Cloisonne is anancient
jewelry technique for decorating metal.
Fine art enamel jewelry, is created through the process of combining 24k gold or
pure silver wire with finely ground enamels over a canvas of pure silver. The consistency of the enamel is that of powdered sugar.
The cloisonne enamel jewel goes through subsequent firings after the
placement of ribbons of wiring form a picture. Layers of enamels are applied in the wire cells. Applications of glass enamel in the cells can range from 10-35 times until the enamel reaches the
height of the wiring.
Once the final firing is complete meaning the enamel has reached the height of the wires, the enamel
jewel is sanded and polished until the ribbons of wire are flush to the glass enamel.
enamel jewel is
set in unique jewelry designs of sterling silver, gold and precious stones.
Julie Glassman specializes in the lost art of cloisonne enamel.
She creates custom cloisonne jewelry in her Western Colorado studio. She has been a cloisonne
enamel artist for over 25 years and metal-smith for 35 years.