My name is Maria Cartwright and I am the owner/designer of 222 Creations. I design torch fired copper enameled jewelry and flame painted copper jewelry. I learned my art through reading books, experimentation, and a passion for creating. Enamel is powdered glass which is sifted onto a copper shape and hand fired with a torch. The heat causes the enamel to fuse to the copper and turn back into shiny glass! I like working with multiple layers of colors in which I draw patterns and designs into the enamel before firing.
Through experimenting with my torch and copper, I have learned another technique called flame painted copper. This technique involves painting a design onto the copper with a small torch, and as the copper heats and cools it turns different colors, ranging from yellow, orange, pink, turquoise, green, dark blue, and violet â€“ itâ€™s really amazing. There is no use of chemicals or other substances – only fire and copper!