The first step is making the rim for the enamel.

I wrap 16 gauge fine silver wire around a suitable mandrel and cut it into individual rings with shears.

Next I close the ring and align the ends.

The wire is fused into a solid ring, without solder.

I set my rolling mill to about 20 gauge, and roll the ring to flatten it.

The flattened ring is rounded out.

The two pieces are annealed, flattened again and prepared for fusing.

I apply a copper solution to the ring.

The ring and disk are fused together from below.

The fused base will maintain a highly reflective surface below the enamel.

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