A Workshop in Painting With Fire
jewelry-making books will do a couple of things. First, the author
will show the reader the effects of their magic, namely beautiful
jewelry, and secondly, they will teach the reader how to make her own
magic. Barbara Lewis accomplishes both with Torch-Fired Enamel
The author cannot
recommend this technique with brass components, but that hasn't
stopped some artists from having success with this technique using
Nevertheless, this workshop book is colorful, organized,
and filled with clear instructional photos ranging from raw enamel
colors, through bench set-up ideas, and tutorials for extraordinary
finished projects. The reader is left with no doubt that Ms. Lewis
knows her stuff, and she shares her expertise fluently.
technical issues, like why an artist would want to vary the oxygen
content in a flame, or how to modulate color, are easy to understand,
even though the techniques are likely difficult to master. A
tools-of-the-trade discussion and a troubleshooting table are valuable
tools for learning artisans. Lewis also includes a short glossary of
jewelry making terms and techniques.
The reader soon
reaches the eye candy of the book. The numerous projects the author
has outlined include materials lists and a list of required tools for
completing each project.
Ms. Lewis uses layering and a mixed media
approach to her one-of-a-kind earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and
beadwork. Brass components are not completely out- ruled, I was glad
to see. One example is her "Winged Heart" pendant, in which
brass wings are riveted to the enameled heart.
I have never liked to
play with fire, but after reading this book, I'll be on the lookout
for a studio class and see if I can't make some of my own enameled