-02  Wubbers Round-Nose Jewelry Making Pliers
  • #65-153 Torching Basket for Enameling by Eugenia Chan
  • #69-345-9 EURO TOOL Tripod with Mesh Screen, 9""
  • #69-613  Handy Flame II Propane/MAPP Torch
  • #69-650-S  Small Screen Sifter for 80-Mesh Enamels
  • #63-110-01-042  Boston Bottle with Dropper, 1 oz., clear