Enamelling is the art of fusing glass on to metal. Jeanette uses the dry sifting method of enamelling which means the glass powder is applied dry and designs are created by sifting various colours of glass powder on to the cleaned copper to create the design. Once the design has been created it is put into a kiln at a temperature of approximately 800°C for a few minutes. More enamel powders can be applied for further firings until the desired results have been achieved. Jeanette also uses glass frit, glass beads, glass rods and millefeuille to enhance her pictures. These are always put on for the first firing.
Jeanette loves the lustrous and vibrant colours that can be achieved from enamelling. The final result can sometimes be unpredictable so it is always exciting to see the final picture once the piece has been fired and cooled.
Although Jeanette may use the same stencils for repeat pictures, all of the pictures are original and no two pictures are exactly the same because Jeanette likes to make each picture special and a one off in its own right.