Our last post showed you five of the most beautiful techniques used in enameling over history. Today we look at five more

1. Plique-à-jour: Here, enamel is applied in cells, a bit like cloisonné (mentioned in previous post),  but with no backing, allowing light to shine through the transparent enamel, giving it the appearance of stained-glass. The name of the technique is French for “open to daylight” It’s a very difficult process and requires patience and persistence. Hungary’s St Stephen’s crown, right,  is an example.

2Stenciling: I’m sure we all remember this from grade school art classes! This is when a stencil is placed over the metal and powdered enamel is sifted over the top. You remove the stencil before firing, and the enamel stays in the pattern, slightly raised.

3Ronde bosse: Meaning “in the round”, this can also be called,  “encrusted enamel”. For this technique, sculptures or wire framework is partially or completely covered with enamel, producing a 3D figurine.  A historical example is the 15th century Holy Thorn Reliquary, housed in the British museum (left).

4. Freehand. Or “painted enamel” is when the artisan simply paints the image on to a smooth metal or glass surface before firing.

5. Serigraph: This is fundamentally silk screen printing with enamel, using a 60-70 inch grade mesh.

We hope you enjoyed the past two posts, we certainly enjoyed writing them. We’d love to know your favorite – or whether there was one we have missed.