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Cloisonne enamelling


#1

hi can someone suggest a method to hold cloisonne wire in place on
a cylindrical surface. I tried to buy some gum arabic but I coudn’t
find any over here(malta). ray


#2
    hi can someone suggest a method to hold cloisonne wire in
place on a cylindrical surface. I tried to buy some gum arabic
but I coudn't find any over here(malta). ray

I use Thompson Enamel’s Klyr Fire, but I bet you can’t get that
there either. You might see if you can get gum of tragacanth
(sometimes pharmacies have it and it is used by artists who make
their own pastels so could be available from an artists’ supply
outfit). I would use it full strength (I have a book which
details how to mix it with water and in what proportions - if you
can get tragacanth in dry, powdered form, e-mail me off list and I
will send you the formula). After being mixed, it should be
refrigerated to make it last longer.

o Donna in Wyoming, USA, who used to live in Spain


#3
   hi can someone suggest a method to hold cloisonne wire in
place on a cylindrical surface. I tried to buy some gum arabic
but I coudn't find any over here(malta). ray

G’day, Ray; I know gum arabic - and even have some, but I reckon
that almost any other gum would do for you, providing it has nothing
to contaminate the work after burning off. - like the clear gum
that stationer’s sell, but not the paste. Gum arabic is a gum which
used to be made from the sap of certain varieties of acacia trees.
The older books say to use it as they didn’t know of anything else,
and it was in common use at one time. Try the stationer’s shop
stuff - it’s cheap enough.

I was based in your little island a long time ago, and even spent
3 weeks in solitary confinement at the hospital at Imtarfa! (they
reckoned I had smallpox, but I reckon it was chicken pox) When I
came out I noticed that all the ladies from Strait Street had neat
little plasters on their upper arms! I even had a couple of rest
and recreation periods at Ghain Tuffieha. And of course we swam at
St Paul’s Bay - and even in the Grand Harbour, though that was
asking for further hospital treatment at that time. There are some
tales…

Cheers, JohnB @John_Burgess2 from sunny Mapua,
New Zealand.


#4

Hi Ray

If you check out your local print shop you may find they have
some gum arabic laying around. When I was a printer we used it to
seal off aluminum litho plates from oxidation [probably use
something more esoteric now]. As to gum tragacanth the only place
I have ever seen it advertised is in a Tandy Leather [leather
working supply retail chain in NA] catalogue I was looking at
last week. So if there is a leather worker, saddle maker, leather
working materials supplier, etc. on Malta he/she may have some.
Seems they use it to seal the edges of belts etc. to glue down
the fuzzy edges and burnish to a gloss finish. Believe it is also
called Casing.

Luck
Lorne
Vancouver Isle., Canada


#5

Ray,

Hi! I just came across an ad for DRS in New York City featuring
gum arabic. Their number is 800-223-8960, e-mail:
drsjewelry@polygon.net. Hope this helps. Good luck!

Vera


#6
    hi can someone suggest a method to hold cloisonne wire in
place on a cylindrical surface. I tried to buy some gum arabic
but I coudn't find any over here(malta). ray

Hello Ray,

There is an adhesive product called “Blu-Stic” in the Thompson’s
Enammelling catalog that is designed “to hold cloisonne wires in
place on vertical surfaces”. Would this work for you? Only $1.25
:slight_smile:

Kim


#7
G'day, Ray;   I know gum arabic - and even have some, but I reckon
that almost any other gum would do for you, providing it has nothing
to contaminate the work after burning off. - like the clear gum
that stationer's sell, but not the paste. 

I am a newbie, so this is as much a question as a possible
suggestion, but what about super glue (crazy glue,
cyanoacrilate, etc). I have used it to hold a piece together
until I can put on binding wires, and have glued sheets of
different metals together to cut a pattern from both of them.
Any thoughts?

Marrin Fleet
@Marrin_and_Mary_Dell
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
(About halfway between the Gulf of Mexico
and Canada, on the Mississippi River;
home of Elvis and W.C.Handy)


#8
hi can someone suggest a method to hold cloisonne wire in place on a
cylindrical surface. I tried to buy some gum arabic but I coudn't
find any over here(malta). 

Ray, just read your request from March re cylindrical surface glue for
enameling. Thompson Enamel has Blu-Stic for that purpose. Their address
for ordering is 650 Colfax Ave. Bellevue, KY 41073. Ph#1-606-291-3800 and
fax 1-606-291-1849. Ask for Jerri. Dottie Wood (Houston)


#9

Hello, are you wrapping it with binding wire?
Gail
@Roesh