Fired enamels are one of the elements that are often used to embellish goldsmith pieces. Since the Middle Ages, craftsmen have experimented to extend the limits of this complex technique, to obtain colors of great beauty and variety that allow a very delicate work.
In the images we see one of our workers, Maria, executing the enamel that will decorate the door of a large tabernacle. Before her eyes, she has an enamel with the same representation, in a smaller size, which she herself has previously prepared to test the design and guide her in transferring it to its final size.
On a fire-enameled background, he creates the motif with the technique of painting on enamel, which is then also vitrified in the heat of the muffle. This technique has been highly appreciated since the 16th century for the realization of miniatures, especially portraits, which require meticulous and detailed work. In addition to this technique, a gold pallon has been used on the nimbus of the images. The pallon is a gold leaf that is applied on the first layer of flux (translucent enamel) and that is covered with the following successive layers, through whose transparency it transflores.
In this other enamel test, in which the larger enamel that will decorate the door of a tabernacle has also been tested, the bursts have been chiseled and enameled with a burin on the sheet metal, which show through the transparent enamel, creating a beautiful effect.