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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

virtual book tour stops here

~The House~
"Framed Series"
I am stop number six (mentioned here
on the Virtual Book Tour celebrating the new book 
torch-fired enamel jewelry
a workshop in painting with fire 
written by the talented,
Barbara Lewis
(Thank you Barbara for asking me to share my work on your tour!)
One of the techniques I teach in my "Framed" class, (yes! a simple one),
of torch firing enamel onto a piece of base metal.  
In this case, 24 gauge copper sheet metal.
I love the vivid opaque colors, and this one is my favorite,
"Framed Series"
This piece was the second I designed in the series.
Again, using a piece of copper sheet metal as the base, 
I chose to use the color, Spruce.
Yes, I love the blues and green blues!
~Dance with Heart~
"Framed Series"
My latest "Framed" piece, was basically the same as the first two,
but still slightly different, not counting the clever dangle =)
This time, if you look really close, 
you will notice the subtle difference in the texture of the enameled base layer.
I didn't heat the enamel quite as long, 
removing the torch just before it fully liquified. 
This resulted in an "orange-peel-like" texture.
~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~
Now, as promised, I'd like to share some of the pendants my students made in the 
"Framed" class I taught in Austin last month.
Great work ladies!

Back row:  Cindy, Angela, Janise
Second row:  Pat, Rita, Sue
Third row:  Konnie (on the far right behind me)
Front row:  Charlene, Charlotte, =)
p.s. watch for my "framed" article in the winter 2011 issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry,
due out December 1st. 


beautifullybrokenme said...

WOW! Diane, these pieces are simply gorgeous! I love how you used the enamel to compliment the antiqued and vintage feel to your pieces that so defines your signature style. Your students' pieces are absolutely beautiful as well - I can't wait to read the whole article on your "Framed Series" in the new BAJ - congratulations!

:) Molly

JuLee said...

I like the third framed pendant. I think the "orange peel" texture is appealing. To me, it gives it more antique look.

LindaK said...

I love your jewelry! The subtle use of enamel is great. I like orange peel look sometimes too! I look forward to following you.

Alice said...

I love your 'Framed Series' jewelry! Each has their own story to tell.

I just ordered my Winter Issue of BA last evening. I'm always anxious for it to arrive.

ClickNCamera said...

I'm loving these pendents! What a beautiful way to use enameling and color in your pieces. Your student's work is impressive too.

Creations by Kari said...

Gorgeous! I would never have guessed those delicate pieces were constructed with enamel/metal- love your work! ps- I am now a follower!

Lorelei Eurto said...

Ohmygosh! I have not been to your blog today and landed here this morning via Lori Plyer's blog for the book tour! wow! I am IN LOVE with your designs! Those pretty house pendants are so sweet!

Cinder said...

I love your layered frames!
The ways to use torch fired enamel are endless.

I'm following for more inspiration!

Rosemarie said...

Love the house pendants! Won't you come to Long Island to do a workshop here? That would be wonderful!! Your work is gorgeous and Ilove how you incorporated the enameling into it. Spectacular!
Rosemarie Cowit

Cindy said...

Diane, what an amazing stop on Barbara's book tour! What you have done with torch-fired enamel is a whole new look and you added a vintage twist all your own. Your "Framed" series is so beautiful...I love all of the layers and details, not to mention the special images chosen for the windows themselves. Your student's work is incredible...they must all be so proud of their finished pendants and necklaces!
Can't wait to see your next BAJ article!

Daryl said...

Beautiful ...

Courtney Breul said...

Really stunning pieces! I like the orange peel texture also, gives it more character.

In the Light of the Moon said...

Diane..these are truly amazing!!Wow..not sure how to fully express this kind of lovliness...Its YUMMY..YES YES YUMMY! Congrats on the new article coming out!!Hugs,Cat

Rosalynn said...

Your pieces are amazing and your use of enamel really makes them all the more charming. I love your color choices for the enamel. I will be sure to pick up the winter Belle Armoire Jewelry. Love that magazine.

Shoshana from The Art Corner said...

Wow these pieces are just so charming, they make me so happy to look at them, so beautiful and unique they have a rich antique quality to them. Thanks for sharing and I'm going to be following your blog with pleasure. I'm going to check out that magazine:)

Cynthia said...

Your creations (& your student's) are really fabulous! They each look like a timeless treasure!
I am now a follower of your blog! Can't wait to see you in Belle Armoire Jewelry!

moonlitfantaseas said...

wow ! I love your framed pendants!I havebeen loving this virtual book tour, its giving me so many ideas!

Thoughtfulhands said...

Let me stop drooling first!!! OKAY!
I love the crackle effect on the emamel and all your pieces are just lovely. I just love this kind of jewelry.

Love your work!

New follower :>

Chris said...

Wonderful post~`from the gorgeous pieces utilizing Barbara's technique to the student pieces AND the revelation of a new article in BAJ! Congrats dear gal!

Linda Sadler said...

I love these pendants and can't wait to read your article in BA-You always make such beautiful pieces.

Loris Glassworks said...

Really beautiful pieces! I love the orange peel texture, it gives depth and character to the overall look.

Mo said...

Absolutely stunning what you have done with the enamels and your jewelry. I, too, love the "orange peel" effect you managed. And I'd love to throw in my bid for a class in Oklahoma - anywhere, I'd drive! :-) I'm loving this blog hop, so much new eye candy! ~ Mo

Sharon said...

wow wow

Unknown said...

Fantabulous!!! Really neat concept!

HeARTworks said...

How beautiful! How wonderful that your students were able to make their own gorgeous necklaces! Patsy from

Unknown said...

Lovely, pieces - love the enameled accents - gorgeous blues and greens!

Createology said...

I am visiting from the tour and love your art pieces. Your pieces are so unique and detailed and beautiful. Thank you for sharing...

Erin S said...

Beautiful pendants! So unique!

lindacreates said...

These are very beautiful pieces using the enamel. I am sure you make Barbara very proud! I look forward to purchasing Belle Amoire this Winter. Your work is very inspiring.

Shannon Chomanczuk said...

Oh my these are beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Oh Diane, I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE those framed pendants, especially with the enamel base! I took Barbara's class in Portland at Art & Soul last month. Oh how I want to take your class on those framed pendants. Can you give me a private class in Houston next year???? Hahahahahaha. I'd be happy just to BUY one of yours!!!
Marcy Antle

KayzKreationz said...

Oh, I didn't know you taught in Austin. I'd love to try enameling, but am afraid to try it by myself. I live about 60 miles north of Austin. Will have to watch and see when you teach again. Where do you usually teach your class? Love your dance pendant.

Jennifer Cameron said...

I have to apologize right now. I don't think I've ever visited your blog before and I didn't get the chance to visit all the tour stops as they happened. Normally I wouldn't apologize about that, but I am so sorry I have missed your blog all this time. I LOVE your work. Gorgeous! I am now a blog stalker...I mean follower. Just seeing your work has made my day. Have a great weekend.