I am still obsessing about how to mount my enamel piece - but thank
you to all who gave valuable advice - Peter Rowe: I understand what
you are saying, thank you.
Ifound an old book (1969) by Margaret Seeler on enamelling. She
deals shortly with mounting enamels. However, now I amcompletely
First, according to Seeler, enamels should have a rim and should be
slightly domed. The dome is against warping and has nothing to do
with the subsequent mounting. The rim, which will ensure that the
enamel can be set and worn safely, is made by tapping the disc down
over a stake - it should be appr. 1/3 of an inch down (see p. 34 -
The art of enamelling). Then she says: this side will be ‘up’. In
other words, once the disc is ready for enamelling the rim will
point towards you when you stand in front of it, so the disc will
have the shape of a small cup. She goes on saying that this
turned-up rim is not yet the solution unless they are mounted from
the rear into some kind of frame. How is this a solution for
prong-setting from the back unless you accept that the rim at the
front will look like a ‘bezel’, with the consequence that you need
to set the enam= el in the same metal as the one you used for the
disc? Sorry, but I do not get this. Could anyone please explain?
She then goes on: the next (?) possibility is to shape a rectangular
wire (16 - 18 ga.), solder it and file the edge (which will touch
the metal of the base) to a slant in order to prevent the solder
from spreading over the base-metal. Solder, pickle, etc. and ‘you
have a piece which is strong, holds its shape, protects the enamel
and can bet set into a bezel. Filing the rim makes setting easier
yet. Metal only touches metal; no pressure can damage your enamel’
(Seeler, p. 35).
Well, I do not understand this. Can someone please enlighten me, so
that I can stop stressing over this? It would be much appreciated.