Jen of Prox is a mum, wife and artist and very busy with that! She’s forever busy with many creative projects at once in her home town of Cleveland, Ohio.
I spotted Jen in her guise as an enamel artist and was immediately taken by her powerful eye grabbing enamel jewellery. Each piece of her handmade enamel jewelry is one of a kind which makes it all the more special.
Jen’s cloisonné enamel pendant, that I’ve chosen for my ‘Gem of The Day’ today, features the moon in two of its phases with arrow shapes in subtle natural colours. You can read more about the artist’s inspiration in her blog here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/prox/about/
Jen describes the process involved in cloisonné enamelling below. Enamel artists love their work and they must as it takes time. I think the results of Jen’s enamelling are wonderful.
“A layer of clear glass enamel is applied to a domed copper circle. Then I apply tiny fine silver wires to the dome. Each wire has to follow the curve of the dome, and lie perfectly on the glass before I fire it and fuse the wires to the copper. I apply 24kt and fine silver foil to certain parts of the design. I fill each part of the design with different colours of enamel. Before I fire it, the enamel looks like sand. It is glass that has been ground very fine. I have to apply several layers of glass (at least 7) firing each one. This allows the glass to be as clear as possible, and it prevents impurities and cracking. After I’ve applied all the layers of glass I grind all the high spots of the enamel down so it is smooth. Then I have to fire it again. Next I hand sand the enamel. This is how it gets the final matte and smooth finish. I start with an 80 grit sanding block and go all the way down to a 1500 grit sanding block. This process usually takes many hours to complete. “
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