Fired up!


About 6 months ago I moved into a great new studio space and finally acquired a torch and some enameling supplies – then the fun began!

I got a very limited taste of enameling a few years ago when I worked at a bead store, and have been itching to try it again ever since. Now I can’t get enough!

Follow lilruby jewelry on Instagram if you’d like to see more – I don’t think I’ll be stopping anytime soon!

About lilruby jewelry

My name is Joan Williams and I'm a self taught jewelry designer and mixed media artist. I was born and raised in the Chicago area, and I now live in the Missouri Ozarks with my husband, son and jillions of beads - along with lots of ephemera and stuff that my packrat ancestors saved (and I'm so glad they did)! My passion is creating jewelry that bears the patina of time and travel, using a blend of new components and found objects. I'm also crazy about antiques, horses, flowers, rusty hinges and chipped paint, so you never know what I might be inspired to talk about. I hope you'll stop by from time to time to see what I'm up to! Click below to visit my Etsy shop and my Facebook page, and to see additional photos on Flickr.

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  1. Gracious! It looks like enameling comes naturally to you! These are all so fabulous! I got some enameling supplies for Christmas, but we haven’t quite worked out the best way to use it. Are you using a kiln or a torch to fire yours? Just wondering. Oh, and what wire did you use on those yellow earrings? It looks like it’s a yummy rust, but was wondering if it’s something you rusted yourself or bought that way. I can’t wait to see what other amazing designs you create!

    • Thanks, Hope! Yes, I think I found something that’ll hold my interest for awhile – I’m having so much fun with it. I use a torch with Mapp gas. I can’t afford a kiln and I’m too impatient to do it that way anyhow!
      The wire is rusty steel, I think. Just do a search for it online, 22 gauge works for most things. Let me know how your enameling goes, or if you have any questions!

      • Thanks for all the info. I’ll a little scared of the flame with the mapp gas, but it does sound way more efficient and instant gratification than firing up a kiln. I definitely need to give it another try as soon as we can get me a stand set up.
        Isn’t 22gauge the best gauge?
        Again, thank you so much for sharing a little of your process. Your work is really divine.

      • The torch is a little intimidating at first, but it’s really fun to watch the powder transform right before your eyes. If you get a chance, there are some good videos on YouTube – Eugenia Chan has some that I liked.

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