Studio of Bill Ooms

Bill Ooms

Enamel and Jewelry

Enameling is the ancient art of fusing colored glass powder onto precious metals under high heat. Cloisonné is a technique which uses thin wires of pure silver embedded into the enamel to create designs.

A sheet of pure silver is polished and covered with a thin layer of clear enamel. Delicate cloisonné wire is fused onto the surface to define the pattern or design. A number of thin layers of colored enamels are applied. Each layer is fused in a kiln heated to 1450°F. Additional layers of clear enamel are applied and the surface is smoothed with diamond polishing wheels. Finally, it is mounted into a bezel of tarnish resistant Argentium® sterling silver.

The colors will not fade over time -- they are as permanent as the brilliant colors in ancient stained glass windows.

Over the years, I'ved learned silversmithing skills and started to add silver to my ornamental turnings. I also learned the basic techniques of guilloche and wanted to add colored enamel (glass) over the surface. After taking several enameling classes, I found that I really enjoyed the artistic expression that is possible with the addition of colors. Wood didn't allow much in the way of color, so I invested more time to developing my enameling skills.

Much of my work is inspired by the beauty of Arizona -- the mountains, the deserts, the sky, the sunsets, and the wildlife. My goal is to express how I see the beauty of nature around me.

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RavenDipper

"Stargazer"

Pendant

tn_RavenComboL

"I Could Fly There"

Pendant and Earrings

tn_BellRockDay

"Bell Rock, Sedona AZ"

Pendant

CathedralRockDay

"Cathedral Rock, Sedona AZ"

Pendant

PicachoPeak

"Picacho Peak, AZ"

Pendant

MonumentValley

"Monument Valley, UT"

Pendant

MonumentValleyER

"Monument Valley, UT"

Earrings

SaguaroTall

"Saguaro Cactus"

Pendant

SaguaroEarRings

"Saguaro Cactus"

Earrings

ThumbButte

"Thumb Butte, Prescott AZ"

Pendant