I would just like to say thank you to all of you who sent me
wonderful words of wisdom! I have a few questions for you. Bear
with me I am just starting out and they are probably easy
questions. Anyway, I was wondering how bezel wire is different
from silver wire. Also my jewlery instructor told me that
enameling doesn't work well on sterling silver, why is this?
I share my studio space with an enamelist so I can answer
(somewhat) the second question- the copper in sterling is the
problem. Lucy enamels on fine silver instead. Zinc in gold alloys
is also a problem- 14k green gold is ok, the other alloys
difficult to enamel. 18ky works fine. Cloisonne involves multiple
firings- sometimes 20 or so, before the piece is finished.