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  1. Shirley

    Dear Patsy
    I started doing some cloisonné work several years ago, but for a few reasons I packed it all away, sadly. Recently, I was asked to enamel some copper shapes for a friend, since he knew I had played around with it in the past. I went up to storage and hauled out many boxes of enamels that I had bought at a studio closing. There were a few of my first attempts I can show you.
    I just spent the last two days sorting these wonderful test plates that came with the lots I bought, and there are many many jars of thompson,schaumburg, Hill, Allcraft and amaco enamels in hundreds of colors, but I know they are very old. Could these enamels be any good after all these years? Some are in zip lock bags that are deteriorating, most are in 2 oz jars with tight lids. I’m going to gear up and do some tests to see if they look,like the original test plates , but what would bee the problem with them? Why do they go bad and how would you tell.?

    • Patsy Croft

      Hi Shirl,

      If the enamels are very bad, when you wash them, you would see they do not mix with the water. They will stay stuck on the bottom of the dish. If they are not too back but have some deterioration you can see white spots in the enamels after you have washed them. You can take these and grind them a bit with a mortar and pestle. Then rinse again. Some of the older enamels were made better than the new ones.

      Good Luck! Patsy


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