I’m happy to finally share this torched enamel jewelry tutorial with you! I added a twist – embedding small charms. OMG, the possibilities! This one takes a few specific supplies, but you’ll enjoy all the different techniques to make colorful enamel charms, earrings, bracelets and more.
As part of the Bernzomatic Torch Bearer program, I used the Bernzomatic Trigger Start 3 in 1 Micro Torch ST2200 (you can purchase at Home Depot or other hardware stores). It stands upright when not in use, has a safety lock, and can be used as a torch, heat gun or solder iron. I like it because it is easy to hold in your hand, easy to use and easy to get comfy with!
Other supplies to make torched enamel jewelry:
Enamel powder (I used Iced Resin)
Metal jewelry pieces (not pewter because they will melt), I bought mine from ImpressArt.com
Tiny metal charms
Heat-protected surface (I used a kiln shelf)
Brush, small tongs
OPTIONAL: Crystal trim, extra strength glue
Here’s the first one I made. It was a pewter base and it melted a bit. I should have known better, remember my Stamped Pewter Jewelry project?
The first step is to brush on a coat of the enamel medium on your blank metal piece. Next, pour over the enamel powder so it is evenly covered. Put on your gloves and goggles and place the piece on a heat-safe surface.
Clear your work area of anything flammable. No papers, liquids, fabric and so on. Give yourself a lot of room.
You’re going to follow the instruction manual directions to turn on the torch. It’s pretty easy, just slide down the safety lock and press the blue button. You can adjust the size of the flame on the side of the torch.
Once the flame it going, run it around the SIDES of the piece. Do not point the flame directly on the enamel powder because it will scorch. You want to heat up the sides, doing that will melt the enamel powder and fuse it to the piece.
You’ll see the powder bubble up a little. Turn off the flame and let it cool. Repeat process for a second coat.
I decided to experiment. I have a bunch of tiny metal charms and tried to embed them in the melted enamel before it cooled and hardened. You can see I prepped the bezel above. I did my best to heat the sides, but I didn’t want to scorch the pretty trim. So I played around with it until the enamel powder melted. Then I did it again and pressed in the sparkly unicorn charm.
It worked! It’s permanently embedded in there. Because it was my first try, it looks a little messy, but I’ll show you how to clean that up in a sec.
Confidence level is way up at this point. I went for this heart bezel and the pineapple charm. And green enamel. Here I am, heating up the sides…see how it melts and bubbles?
I applied a second coat and…made more!
I didn’t like how the edges looked so luckily I had a few spools of crystal trim. I used e6000 glue and toothpick to apply the trim around the edges of each bezel.
I love that they have that grandma chic look to them. These can be turned into brooches, necklaces, bracelets, etc.
And there you go, torched enamel jewelry! This is my trusty torch, it’s become a main staple of my craft room! Here are the other posts I’ve completed using my Bernzomatic torches. Let me know if you are interested in trying a project, I really want to see what you make! This torch is under $20 at Home Depot. And it goes a long way!
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