FAQs and Answers for Jewellery Enamelling

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Looking for advice on what metals you can enamel

What metals can I enamel?

Looking for advice on what metals you can enamel? W.G Ball Transparent and Opaque enamels are designed for use on copper, gold and silver. We also stock enamels that are suitable for use on steel. A better answer is to say that you definitely cannot use our enamels on aluminium as the metal will melt […]

Why has the enamel crawled in from the edges

Why has the enamel crawled in from the edges?

Why has the enamel crawled in from the edges? This is because the piece is almost certainly over fired (example right); to combat this problem you must reduce the temperature and/or the firing time. If you are using a torch for firing, the flame has enveloped the piece. Try holding the torch further away so […]

Why is there a rippled surface on the enamel

Why is there a rippled surface on the enamel?

Why is there a rippled surface on the enamel? This occurs almost certainly because the piece is under fired (example right), this can result in an orange peel effect therefore you need to increase the temperature and/or the firing time.

Why are the opaque red, yellow, and orange enamels full of black spots and lacking in colour

Why are opaque red, yellow and orange enamel full of black spots and lacking in colour?

Why are opaque red, yellow and orange enamel full of black spots and lacking in colour? These enamels can prove to be the most difficult to use, these colours are highly sensitive to temperature and firing time due to them containing cadmium pigment. The slightest amount of over firing will cause problems. If you are […]

Why does the enamel crack when cool

Why does the enamel crack when cool?

Why does the enamel crack when cool? If the enamel chips off and exposes another layer of enamel, it is almost certain that the enamel was applied too thickly. Therefore you need to reduce the thickness of enamel in future. You can re-fire the chipped piece without adding more enamel, as the exposed layer will […]

Is Klyr-Fire holding agent the same as W.G Ball Cellular Adhesive

Is Klyr-Fire holding agent the same as W.G Ball Cellular Adhesive?

Is Klyr-Fire holding agent the same as W.G Ball Cellular Adhesive? Yes they are essentially the same thing. Klyr Fire is sold as a liquid where as our Cellular adhesive is sold as a powder. If you mix one teaspoon of Cellular Adhesive with a pint of water you have a solution similar to Klyr Fire.

When applying some colours direct onto silver I'm getting a brown/yellow reaction. Why is this

Applying colours direct onto silver

When applying some colours direct onto silver I’m getting a brown/yellow reaction. Why is this?  When applying enamels that contain gold (such as ruby and pink) there is always a risk that they will turn brown or yellow if they come into direct contact with silver. Applying a coat of clear flux prior to the […]

What the best practice when beginning to Torch Fire my work

What the best practice when beginning to Torch Fire my work?

What the best practice when beginning to Torch Fire my work? After launching our Enamelling Torch Firing Kit we received many questions from customers who had not Torch Fired before but wanted a bit of general advice to get them started. It’s important to always fire from beneath the blank, also move the Torch in a […]

How do I clean the backs of my copper blanks after firing to remove scale

How do I clean the backs of my copper blanks after firing to remove scale?

How do I clean the backs of my copper blanks after firing to remove scale? I’m getting flaky surfaces as shown in the image below. We stock a product called Antiscale which should reduce the backs of the blanks scaling. If you haven’t used antiscale and want to remove the scale then try mixing a […]