Now a real insect that was in my garden. A wonderful praying mantis eating a butterfly.
So I have always been somewhat of a purist. Don’t do anything to the brass pieces, no drilling no gluing, no coloring. I have felt this way especially when it comes to old and unique pieces of brass. I finally decided to break away from my rigid view and to try some new techniques. I enjoy the old enameled pieces of jewelry so I wanted to try to achieve this look with my jewelry. Here are the results:
What I did:
1. cleaned the brass in soap and water and let dry
2. Some I painted with acrylic paints. Some I used alcohol inks. The alcohol ink needs to be heat set.
3. Let the painted pieces sit for a few days and then “painted” with resin to achieve the glassy enameled look.
Now to make some jewelry………..