I had a small collection of hand painted pottery shard stars, and putting them in an enamel sky made sense.
I didn't have many star shards so I had to find a small constellation - and I came across the perfect one: Equuleus - Latin for 'Little Horse' - Pegasus's little brother.
This is the process in pictures...
|My left over star shards, each one hand painted many, many years ago.|
These were the outcome of a whole year of mudlarking
so I won't be making many of these brooches...
|The stars in place|
|Cut out in silver|
|Etch resist in place, ready to go in the acid...|
|I painted on some stars after the first layer had etched. |
The grooves are going to be ground out...
|The grooves left by the etching ground out, to leave a smooth surface for enamelling|
|First layer of enamel - looks green before it has cooled down|
|Second layer of enamel - a nice teal colour...|
|The last layer of enamel - cooled down and the right shade of blue.|
|The stars are now set in place - finished!|