Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Mesh Stenciled Enamel Necklace, Enameling, Enamel Jewelry Supplies. Enamel, Enameling, Enameled Jewelry. There are lots of fun things you can use as a stencil for overlay on already stenciled pieces.
Mesh Stenciled Enamel Necklace
by Karen Meador, Ph.D.
  • Category: Enamel
  • Technique(s): Enamel
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
There are lots of fun things you can use as a stencil for overlay on already stenciled pieces. In this necklace, I used nylon mesh.

Materials

Paper patterns of your choice. https://www.wirejewelry.com/jewelry_making_tips_techniques/Graph-Paper-Patterns-for-Jewelry_232.html
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rubber cement
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Decorative Craft Mesh (type used to make wreaths, etc.)
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Opaque Counter Enamel C3 or other Opaque
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Opaque Enamels of your choice
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22 Gauge 0.025 Dead Soft Copper Sheet Metal - 6x12 Inch
MET-705.22M
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Gold Filled Jump Rings Open (.030) 20ga. (OD) 6mm (ID) 4.34mm - Pack of 10
J11-192
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Gold Filled Chain Cable Knurled 1.8x2mm - 10 Feet
C4-128U
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Gold Filled Lobster w/ Ring 14x5mm - Pack of 1
J3-78
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Tools

Klyrfire
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NATURES TOUCH CITRIC PICKLE, 2LB PLASTIC JAR
CLN-163.00
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Pickle Pot, 16 Ounces
CLN-584.00
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140 Grit (Medium-Fine) Diamond Sawblade - Pack of 1
G18-9
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4 Saw Frame with Tension Screw
SAW-334.00
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Blazer Big Buddy Turbo Torch, Black
TRCH-8010
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Fire Brick
SOL-485.00
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enameling trivet
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Straight Copper Tongs
TWZ-958.00
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enamel sifter
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Instructions
Step 1
Safety: Please work responsibly for your own safety in your enameling studio. At a minimum, this includes the wearing dark safety glasses when using the torch and a dust mask at least when sifting. A fire extinguisher should also be close at hand.

I torch enamel with a trivet atop a fire brick on a fire-proof surface using an oxygen/propane torch. Please use the enamel set up and torch that works best for you. If you have interest, you can see my set up at https://www.wirejewelry.com/jewelry_making_patterns_tutorials/Torch-Enameling-with-Opaque-Enamels_300.html
Step 2
Create a paper pattern for each piece and rubber cement it to 24g copper sheet. I've worked with squares, rectangles and circles for different necklaces. Saw out each pattern. I have used my disk cutter for some of the shapes.
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Step 3
Punch holes on each side of the pieces positioning them slightly above the middle.
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Step 4
Take the patterns off the metal and be sure to remove all the rubber cement from the pieces. Use pliers to give each one a gentle curve towards the back to strengthen them.
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Step 5
Sift and torch fire two coats of Opaque Counter Enamel on each piece. It seems to me that when there is a cut out in the interior of a piece, it takes a longer firing time; so be patient and make sure you fire to maturity.
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Step 6
Allow the enamel to cool a bit and then quench and pickle each piece. (I don't normally pickle the counter enameled pieces, however, since these have cut outs in the interior, I need to in order to avoid getting any fire scale on the piece.
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Step 7
After sifting and firing two coats of your chosen base coat on each piece, pickle them again. (Note: You will likely see new fire scale on the cut-out areas of the pieces and need to remove it.)
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Step 8
Use a swatch of craft mesh to create a stencil for the pieces. I like the mesh with wider lines, shown in green here, as opposed to the mesh with narrow lines.
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Step 9
Working with one necklace piece at a time, spray the piece with Klyrfire before putting the mesh atop it. (If you put the mesh on first and spray, the enamel will gum up on the mesh.)
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Step 10
You need to hold the mesh down as tightly as possible with your fingers. Sift the contrasting opaque atop the mesh. I usually give the Klyrfire at least 30 seconds to dry before removing the mesh and then pull the mesh off in one motion.
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Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Mesh Stenciled Enamel Necklace - , Enameling, Enamel Jewelry Supplies, Enamel, Enameling, Enameled Jewelry, enamel
Step 11
After the Klyrfire is completely dry, torch fire the piece.
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Step 12
Note: You can add more than one mesh stencil if you want. For example, the piece below has Flame Red sifted and fired first and then I sifted and fired a small area with Sky Blue.
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Step 13
Rinse the enamel off the mesh in the quench water and be sure it is completely dry before reusing it so the enamel doesn't gum up on it.
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Step 14
Repeat this process for each piece using colors of your choice. Put the pieces together with jump rings and finish the necklace with chain and a clasp. I used Liver of Sulfur to patina one of the necklace chains and rings below.
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