I have finally finished the piece I started making in the inspiring and educational Linda Darty enameling workshop, and here it is.
This is a champlevé piece and is sterling silver after saw piercing the front panel and soldering this to a slightly thicker back panel both the two are depletion gilded to form a layer of fine silver on the surface.
Sterling silver cannot be enameled directly onto when using transparent colours as the copper part of the sterling silver blackens in the kiln; depletion gilding is a way of forming a layer of fine silver so the transparent are displayed at their luminescent best.
This is the first time I have managed this technique and I love the frosty whiteness of fine silver before its enameled. For colouring I used a selection of greys with silver flux and a tiny amount of a very pale blue with six layers of enamel carefully shaded before being fired, this is what my trilobite looks like.
I’m very pleased with the result even though I see all the little errors when I look at it, it is a brooch currently but I have a plan to make it wearable as a necklace also.
Here is the back: