Tammi Sloan's Profile

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BIO:
Seattle area artist Tammi Sloan loves working with metal. She attributes her love of creating to her father, who can make anything. She has studied with several world-reknowned metal smiths and enamelists since 2008. In 2010, she became a PMC Certified Artist/Instructor. She shares her love of making art jewelry with students the world over through her online tutorials and classes at Blueschool Arts.

ENAMELING PROCESS:
All of my enamel pieces are made from particles of glass that are fused to a metal surface, be it copper or silver. I work with both powdered and porcelain enamels, coating both the back and front surfaces to provide a durable, long lasting surface. Remember though that glass is breakable if you drop it on a tile or concrete surface. So, please be careful not to drop your amazing jewelry on the floor!…

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  • Joined March 8, 2009

Favorite materials

Silver, pmc, metal work, copper metal clay, bronze metal clays, gemstones, lampwork beads, vintage glass beads, old photos, stamps, enamel, silversmithing, foldforming

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About

BIO:
Seattle area artist Tammi Sloan loves working with metal. She attributes her love of creating to her father, who can make anything. She has studied with several world-reknowned metal smiths and enamelists since 2008. In 2010, she became a PMC Certified Artist/Instructor. She shares her love of making art jewelry with students the world over through her online tutorials and classes at Blueschool Arts.

ENAMELING PROCESS:
All of my enamel pieces are made from particles of glass that are fused to a metal surface, be it copper or silver. I work with both powdered and porcelain enamels, coating both the back and front surfaces to provide a durable, long lasting surface. Remember though that glass is breakable if you drop it on a tile or concrete surface. So, please be careful not to drop your amazing jewelry on the floor!

Enamel that has a sheen is not porous. However, enamel that has a matte finish is very porous. For this reason, I treat all of my matte enamel jewelry with a couple coats of jeweler's wax. It provides a non-porous, hard surface that will last for years. In the event that this protective coating wears off, you can clean your enamel with a paste made with a little baking soda and water. Use an old toothbrush to rub the surface clean. It's that simple.

ETCHING PROCESS:
I etch all of my copper, brass and nickel jewelry in a chemical free etching bath. This creates a more eco-friendly product. The way I do this is in a bath of salt water with electricity. I offer tutorials in my shop on this very process if you'd like to learn how it's done.

METAL CLAY PROCESS:
Most of the silver metal pieces you see here were made with a product called metal clay. Metal clay starts out as a soft, maleable product that can be rolled and textured with many common items like rubber stamps, natural leaves, fabric and paper. It can be carved when dry with tiny gouges and chisels.

Metal clay is made from finely ground particles of metal, 20 microns and smaller, mixed with an organic binder and water. Once a design is created and allowed to dry, it is fired in a kiln or with a torch at very high temperatures. This process burns off any remaining water and the organic binder. The metal particles come together to form a solid, pure metal. PMC or PMC3 is fine silver. Once fired, it is 99.9% silver. Sterling is 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper.

If you are interested in learning more about me and my creative process, please follow my blog: www.mybrownwren.blogspot.com

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