Since you appear to be starting from the beginning in enamelling, you
need to make a list of the following. IE write a proper
what metal or metals do you plan to enamel upon/?
what enamel makers products do you plan to use?
then what temperature range do you plan to work in ?
what is the largest size you envisage enamelling?
do youhave the power to run a kiln to meet the above specifications?
For example, my enamelling kiln I bought new had an internal working
size of 12 in by 12 in by 4 in high.
It used 3kw of power at 240 volts, (here in the uk) it would run
upto 1000deg C. With a proper platinum iridium thermocouple
the same load in the us at110 v would be 6kw. thermostat controlled
Had a front opening door full size with a small door in the main
door, plus peep hole Its not funny opening a kiln at 1000 dg C. to
load and unload work.
Trying to do proper production work with amateur kit will frustrate
Enamelling needs an oxidising atmosphere.
To get saleable results you need to have the best enamels, metalwork
Solid colours as in opaque is easy on a flat surface. Transparent in
the round? is a whole lot more difficult.
you can do simple pendants in copper single sided enameled with a
1in dia propane torch, running from a 40 lb propane tank and
You will need a proper kiln to match Faberge’s enamelled easter
at least enamelling is quick, as in minuites not like pottery
firing, which can take days.
An oven is really what you bake bread or cakes in, ie up to say 350
deg C. Not really enamelling temperature.
Its a hard road, enamelling. I couldnt make a proper living from it,
tho had lots of fun. Never could get a true ruby red transparent on
silver. On gold, yes!.
still have all the kit and enamels.