Here's the set of finished pieces that make up the enamel cross. I finished it a couple of months ago but I've not got around to updating this blog until now.
Category archives: Champlevé
Anything to do with the enamelling technique known as Champlevé where areas of metal are raised above the spaces where the enamel is put. In most cases this involves removing the metal in which the enamel is put by either engraving, milling or etching out.
I've not got round to updating the posts on this project for a bit. Here's how the cross looked after all the engraving was finished:
I've finished the engraving for the penultimate section on the enamel cross. It's looking good! The twirly bits on this section were a bit tricky, those inside curves are really hard to get nice and clean cuts on.
I'm currently doing a project to make an alter cross, roughly 14 inches tall and 8 inches wide.
I've been testing out how to create a border of crosses. The idea is to have a band of red enamel with small crosses along the band - giving a medieval look. Here's my experiment!
I've been experimenting with some champlevé and basse-taille enamelling. This entwining pattern is taken from a medieval enamel religious design. The samples, moving from left to right, respectively, are: a champlevé piece on standard brass, a basse-taille piece on fine silver, a cloissoné piece with fine silver wires on fine silver and, lastly, a champlevé piece on copper.