I start with copper sheet metal, and cut the design out with a hand powered jeweler's saw.  I next file and sand the piece.
 This is my kiln.  I next "anneal" the piece, which is heating up the metal to remove internal stresses and prepare the metal for the fusion with glass.
 The annealed metal goes into a "pickle", or acid bath to remove scaling and oxidation.
 The piece is hammered if there is a need for 3-D effect.  All my chimes and ornaments are hammered a bit to add dimension.
 Enamel is first applied to the back side of the piece and fired.  
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 The glass is applied to the front, then the back again.  Each layer is one thin layer.  Each piece gets at least 7 firings.  The detail and color definition comes from the build up of these layers.
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