This is my first message for this group! My name is Priscilla and I’m
a jewelry author, working nowadays mostly with metal clay and silver
alloys. I’ve taken few torch-firing enamelling classes and have made
a few enamelled pieces, some work well, some doesn’t. Sometimes, when
it doesn’t, I just lose the interest in that piece and toss it onto
my “mistakes” drawer (growing fuller every day…), but a few times
I just want that piece to work, so I just remove the enamel and
start over again.
I’d like to share my method of removing enamel; it’s simple, non-
toxic or dangerous, just a bit messy. It is a thermal shock, but you
have to cover the entire enamelled area with a mixture of 50/50 table
salt and cream of tartar, and just enough water to make it “wet-
packable”. Heat it from beneath with a torch until the mixture is
burnt, and you know that the enamel is molten, then drop the piece
upside-down into a bucket full of water. Sometimes you have to repeat
the process, specially in deep areas or when you just don’t heat the
piece enough for the enamel to be molten, but I never had to do it
more than 3 times, and all the enamelis removed that way.
I hope this can be helpful to some of you!
Art Clay Brasil