Vicki. Why are you washing your enamels? The only time they need to
be rinsed is to remove the fine particles if one is planning to do
wet packing. The fines would cause cloudiness. If one plans on dry
sifting the enamels there is absolutely no need to wash them.
Now, assuming you are doing wet packing, only rinse the small amount
needed at that time. Any wet enamels that are left over, should be
thoroughly dried and stored. Also, be sure to save the cloudy fines
left over from rinsing. They have many uses. Rinsed enamels will keep
If you are working with Thompson enamels, get the Thompson
"Workbook." It only costs around $10.00 and will give you invaluable
up-to-date on enamels.