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Sheila Fleet Bluebell Silver enamel earrings EE243
Product code: EA8856
Bluebell Silver enamel earrings
Solid sterling silver drop earrings, each earring has
three graduated sized enamelled bluebell flowers, with a post and
butterfly fastening. The earrings are 39mm long by 16mm wide.
Sheila Fleet Enamelling:-
Enamel is molten glass... the enamel colours start as
solid crystals of glass. These crystals are ground down to become tiny
grains of coloured glass, a bit like sand.
Sheila Fleet's enamellers use quills made of swan,
peacock, goose or even turkey feathers to apply the glass grains to the
pieces of jewellery.
This sounds easy but requires a steady hand, very
good eye and many years of practice! The quill is dipped into a pot of
coloured ground glass and the tiny glass grains are then carefully
applied to the piece of jewellery.
Almost all pieces require several colours. Our
colours are blended by stippling from one colour into the next to create
an almost imperceptible flow of hues.
Once the grains of glass are on the piece of
jewellery it is ready to be fired. To create enamel the jewellery is put
into a small kiln and heated until the glass grains melt at over 800°
Celsuis. Only one piece is put into the kiln at a time and the enameller
must take great care not leave the piece in too long. Each piece
requires a different length of time in the oven. A small earring may
require under a minute while a large pendant may take up to 3 minutes.
Creating the blended enamel colours by hand makes
each piece of Sheila Fleet enamel jewellery unique. Only two people, one
jeweller and one enameller, work on each piece of jewellery.
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