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Old 2011-07-04, 8:03am
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I've developed a recent obsession/fascination for basse taille enameling. I'm seeing some pieces that are in settings and some pieces that are not. I'm having trouble figuring out if the piece should be in a setting or not.
If I have a piece that is not in a setting, am I risking the durability/longevity of the piece?
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Old 2011-07-04, 5:30pm
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I think it depends on if the enamel extends to the edge ... it's likelier to chip if it does, so it would be better to mount it. If there's a thick/wide enough margin of copper on the edge I don't think you'd need it.
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Old 2011-07-05, 11:10am
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I would agree - I don't mount any of my pieces, and while I have not done any basse-taille (yet), I do a lot of cloisonne, and have not had any trouble. But, to me it's a matter of personal taste and aesthetics, and some pieces just look nicer when in a mounting. Mine tend to be more informal.
I do run the enamel to the edge.
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Old 2011-07-05, 11:36am
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Thanks you two! It's a new adventure for me and I feel the way I felt when I discovered lampworking. Been reading like mad. I'm not finding tons of info on the basse taille. Oddly enough, it's an idea that's been in my head for a while, I just didn't have the word for it until a few days ago.
Champleve and Cloisonne have also caught my eye. I see a whole new world of trouble coming my way
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Old 2011-07-05, 4:17pm
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Just to stoke the flames, so to speak, here are a few enamalists that have great website for eye candy:
http://www.amyroperlyons.com/
http://www.itsmagick.com/
http://alohilanidesigns.com/flash.html
http://www.franceskite.com/index.html

This is the one of best websites for buying enamels as well as for info: http://www.enameling.com
The other good one is:
http://www.enamelemporium.com
They carry the Ninomiya enamels, which are considered the best in the world because of their transparency and definitely what you want to use for bt.
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Old 2011-07-06, 1:24pm
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Gotta love LE - there's always someone available to help you get into new trouble LOL
Thanks especially for that last link - I didn't know where to get the Japanese enamels.
My current favorite eye candy link is this one:
http://www.rickyfrankenamels.com
Some of his work just makes my heart flutter.
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