All, I have been noticing the inquiries about buying niello. I use
niello in my work and know how inconvenient it is to make it and
even more inconvenient to buy. I will be making some in February.
Anyone who is interested in buying some from me should email me –
offline. I’ll sell it by the gram and my initial price will reflect
the price that Fischer charges with an additional charge for
postage. After the initial batch I will reassess the labor and
adjust the price from there. Initially I will provide the material
only in stick form. Ultimately, I hope to be able to figure out a
way to produce it economically in a very fine powder with the
limited resources at hand. Right now I hand grind my niello with a
mortar and pestle. That is just to much work to do on a production
scale, and it is too inconsistent in texture considering I am
selling it for money as a finished product.
The formula I use is the standard blue/black Fike recipe. If you
want to see what the niello looks like in a piece just get any
Metalsmith magazine from the Exhibition in print to the latest
current issue and find my advert. Or let me know and I will email
you a picture of my work.
Larry Seiger in central North Carolina where almost all the snow has
finally melted and where we are finally getting plain old rain with no