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Transfering etch for enameling


#1

Can someone tell me – is it realist to to use your rolling mill to
transfer an etched design to silver and expect to get an impression
that is deep enough to enamel.

I have transfered a design from an etched brass piece to a fine
silver piece (20 gauge) Perhaps my mill could have been a little
tighter – but not much. I am not impressed with the depth of the
transfer – the first layer of enamel flux will fill it up entirely.
I had hope for a bit of recess even after finishing all the layers
of enamel.

Susan H.


#2

Hi Susan,

is it realistic to  to use your rolling mill to transfer an etched
design to silver and expect to get an impression that is deep
enough to enamel. 

My experience would indicate that it is. I recently collaborated
with a jeweller who makes very delicate and precise impressions in
fine silver and 20k (I believe) gold. She wanted to see if adding
colour to the design would make the image more obvious and
interesting.

We tried using either one or two colours, according to taste.

I found that it is relatively easy to get a very fine layer of
enamel. The hard part is getting the perfect impression.

David


#3

I recently had a problem w/ this, and I was told you have to
experiment w/ the variables. The thickness and type of your metal,
the material you are using to press in the pattern and your backing.


#4
Can someone tell me -- is it realist to  to use your rolling mill to
transfer an etched design to silver and expect to get an impression
that is deep enough to enamel.

Hi Susan.

I sometimes cut out my own designs in varied materials, and I roller
print them onto metal. I enamel some of these and it has been
successful. In order to give depth and dimension to the finished
enamel, I would not use a flux as this would prevent the colour
going into the deeper areas of the printed piece. Roller printing
with paper is my favourite method and the print is sufficiently deep
for enamelling. Hope this makes sense.

Ruth in the UK.