Archive | Enameling Tips

On Washing Enamels

How to Enamel: Practical Enameling of Jewelry with Hard Enamels by Howard M. Chapin, 1911. This classic book is available on This 1911 book is a great introduction to enameling, and discussion of definitions and techniques of various kinds of enameling. There is insight into how enamels were prepared and delivered, as chunks or large […]

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Torch Fired Raku Effects

The following Thompson Leaded colors will give a raku look when reduced with a flame. If you torch fire these enamels from underneath and then finish up with playing the torch over the top surface you will get an iridescence on the surface. These are colors that were tried at the Steve Artz workshop. Leaded […]

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Thoughts on Plique-a-Jour and other such nightmare techniques

by Sandie Bradshaw Having done plique a jour for a quarter century now, I thought I would share my thoughts with you on my love /hate relationship with the media. Unlike other forms of enameling, plique a jour is a demanding mistress. All cells must be under 1⁄4 inch to maintain transparency. You can make […]

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