Bear Lake, Michigan, United States
I specialize in an enameling technique called "plique-a-jour" that produces a brilliant stained glass effect.
Enamel, plique-a-jour, sterling silver,fine silver, silver, casting, enameling, fabrication, handmade, pure silver, cloisonne
Skills and Techniques
Enameling using methods including plique-a-jour and cloisonne. Lost wax casting, fabrication, handmade torch-fired beads
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Get to Know
Hi, I'm Sheila Wissner I love making jewelry and specialize in an enameling technique called "plique-a-jour", or light of day. The technique involves firing enamel into openings in a design to produce a brilliant, transparent effect like stained glass. This allows me to incorporate lovely colors into my original designs. Many of my pieces are cast using the lost wax method. I work primarily in sterling and fine (pure) silver and take requests for items in gold by special order. My studio is fully equipped for casting, fabricating and enameling jewelry.
I have a degree in art education from Western Michigan University and have taught art at the elementary, junior high and college levels.
If you'd like to see a slide show of how I make my jewelry, follow this link: http://www.jewelryarte.com/The Artist/flash_studio_tour_page.htm.
My art studio is located at 7609 Norconk Road, Bear Lake, Michigan, 49614. Phone 231-864-3035. In the winter, I'm in Florida. You can reach me by email: email@example.com or phone 615-715-9646. You can visit my JewelryArte web site at www.jewelryarte.com, my page on Facebook and read my blog here:http://jewelryarte.blogspot.com/.
Even better, you can visit me at an art fair. I sell my work at shows in Michigan, Illinois and Florida.
Here is my winter Florida art fair schedule:
*January 14 & 15 Cape Coral Festival of the Arts, Cape Coral;
*February 4 & 5 Sarasota Masters Art Festival, Sarasota;
*March 3 & 4 Naples Bayfest, Naples;
*March 17 & 18 Peace River National Art Festival,Punta Gorda
Bio Photo Gallery
I sometimes cast my jewelry using a centrifugal casting machine and a melting torch. I also have a casting machine where the metal is melted in a tiny little furnace.
Here I am laying wet enamel into one of my sterling silver earring designs. Once it is dry, I pop it into my enameling kiln. This is a process called plique-a-jour which results in earrings that look like tiny pieces of stained glass.
I have a husband, two children and four grandchildren. Here is a picture of me with Anthony, one of my three grandsons.
I sell my jewelry at art fairs in Michigan and Illinois. Soon I hope to add Florida to the list. Here is a shot of my booth.