Our first step will begin with making the leather chain to hang the birds on.
This involves measuring and cutting the leather and then gluing the copper end caps on. This will allow enough time for the glue to dry, and help us to get “in the zone” before we get to the “important” part of enameling.
The next step begins with the copper bird cutouts.
We will sprinkle a powdered glass called enamel onto the copper birds. This is where you can get creative with your color choices and designs.
The next step is to transfer the birds to trays that will be placed inside the kiln.
Once the kiln reaches 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit, we carefully place the tray of birds inside.
Once inside, the enamel melts and fuses to the copper.
After a few minutes, we remove the birds and let them cool.
The final steps involve the tedious task of polishing the backs of the birds to remove the firescale that occurs during the firing.
But we’ll be partaking in a relaxing yoga practice while Cody does the hard part of polishing!
At the end of our practice the birds will be ready and waiting 🤗
If you’re interested in creating your own Birds of Change necklace, please join me December 2, 2017 from 2-4pm at Special Ops Fitness In Mooresville, NC. Click the link below to reserve your spot. Space is limited to only 10 people.
You’ll have the option to make one or many necklaces. They make great gifts, and it’s also nice to have multiple colors for yourself 🤗