Love in Blue
Vitreous enamel on copper
The vitreous enamel, the glossy decorative surface of this pendant, is glass. In fact, when layered properly it acts much like stained glass, and light penetrates to the copper substrate, an effect unique to this medium. It may be richly colored, but it can remain transparent. This technique was the basis of this piece in pale blue, then mini floral millifiori chips were added for interest. More light is added with a signature hand-blown silver core bead.
In a little hotplate on the kitchen table at age 12, Paula Sinclair learned to fuse glass to copper. Self-taught and matured, she now designs statement necklaces. With transparent and opaque vitreous enamels fired at 1500° F. or more into a gooey orange-hot mass, she surrenders to the unexpectedness of the heat effects. Her transparent enamels make light play through to the copper like stained glass.