Hand Painted copper enamels, the revival of an 18th Century craft

As a preamble to another Halcyon Days article I'm currently working on after updating our website with some of the latest Halcyon days products as well as some of our more unusual pieces I thought I'd share some images of the production process.

1: Glass particles are milled into a solution for spraying on to the copper shape.

2: At least four coats of enamel are applied, each fired at 800°C, to build up a smooth enamel finish.

3: A transfer of the design - which may simply be an outline but often contains background colours - is applied by hand and fired. Detailed hand painting then begins and the box is fired again on completion.

4: The lid and base are set into a gilded brass mount.


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