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Hiii!! Looking to start enamelling on silver and gold… are there any tips / things I should know? And Is there things such as enamelling pens or something along the lines of liquid enamel that I can use a fine brush for intricate and precise designs ?

Can I also use more than one colour without firing between applications?

TIA XX

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Hi there!
enameling is awesome!
I recommend getting a book or two to read up on the techniques so that you have successful results.

that way you can learn about the basics, as well as see the many different techniques and decide where you want to go.

there are many books available!

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=enameling+book&sprefix=enameling&ref=nb_sb_ss_ts-doa-p_2_9

RioGrande also has some great video tutorials for kiln and torch firing method.

i will find some links to get you started.

julie

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Hi,

this is a great reference book to read.

julie

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Get a copy of Karen Cohen’s book, The Fine Art of Enameling. That, and Linda Darty’s book will give you more information than you actually can use right away. Then. . . find a class (es) and learn, learn, learn. Enamels have their own idiosyncracies and it will take awhile to learn them. Re: you specific question about liquid enamel. . .Check out classes with Anne Havel (just google her).

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look into sgraffito

julie

i believe two painting techniques are called
grisaille
limoges

check those out as well

julie

As Linda says, check out Anne Havel who is a terrific instructor whose focus is on torch firing enamels.

Tanya Crane and Barbara Minor are both offering online classes through Pocosin using liquid enamels this spring…

Tanya is also offering an in person workshop at Snow Farm this summer.

As someone else mentioned earlier, there are also several good enamelist groups on FB.

Pam

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wow

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I have been taking Pocosin online classes this past year. They are great. I have taken them from Barbara Minor, Jan Harrel and Judy Stone. All excellent teachers. Leslie Perrino from Wisconsin is also amazing. I started taking classes at Thompson Enamel Factory in Kentucky. That was amazing. So much to learn.

I highly recommend Karen Cohen’s book. I’m new to Enameling and found her book less overwhelming & felt like I learned more.

Highly recommended…

Not sure if this has been said yet but I would highly recommend an enameling course. If you have enameled on copper and know the techniques then I will say that you must remember to use fine silver and to know that enamel colors fire differently on silver than they do on copper. In any case, the books recommended here are all very good but truly there is nothing like taking a course with a knowledgeable instructor to learn this craft.

I know for me I don’t live in an area that makes a class possible, forget about Covid.
But a class would be a stretch at any time.

I did find these videos a really good sort of “class” put together by the UK Enameling society . They go through all the different techniques & you can watch it over & over.
I highly recommend them, even though they are a bit pricey.
https://www.riogrande.com/product/enamelling-on-copper-complete-dvd-set/560649

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