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Creating a Portrait
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Enamelling is the art of fusing glass to metal.Gillie finds this medium both challenging and fascinating involving an exacting combination of art, chemistry and risk.Each portrait has been fired in a kiln at 750°C about a dozen times and undergoes a dramatic colour change which reverts as the enamel cools.
Shape marked out for cutting.
Shaping the metal to counteract stresses of heating.
Applying ground enamel to the clean copperto make the base.
A line drawing is transferred bytracing over white carbon paperand replacing with enamel paint.
Second of seven firings in the hand painting process.
The finished piece:
The Presidential Medal forthe Hilliard Society of Miniaturists
Detail of the ruff: