Can someone please tell me what else can be substituted for
adhering enamel to copper, other then a solution of Gum Tragancanth
or Gum Arabic.
Hello Shirl, I guess the answer might depend a bit on the enameling
application, and reason for the a Holding Agent to adhere the enamel
to the copper surface. For example is the enamels being used on a
flat or on a curved surface? Dry sifted, wet packed, painted etc…?
However, for many applications you can use Klyr-Fire which is water
base Holding Agent. I find it works well for adhering cloisonne
wires & for holding enamel wet or dry on lightly curved/domed metal
surfaces prior to drying & firing. It’s also useful for dry sifting,
and good for securing foils in place prior to firing them to a fired
enamel surface. I always let the KIyr-Fire completely dry prior to
firing. I don’t use it for wet packing enamel in the closion
chambers, as I find water works well enough to hold the grains until
they have dried & are fired.
Some people use mixing media oils to hold their enamel in place for
firing, and there are several to choose from, each with specific
You can check with Thompson Enamel, Inc.They carry Klyr-Fire and
several other Holding Agents, and in their catalog you will find
them on Page 14. You can call or check their website for information
on how to order them. They may also be able to answer some questions
regarding which Holding Agent might be helpful for particular
applications. Thompson Enamel Inc. 650 Colfax Avenue, Bellevue, KY
41073 USA 1-859-291-3800
You can also purchase Klyr-Fire and other Holding Agents from
Enamelwork Supply Co. Enamelwork Supply Co. Seattle WA 9815 Orders:
1-800-596-3257 Information: 1-206-525-9271 Coral the owner, is very
helpful & knowledgeable, and she also supplies Leaded Enamels.
For on what other enamelists might use for particular
applications, have a look on the eNAMEL Online Newsletter
http://users.netconnect.com.au/~enews eNAMEL archives a lot of great
and articles. Go to “Useful Stuff” on the main page for
many additional online enamel & how to articles. Useful Stuff:
Past Newsletters: http://enews.heywoodenamels.com
Best Of Luck! Happy Enameling!