Sorry to bring up this subject again, but I'm also stuck with the
105B enamel discontinuance problem.
First of all, I am also desperately seeking 105B and am either
willing to buy it, or, I have a fairly good sized stock of different
Thompson lead bearing enamels that I'd be willing to trade ounce for
ounce (I have no opals, however...)
So, that out of the way, since this enamel seems to be gone for good
(according to my instructor, Coral at Enamelworks ordered a kilo
from them last year prepaid, and STILL hasn't gotten anything from
them), can anyone on this list recommend a good substitute? My main
problem with most other reds is that I primarily do basse taille
work, and, to use flux under the enamel, sort of defeats the purpose.
Apparently, that particular enamel is one of the few reds that can be
fired directly over silver. Also, it seems to be one of the few reds
that can take multiple firings and not darken.
Anyway, this is what I'm looking for. A nice transparent red color
(closer to blood than candy apple), gold based (not selenium based),
lead bearing, that can be fired directly onto silver, and can take
multiple firings. Enamel Emporium suggests using 5-T, but for
cloisonne work, not necessarily basse taille. I know that this sounds
like a tall order, but this is the reason some of us are pulling our
hair out over the discontinuance of 105B-it was more or less the
perfect red enamel. Not to mention it's a GORGEOUS color, simply