The collection of miniature enamel paintings that I'm entering for the Royal Society of Miniature Painters Sculptors and Gravers exhibition
I use on-glaze enamel paints and mix them with oil and turps substitute to get the right consistency. The turps thins the paint down and the oil acts as a binder. I'm currently using lavendar oil, although I'm finding this a bit thin for some purposes, like stippling.
The important thing is to minimize the number of firings. To do this I aim to cover the whole piece with paint for each firing, resisting the tempation to focus on just one area. Each firing typically takes about a minute at 800oC. In this case the enamel lid was quite thin so it only needed 50 seconds.
I recently painted a portrait of Louis Armstrong onto an enamel box lid. I took photos after each firing stage.
Here's after the first firing
I have enterred three pieces into the Guild of Enamellers and the British Society of Enamellers joint exhibition at the Birmingham School of Jewellery. The exhibition is called the Heart of the Heat and it's purpose is to showcase enamelling from the two societies' members. Of the three pieces that I entered this one has got through to the final selection!
These are the three entries I made for the Guild of Enameller and British Society of Enamellers joint exhition at the School of Jewellery in Birmingham. They are, from left to right, a portrait of Kate Middleton the Dutchess of Cambridge, a Reproduction of the Countess Golovine, and the Space Shuttle Discovery.