Learn how to do Enamel Illusions with Cindy Silas
Love the look of cloisonné but don’t want to spend the hours needed to achieve that result? Cindy teaches you how to get the brilliance of enamels without all the time and challenge!
Cindy has come up with her own unique process to imitate vitreous enamel cloisonné using kiln-free coloring methods that can be used on silver clay or silver sheet.
Watch, listen and learn as Ms. Silas breaks down the process, showing you her easy-to-follow steps. You'll come away with all you need to know to use this unique application of simple materials to create your won brilliant “Enamel Illusions”.
This is a CraftCast Vintage Video, created before it was possible to incorporate High Definition video, as we do today. How far we have come in such a short time!
Watch and listen as Cindy reveals to you all the tips and techniques you need to know to start creating “Enamel Illusions”. Using close-up photographs of each step of the process, plus Cindy's detailed instruction, you’ll be creating using these techniques in no time!
Class was recorded live so, just like in more recent videos, you’ll hear the live Q&A with other students.
Artist Statement: "Always an artist, I've explored a broad variety of media such as drawing, painting, photography, and several of the textile and fiber arts. The last few years, I've concentrated on polymer, metal clay, various silversmith skills, and creating art jewelry. I have a degree in Advertising Design from the University of Maryland, which led to a career as a graphic designer.
My art experience has been rich, not with any one medium, but in adding up what they all have to offer. Each has added to my sense of design and love of color, texture, and images...not to mention a jam-packed studio :)))
Life is an adventure, and there is so much left to do...see...try.
I’m looking forward to exploring, innovating, and continuing to share through artwork, demos, teaching and publishing."
- Designing the best construction
- How to add texture so your piece will have that “magic” sparkle
- Prime your piece for the “enameling” process
- How, what, and why for adding brilliant color
- How to protect your finished “enamel”
- Coffee or candle warmer
- Refillable butane gas lighter Butane gas
- rubbing alcohol
- cosmetic wedges
- brushs, such as a #0 round or 1/4”
- paper towels
- small sheets called aluminum roof flashing
- Adirondack alcohol inks
- Pinata alcohol inks
- Ancient Page re-inkers
- Copic markers
- Tri-M-Ite Polishing Paper
- IBD Intense Seal Top Coat
Included with your video is a full-color PDF class handout with teacher's tips, notes and links to all the resources you need to get started.
Please note: this is not a stand-alone guide but simply a quick-reference for your convenience.