Hello to all from sunny Queensland, Australia.
I have been lurking for the last few years and appreciating and
enjoying the discussions during that time. Now I need help.
I am concentrating on enamels. I have used leaded transparent
enamels on fine silver (1 mm thick) and counter enamelled the back
(unleaded opaque). I have incorporated some fine (size) fine silver
wire into the design. The work was carried out a number of months
ago. I checked the enamels in order to set them the other day and
found that two have now developed a fine facture through the enamel.
Other pieces that I enamelled before and after are fine. The two
pieces were fired on different days.
Does anyone have a suggestion as to what the cause may be? If I
refire, will the enamels again crack after time. I am reluctant to
spend large amounts of time setting the enamels in a piece of
jewellery to then find that they have cracked after time.
Thank you for your assistance.
Anne from Aus