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Hello - I haven’t used Durenamel a lot yet, just for a couple jobs
that needed a small bit of color here and there. I made the smallest
amount recommended (I think about 10g). I did have quite a bit of
waste at the end, but I used that to test its various qualities to see
how it would work for some future pieces I have in mind. I let it set
up and did some shaping and polishing, to see how it worked on larger
quantities (which worked quite well). I also used some of the waste
to see how the resin flowed using a needlepoint syringe (also pretty
cool). This was only in the past year or so, and the colors haven’t
degraded. I don’t think that resin ‘enamels’ really compare at all
with glass enamel - they have totally different qualities and they
look very different. Too, resin enamel is just . . . less precious
(for an overused art school term).

Like glass enamel though I think you have to be very considerate of
the type of jewelry and the area you are covering - in a ring a large
field of resin could get pretty beat up and scratched and over time I
think it would at best develop a matte quality and at worst would get
gouged and look terrible. I haven’t had a chance to work with glass
enamel yet, so the resin is fun and a little different. Also, color
for me is challenging as a design element, so resin is an inexpensive
and easy way to experiment. I know it has uses I haven’t explored
yet, and there are several things I’d like to try. Inlaying etched
metal, for example (I like DHFell’s pattern sheets), or glueing
translucent or transparent stones together with a strongly different
color of epoxy resin. The Rio Grande catalog makes it look kind of
’crafty’, but I think it has its uses. I don’t know that it will hold
up over the long term very well, so I don’t think I’ll be
experimenting with it on anything expensive, but if a customer wanted
a design done in platinum I’d be happy to oblige.


Hallo Kara, Thank you for the info. It’s just that vitreous enamel
seems to take so much preparation and so many things can go wrong.
I’ve always gone to a sub-contractor but the costs can be quite high.
Many thanks, Derick