Hi Again Kelly! I have some info. to post to you on your other
question to Orchid… but haven’t finished composing it all yet…
soon I hope.
Does anybody out there have any advice for techniques to use on
cast sterling, to make it a better canvas for enameling? I know
a little about depletion gilding -- (could use some specifics)
In the mean time I know of a link to a 3 page article that discusses
enameling on Sterling silver, and how to do "Depletion Enrichment"
to the surface to create a layer of fine silver for enameling on…
Although I do sometimes “Depletion Enrichment” my Sterling pieces
for a fine silver layer & look, I mostly enamel on fine silver or
fine gold, and bezel the pieces as you mentioned that you often do.
The article is very clear and detailed… and it would be much
better if you could read it directly than if I were to try to
paraphrase it, or explain how I go about the process, for you. I
wouldn’t want to be to vague or miss a step out! : )
The can be found in the article “An Introduction to
Enamelling” in an archived issue of eNAMEL Online Newsletter:
If you look through the archives on eNAMEL you may find a great deal
of useful on enameling.
Also in the book “The Complete Metalsmith” by Tim McCreight there is
s basic description of the “Depletion Enrichment” process, which is
referred to in his book on page 76 as “Depletion Gilding” this
description is for general purposes… not necessarily specific to
enameling there is also a brief bit on Bright Dipping & Plating.
And there is an article in the Orchid Archives in the “Library” by
Charles-Lewton Brain that has a description of "depletion Silvering."
Since the fine silver is a little soft for this – I’m thinking they
need to be cast in sterling. I would have to agree that the fine
silver pieces without bezels around them might well be a little soft
and some designs might be at risk for being bent & having the enamel
damaged. : ( I think you may have a good idea in having them cast in
Sterling, but you’re right that the surface will need to be treated
to have a fine silver layer to enamel on.
Finally there is a compiled list of web based articles & information
to do with enameling, from many, many sources, such as “Glass On
Metal,” and “The Enamelist Society,” called “Useful Stuff.” Have a
look at it if you can, there may be additional articles of interest
on this subject.
Don't know anything about electroplating -- Does this sound like
it might be the way to go?
Maybe, not sure… Rio Grande has some electroplating stuff…
And if so, where can I find detailed on how to do
this. Maybe a Google search? And a look in the Orchid Library. >\Any
advice will be greatly appreciated.
I hope that all these links may possibly be of some use to you!
Best Of Luck!