At least Mrs. Elbert begins with museum pieces to show what her art form is all about, but unfortunately her black and white photos project the opulence as fussiness. Her own projects shun the painstaking processes involved in traditional enameling for the new, simple method made possible by today's liquid, cold enamels that don't require grinding or firing. Even so her craft still requires more commitment, both in effort and in materials, than do most in this series, and the final products as pictured here hardly seem to be worth the trouble. The author tells how to mix the different enamels and apply them to a metal base and how to finish the pieces as jewelry (often gimmicky--""tick-tack-toe"" patterned copper cufflinks, a boomerang-shaped necklace). Or, you can buy and decorate metal boxes, bowls and trays or finished items such as switch plates, door knobs and ornate hardware. Certainly out of the handicraft mainstream, and not for everyone's rainy day.