Everything for enameling jewelry

Everything for enameling jewelry

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Jana Veselá
Enamel jewellery enthralled me many years ago. The effects that you can achieve on the surface of your jewellery using enamel will probably never stop fascinating me. And from the moment I discovered the possibility of combining enamel with metal clay, there are no more limits to my jewellery, just imagination.

Basic information and frequently asked questions

Enameling is one of the oldest techniques of colour treatment of jewellery. As early as Ancient times, people liked to adorn themselves using metal jewellery with colourful decor. Enameling allows us to make an enamel on the surface of a metal jewellery piece - at high temperatures, glass crumbs melt into a shiny, smooth surface in which we can make amazing colour effects. With a little skill, you can try it at home too.

What’s the difference between enamel on mugs and jewellery enamel?

The enamel on mugs is a technical enamel. It has limited colouring and it’s opaque, however, it’s strong and the colours are permanent. It’s one of the high quality metal treatments. Jewellery enamel, on the other hand, exists in a wide array of colours and there’s an opaque kind and a transparent kind. Different colours require different firing temperatures, usually over 750 °C.

Can I make enamel jewellery at home?

You can. For quality and dependable enamel jewellery, you need a kiln in which the enamel is fired at the temperature around 750 °C. Exceptionally, it’s possible to anneal enamel on a sieve with a burner. However, it’s technically more difficult and less safe. You need experience and well-prepared work space to avoid burns.

What metals can I use enamel on?

It’s possible to enamel gold, silver (also metal clay Art Clay Silver) and overall, copper is the best. Colour-wise, enamel works beautifully on copper and such jewellery stands out with its wonderful play of colours.

How do I turn powder into paint?

By firing. In order to turn powder enamel into a shiny coloured surface, it needs to go through a high temperature in a kiln or by firing using a burner.



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