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 How is Cloisonné Made? 

Cloisonné beads are created by skilled artisans. Each cloisonné bead can take up to four hours to produce. Dozens of tiny cells are soldered to the bead's surface, then filled with four layers of enamel, and fired after each filling. Then each bead is polished, revealing intricate and beautiful designs. Since each bead is handmade, colors and styles may vary.

Step 1
Step 2
First a copper base is cast; design is sketched.
Brass wire cells are then soldered to the surface to form a pattern.
Step 3
Step 4
Enamels are then painted in the cells and fired for the first time.
Enamels are then filled in the uneven spaces and fired the second time.
Step 5
Step 6
Repeat filling enamels and fire the third time until every filled-in space becomes smooth.
The surface is then ground smooth and polished.
Step 7
Finally, the cells are gold or silver plated.

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