Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I’ve taken advantage of your
kind offer to email you offline, I hope you don’t mind - my email is
I have yet to enamel beads as am somewhat ‘nervous’, but am really
keen to try. I don’t have anyone to visually learn from, so will be
using whatever written info I can, plus my own cloisonne and champleve
Can you tell me, does the enamel really need Klyr Fire or can it be
fired wet as is. I’ve read the Klyr Fire should be used - presumable
because the enamel in parts is ‘hanging upside-down’; however when
counter-enamelling, the enamel still clings when upside-down without
the use of Klyr Fire.
Does the bead need a base coat of flux, then fire, then place the
I’ve been formulating the idea of soldering (IT) a fine silver jump
ring around the holes of the bead to protect the enamel at the holes.
The ring would act the same way as the bezel around the middle does.
This, in theory, means I should be able to place any type of bead next
to the enamelled bead without damaging the enamel - or am I just
complicating the process for no useful purpose.
I don’t own and haven’t used a hydraulic press, my plans are just to
fabricate the domes and solder together. Would the hydraulic press
mean that I could create different shaped beads - square, oval, etc?
Sorry for all the questions, bead enamelling seems to be one of the
mysteries of enamelling which is taking forever to unravel!
Kind regards, Marianne.