Continuing on with my creation of the Viscountess's coronet.
Not that all of the pieces have been cut out and the hinge jigs are prepared it's time to solder on the hinges. Personally, I'm a fad of using hard solder on pretty much everything, and it's especially important when soldering something that is going to be enameled, as the firing process can cause the solder to flow and pieces to fall off.
My plan was to use eutectic solder with has a higher melting temperature than hard solder but due to the size difference between the plates and the hinges I was ending up with melted hinges so I reverted back to hard solder. Once the hinges were soldered on it was time to begin enameling.
To the let you can see the enamel as I begin to layer it into the recessed areas. I try not to spread the enamel to far out of the recessed ares to avoid excess clean up afterword.
The powdered glass is mixed with water and a binder to temporarily glue the glass in place until the piece is fired. This process is repeated multiple times until the desired results have been achieved.
Once the enamel has been fired into place and the recesses are filled, each piece is then ground down level and wet sanded to a fine finish before re-firing the pieces a final time. Each piece is then brought to a high polish finish before the pieces and joined at the hinges and the pearls are fixed to the posts at the top.
Here is the finished coronet as worn my the lovely Viscountess Sina.