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Barbara_Lewis

Hi all, I'm a former potter who became a torch-fired enamelist during a rehab period after rotator cuff surgery as a result of loading heavy kiln shelves for 20 years. I loved working with clay, but through torch-firing enamel I have found something I enjoy as much. I created and now moderate a ning group for those interested in torch-firing (www.paintingwithfire.ning.com). I'm a Thompson Enamel distributor, also. My book, "Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry: a Workshop in Painting with Fire," was just named Best Craft Book of 2011 at Amazon. It is an introduction to torch-firing using the immersion method of firing. The technique involves heating the metal on a mandrel and then dipping the entire piece in enamel, which gets the front and back covered at the same time. From there you can do what you want with the piece to get more decorative effects or simply layer color. I love putting the flame in reduction when working with simple white enamel because the effects I get are similar to the ones I strived for when making my pottery. At the ning we have people working at all levels. The technique has opened the door to people who have never tried enameling before. The tools are relatively inexpensive. I'm happy to coach them through the process. Barbara; http://www.paintingwithfireartwear.com