This beautiful tiny pendantfeatures an cloisonné enamel mountain range. Every detail of this pendant was hand made, all the silver wire were bent with tweezer and place on the copper base before layer of enamel were build up around them. (See below for more of the process)
This Pendant is 3/4" wide and 1/2" tall. It comes on a 18" sterling silver chain with hand made clasps. If you would like a different length chain I and happy to do that just leave a comment at the time of purchase.
How Cloisonné Enamel is Made
Cloisonné is an ancient art form that has been used to make jewelry for thousands of years. Every artist uses slightly different techniques when making an enamel piece. This is a little bit about how I make mine.
All of my Cloisonné enamel pieces are torch fired and based off a hand drawn designs.
I replicate each line of my drawn design by bending fine silver wire by hand and with tweezers. After the wires are bent to match my drawing. I create the base by hand sawing out a piece ofcopper.
After firing several layers of vitreous enamel—ground up glass— to the back of the piece and one to the front, I carefully place the bent wires into the silver base and fire them in place. Next I add vitreous enamel in between the wires. The glass is then melted to the silver using a torch and heating the glass to around 1,400 degrees F. I repeat the process between 10 to 20 times, which builds layers until the glass is even with the silver frame. Then I grind, smooth and polish it until it shines.
The process is very time consuming and can take days or weeks depending on the size of the piece. But the end result is worth every hour and will last a life time or two if treated right.
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