Ann Aas is a enamel jewelry artist based in Chanhassen, Minnesota. She has always loved jewelry and accessories and has enjoyed making her own designs for the past six years.
Ann’s style and focus changed after she took an enameling class 2014. She fell in love with enameling and the unpredictable and endless potential of fire, glass and metal. She continues to learn new techniques by taking online classes and trial and error.
Using a torch for enameling allows her to quickly create colorful, textured, one of a kind pieces. Most of her work is copper based, but she also enamels on brass and steel. Some of her metal pieces are machine stamped shapes while others are hand cut and pounded into shape.
The metal shapes are heated with a Mapp gas torch. Once glowing, the metal is dipped into crushed glass. The glass sticks to the metal and the piece is again heated in the flame. This process is repeated several times, fusing the glass to the metal. Surface interest is applied by dipping the piece into a coarser glass called frit or applying a ceramic decal.
Each piece is unique. Ann uses riveting and wire wrapping to finish her pieces.
Enamel is durable but should be handled gently for many years of wear. To keep your enamel looking new and vibrant please keep it away from lotions, shampoos and cleansers. Avoid swimming in salt and chlorinated water, and heavy perspiration during exercise. Never Clean Enamel in ultrasonic jewelry cleaners or with ammonia based cleaners. Wipe clean with a damp gentle cloth only.