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A Plique-à-Jour Pictorial

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1. Lyons has mixed her enamel powders with water and Klyr Fire (an adhesive), and they are now ready to apply to the earring.

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2. After applying the first layer of enamel, Lyons places the earring into the kiln.

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3. The earring after the first firing in the kiln. Plique-à-jour enamelng is set into the metal framework in thin layers and then under-fired until they just barely start to melt.

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4. Lyons applies another layer of enamel to the earring. Plique-à-jour projects can take anywhere between 4 to 10 firings, depending on the size of the piece for the openings to thoroughly fill with enamel.

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5. After the final firing, all holes are filled and the enamel is fully fused, creating a stained glass effect.


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