Welcome to this week’s Creative Sketches Blog and another Challenge!!
This week we have a sketch challenge for you. Complete a card, scrapbook page, sewing project or whatever strikes your fancy and upload it to your blog/online gallery. Then come back here. We’ve provided a place a the end of this post for you to share your interpretation of our sketch. Submission will be accepted for one week only!
If you would like some inspiration, our Design Team’s projects are below the SKETCH FRAME. Each image links back to the designer’s blog for more information. I hope to see you every week; let’s make this a regular “sketch date!”
This week’s challenge is to make a project using a FAUX Cloisonne process. What is Cloisonne you say?? I have several Chinese Vases, bowls, some jewelry, etc made using the Cloisonne process. Here is a definition of the Cloisonne process as described from “Cloisonne’ .com”
the Cloisonné process
First, the artist forms metal (such as copper or brass) into the shape of the finished object.
A paper pattern and a pencil are used to transfer a design to the metal object.
Partitions (French: cloisons) that act as color-separators are applied according to the transferred pattern and are held in place by a soldering paste (this is finely divided metal of low melting temperature in a flux paste). The partitions are bent and cut to length from flat wire stock (usually by hand using simple pliers) while the paste is applied with a small brush.
Heating the piece in an oven permanently affixes the partitions to the base metal by melting the solder.
The piece is then allowed to cool.
Frit (glass crushed to a powder) in a water-based paste is painted into the partitions using an annotated pattern similar to the “paint by numbers” craft technique. After the frit has dried, firing in an oven melts it onto the metal. Several repetitions of the process may ensue to build up the coatings to the height of the partitions. Various colors and transparencies may be used in combination within a single partition to obtain the desired artistic effect.
The glass and a portion of the cloisons are ground and polished to form an even and smooth surface.
The exposed metal is electroplated with a thin film of gold to prevent corrosion and to give a pleasing appearance.
Here is a picture of a Ming Dynasty Cloisonne bowl, where you can see the little partitions. The ones I used to see in Panama were usually always BRASS partitions.
So you see, the little “partitions or cloisons” make the detailed design on the piece.
Here is an example of a Cloisonne bracelet bought in one of the import shops in Panama over 30 yrs ago. The older Cloisonne pieces have more “swirls” of the cloisons, then the newer pieces like this bracelet.
Here are our “FAUX” Cloisonne projects made using Embossing powder and stamps. Sharon Field has a wonderful tutorial on her blog. So when you read through it and try your hand.