While I was working on the black labrador series of wall hangings and taking photos, also took some photos of the Sheepdog enamels as they were in progress. This one is of Tennis Pro.
I use powdered enamels for this doglet.
This first photo shows the transparent enamel having been fired. I usually over-fire this transparent base coat so that I can get a bit of texture to the blues because it can look a bit flat otherwise.
And the blue fired.
And this is the collie having been fired and cooling down before adding the white mane.
After the white is fired then I need to do the tennis ball. I use a gorgeous pale yellow for this and then do a little strike-through with a toothpick. I like to have it swooshing up towards the nose to add a little dynamism.
And here it is fired. Let’s see now, I think this little pupster gets fired six times. All that firing makes the blue really stand out. I use that colour a lot because it reacts really well with the copper oxides.