Watch a view of the Process.
Here is a slide show of the process I use to create cloisonne enamel jewelry. First some drawings, which lead to a few water color paintings. As many as it takes to get the image in my mind on the paper!
Some jewels flow right out and some take many painting. Unlike a painting which might take several hours, a jewel in cloisonne enamels takes days and days. You can not erase the enamels out to try a different color, making watercolors handy.
The drawing I use to shape all the wires of 24k gold. These wires form “cells”. The cells are filled with enamels to create the colors you see in the jewel.
Just as I layer my colors of paint onto the paper I will do the same in enamels. They relate in ways to layer or even gradate next to each other, giving me a clear direction to proceed. But all in all there are many years of practice and testing to learn the process.
Here are just a few of many layers of enamels I thought you would enjoy to understand the process.