Cloisonné is an ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects using vitreous enamel. A design is created in thin strips of pure silver or gold and placed on their edges. These remain visible in the finished piece, separating the different compartments (cloisons) of the enamels, usually in several colors. It is easy to over-fire a color as each color has a different firing time...making it an exacting, technically challenging and labor intensive process.
Enamel powder made into a paste, and meticulously packed into these small "cloisons" and fired. It takes at least 10-15 fillings and firings to bring the enamel colors to the top of the wires. The enamel is then hand sanded with successively finer sheets of sandpaper to create a glossy, smooth finish.
Jewelry can be commissioned in many designs and enamel colors. Small gemstones can also be set in the center of the enamel.
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