Silver Enamel Jewelry Box


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■ Description Introduction The art of enameling involves the design of lines, shapes, colors and textures into imaginative images by means of the technique or craft of enameling. The practice of these techniques may take considerable experience before it is fully understood and controlled. Yet, there are many aspects of the process which allow simple steps on the way to achieving great skill. Enamels applied to crafts produce various color effects. With careful experimentation, the subtle variations in color and form can be controlled. The real joy in enameling lies in creating a design motif which exploits the brilliance of the enamel colors through technique and control. Fusing the enamel to the copper surface with heat completes a project which in the beginning existed only in one’s imagination. History of Enameling It is believed that vitreous enamel work had its beginning with early civilizations around the Mediterranean from the sixth century B.C. or even earlier. Greek sculpture from the fifth century B.C. shows surfaces with areas of inlaid metal covered with enamel. The ancient Greek goldsmiths inlaid their jewelry with thin coatings of white and blue enamel between gold wires. This is one of the first examples of the cloisonn?? process. By the third century B.C., the enamel process had spread to England and Ireland. The process continued to move slowly from Europe to Asia Minor and the Middle East, to China and Korea(chilbo), and then to Japan by the third century A.D. Enamel for crafts Enamels are purchased in different types ? finely ground powder, lumps, threads, liquid suspensions, oil based colors, etc. Enamel powders are either of opaque or transparent colors, each having its own characteristics. The opaque enamels produce a solid color effect completely covering the surface underneath. An opaque color is often used as a base coat with other enamels applied over it. Transparent enamel provides a color effect which permits the color of the enamel or metal underneath it to be seen. The effect is similar to looking through colored cellophane or tinted window glass. The blending and overlapping of transparent with opaque enamels comprises a most creative aspect of enameling. After the basic processes of enameling are well understood through simple projects, experiments with mixtures of opaque and transparent colors should be tried on sample color pieces. The lumps and threads of enamel are actually amounts of the enamel hardened from a molten stage into odd-shaped pieces or drawn-out threads of glass. These provide exciting spots or lines of brilliant color when used on solid areas of color or imbedded in transparent areas. Liquid form enamels are finely ground glass in distilled water; pre-mixed colors in oil are also available. [Additional information] 1. Material: Silver (99.9%), enamel 2. Weight: 650 g 3. Size: 14.5 cm x 9 cm x 8.5 cm 4. Functions: Decoration, household goods, gift, interior, sales promotion 5. Characteristics: Handicraft 6. Manufacturer: Choongmu Gongsa 7. Country of manufacture: Korea 8. A/S: Choongmu Gongsa (02-737-9700)

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