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  • Last Post by Edmund Massow
    October 7, 2020

    Metal thickness

    Rudolf Molnar - July 5, 2015 - 2 replies
    I want to make champleve gold bracelet. How thick must be the 18K gold if I want 0,5-0,7mm depth enamel on top and don´t want to use counter enamel. Can I use 22K gold with better results? Is there any ratio/coefficient for gold/enamel, silver/ename...
  • Last Post by Henry Borysewicz
    January 29, 2019

    Gems under enamel?

    Henry Borysewicz - January 29, 2019 - 0 replies
    Has anyone tried firing gems like cubic zirconium or synthetic ruby under enamel?
  • Last Post by laura taskey
    May 24, 2016

    Separation Enamel

    laura taskey - May 24, 2016 - 0 replies
    I'm trying to find the correct procedure for using SE-2, separation enamel. Can someone please help with that? Thanks.
  • Last Post by Jeanne Abriel
    January 4, 2016

    Firing Pink Colors for Cloisonne

    Jeanne Abriel - December 24, 2015 - 4 replies
    I'm having a very hard time firing pink colors when I do cloisonne pieces. The pinks often turn orange. I've used Ninomiya L94 (raspberry), G703A, N14,  SL5, and a Thompson leaded color called Tea rose. I can get a pink initially but in the final fir...
  • Last Post by M. Quinnan Whittle
    January 1, 2016

    Solders for Enamel

    M. Quinnan Whittle - December 21, 2015 - 2 replies
    Please clear up for me what the difference is between eutectic and IT solders.  I bought eutectic solder for soldering under enamel, but have since been told to use IT solder.  I can find very little information about IT solder.  I trust th...
  • Last Post by Garfield Stinvil
    October 3, 2015

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  • Last Post by Diana Wieler
    September 14, 2015

    Leaded Painting Flux

    Diana Wieler - September 14, 2015 - 0 replies
    Hi folks,
    I've begun experimenting with enamel paintingl and want to create my own 'paints' with pigments and 325 mesh flux.  I have the flux in an UNleaded version but really want LEADED flux.  I've already contacted several companies and...
  • Last Post by Andrew Findlay
    September 4, 2015

    enamelling on steel

    Andrew Findlay - July 6, 2015 - 9 replies
    Hi everyone I am a noob to enamelling but not to metalwork. I would love to be able to enamel something like the flower attached, but I see various problems. The thickness of the (zero carbon) steel varies from 1/8th inch towards the centre of the petals ...
  • Last Post by Candy Smith
    August 29, 2015

    enamel shards for decoration

    Candy Smith - July 5, 2015 - 8 replies
    About a year ago someone posted a method to make shards of enamel for decorating other enamels. The enamel was melted on some metal, I think, then bent to crack it and loosen it. Can't remember the details but it made perfect sense at the time. Can someon...
  • Last Post by Anna Brenk
    July 14, 2015

    Cracking during metal finishing

    Anna Brenk - July 14, 2015 - 0 replies
    Hi everyone, I'm kind of new to enameling and have been given the opportunity to explore for the store that I work at.  I've had a couple successful pieces, but recently I'm having issues with the enamel cracking, and, in some cases, coming off compl...