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Double-boxing Boxes Unboxed

In this day and age, everyone knows the necessity of double-boxing items shipped; but then, do they? The boxes arrived; it was late winter and they had been left on the porch. They were taken inside and allowed to warm to the environment – natural…

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Enameling Tips: Cause and Effect

This article is a part of a series offering enameling tips and what is most occurring that enamelists encounter. This part talks about the cause and effect of basic knowledge. ******************************************* There are contributing…

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Enameling Tips: Enamel Suppositions

This article is a part of a series offering enameling tips and what is most occurring that enamelists encounter. This part talks about enamel suppositions and assumptions. ******************************************* As taught and written…

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Enameling Tips: Ritual Over Knowledge

This article is a part of a series offering enameling tips and what is most occurring that enamelists encounter. This part talks about the ritual over knowledge. ******************************************* There is a whole lot of fiction…

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Lead Bearing and Lead Free Enamels

The question about the differences between lead bearing and lead free enamel is the same as the questions about the difference between lead bearing and lead bearing, or between lead free and lead free. There are more differences between enamelists…

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Postal Cards and Postage Stamps

A risk was taken on my part with the concept for an exhibition entitled “Postal Cards and Postage Stamps,” for the Woodrow W. Carpenter Enamel Foundation’s Second Biennial Conference. The conference was held in the facility…

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Proper Enamel Sifting Process

Sifting is the process of dropping and catching falling enamel particles. The control factors are mesh size of the enamel; mesh size of the screen; the load of the sifter; the size and shape of the surface to be covered; the use or non-use of a holding…

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Underglaze Pencils

Jessica Calderwood after having stepped upon some magic toes in history gives renewed credential to the field of enameling in a current mode; the use of underglaze pencils. She discovered an incidental and performed a revival revelation…