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Book Review – Beginner’s Guide to Enamelling

The book is based on a workshop for beginners given by the author some years ago called ‘The Second Coat’. The publisher limited the book to 64 pages and wanted step-by-step projects. Since the book is about enameling and not metal working, the…

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Etymology of Enamel

Most people in our discipline use the word Enamel to identify both the glass which is fused to metal, and the finished product. However, we should not be as possessive as the art potter who believes the word CERAMICS always refers to a pot made…

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Fundamental Procedures for Enamelists

Mixing Dry Granular Material Frequently, we are asked how to mix two or more dry materials, such as two transparent enamels, to obtain a third color. We always recommend the age-old method used by the ancients. It is excellent for small batches,…

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Industrial Liquid Enamels

Industrial liquid enamel is a versatile material. It can be used as a base coat, directly on the metal, or as subsequent coats. It can be used to coat one side at a time, or both sides at the same time. It can be applied by pouring, dipping, daubing…

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Intro to Enameling: Cloisonne Pendant

For the last couple years the W.W. Carpenter Enamel Foundation has held “Intro to Enameling” workshops that are designed to walk beginning enamel students through multiple procedures in a short amount of time. Three projects…

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Intro to Enameling: Double-Sided Pendant 2

For the last couple years The W.W. Carpenter Enamel Foundation has held “Intro To Enameling” workshops that are designed to walk beginning enamel students through multiple procedures in a short amount of time. Three projects…

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Origins, Evolution and the Practice of Enameling

More than 3000 years ago, someone spread powdered glass onto metal, probably gold, and subjected it to sufficient heat to cause it to soften, wet the surface, spread and adhere. We will never know exactly where or when it happened or exactly…

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The Curse of the Fabergé Eggs

In our April issue, we reported the 189-piece collection (including 9 Fabergé Imperial Eggs) owned by the late Malcolm Forbes had been sold to Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg. At that time, it appeared the collection would soon be…