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How do you decorate copper with enameling?

Counter Enameling

Most enameled pieces should be counter enameled on the back side. This gives the piece a much more finished look, it eliminates a great deal of fire-scale cleaning, and it controls the chipping and cracking that can resu ... [More]

How do you prepare copper for enameling?

Enameling is the process of fusing glass powder to copper, silver, or gold. The fusing temperature is 1450°F/787°C. A small front-loading kiln, a kiln with a bead annealing door, and the Paragon QuikFire are suitable for copper enameling. You will al ... [More]

I was wondering how to enamel on brass. Can I use the same enamel that I use on copper?

Copper enamels will not work on brass. The coefficient of expansion is not compatible. The result will just be the enamels chipping, cracking, and/or flaking off the piece.

There is a product called "Gilding metal" which is 95% copper and 5% ... [More]

Should you apply kiln wash to the bottom of an enameling kiln?

Kiln wash is widely used in enameling. It is applied with a brush to the kiln's firebrick bottom for protection against dripping enamels.

One application with a paintbrush should last several years. Applying the kiln wash takes just a few min ... [More]

The vent hole in the door of my Paragon E-series kiln is punched in the steel case. But the hole has not been drilled. Did you forget to drill it?

The 1/2” hole is stamped in the case, but the firebrick behind the hole is solid so that you can drill the correct hole size for your pyrometer. If you don’t use a pyrometer, you could drill a 1/2” vent hole.

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What is enameling?

Enameling is the art of fusing powdered glass to copper, gold, or silver. The enamel piece is inserted into a kiln at around 1450 degrees F and removed several minutes later.

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