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Etched and enameled images from antique books

For ages, I’ve been trying to figure out how to add color my etched pieces. I LOVE the images from antique books, and I really do like the plain metal colors – but I wanted to add variety. I’ve played with several methods for adding color, but have not been particularly happy with any of them.

Until now.

I’ve finally figured out how to add glass enamel into the recesses of my etched pieces – and it’s so very cool! I am having so much fun playing with this idea, and am looking forward to getting these out at shows to see what the reaction is.

This image is taken from “Real Sailor Songs” published in the late 1800’s.