The Book, best I have seen and used is “Enamels, Enameling, Enamelist” link to Amazon
This is a great book that covers all forms of enameling to get you started.
Then look into your Enameling Guilds in your area. Shortly I will but up a list. Until then you can look on the Enamelist Society’s website for them.
The Enamelist Society, Inc.
Volunteer arts organization founded in 1987 for the purpose of promoting the art of enameling.
Society of North American Goldsmiths
Rekindle your passion and create new work.
Southern Highland Craft Guild
Revival of crafts.
The Ganoksin Project
Goal is to build a strong pool of information, freely accessible, for the benefit of the jeweler’s trade and the general public.
Florida Society of Goldsmiths
Non profit organization created by metalsmiths to aid and support other metalsmiths through meetings, publicity, workshops, and exhibitions.
Engraving Tools and Classes
New Approach School for Jewelers
Jewelry School of Stone Setting = Excellent! And Hand Engraving
Supplier of lead free enamels, and all the tools you need to enamel. www.thompsonenamel.com
Enamel Work Supplies
Suppling enamelist with leaded enamels such as Ninomiya
Schlaifer’s Enameling Supplies
Carries a full line of the Thompson’s leaded enamels.
Also a supplier of leaded enamels, Cristallerie Enamels now called Soyer.
Love their blues!
Over 350 “hard to find” vintage enamel colors! Specializing in Thompson Enamel lead based enamels.
Fusion Headquarters Enameling Supplies such as fire cloth, wet felt.
Torch Supplier They sell the presto-lite torch which is economical and in my opinion the simples and most useful in metal fabrication.
Check the prices here www.dakotabulldog.com/dakota_bulldog_1_003.htm
Copper Carbonate is used by artist in the technique of Granulation and can be found at www.artchemicals.com/
Pearl Supplier if you are in the need for some contact Betty Sue King The Pearl Goddess, pearlgoddess.com/pearls/default.asp
Great resource for brass and stainless steel nuts and bolts also mesh copper and textured copper sheets.
Complete Casting Services The Best! Daniel has saved me many times.
Casting in gold, silver, bronze/brass,pewter. Complete finishing services, machine and hand polished Soldering and assembly. Enamelling, Engraving by cnc machinery, CNC model making Mold making… large selection of mold sizes for small and large castings.
Amazon is a supplier I have found recently to purchase kiln wire. I like the 17 ga best to shape into jigs to hold or prop my enamel jewels while firing. It is called High Temp Wire
Table Top Studio Great info on photographing your own work.
Black flux is used for metals that require higher temps for soldering. I use it for copper soldering, as it prevents the joint from oxidizing before the solder becomes liquid..also works great on brass. (I do not use it for silver as the Handi-flux is adequate.) Black flux is black in color and so requires a bit more attention to know when everything has come to temp for the soldering.(It is in paste form…add a little water.) But, it works like a charm. Many times, if one is not accustomed to soldering on copper, because of how much heat it takes, they won’t complete the soldering, or usually, the oxides prevent the solder from joining…black flux keeps things cleaner longer.
The resources are several…if you type in “Black flux for jewelers” you’ll find several companies that carry it. I order my materials from Indian Jewelers Supply out of Gallup, N.M. www.ijsinc.com/
Products That Make My Work Easier
Tuff Break from www.tuffbrakefilm.com sold in sheet 6″x 3′ A rubber to use in setting your enamel jewels. It goes under the enameled piece so it raises the level a bit. But the awesome part is when you burnish the bezel closed it pushes down the enameled piece then springs up. So you are less likely to crack the enameled jewel. I also feel it is better than placing plastic in a gold setting. Just does not seem right. If you ever needed to repair the enamel jewel if you gently push down on the enamel piece you can get under the bezel slightly to remove the jewel! I use .015 Their phone number is 1-800-637-6694 and company name is Anrob (Andrew Roberts Inc) in Masachussetts.
Titanium Supplier http://www.alphaknifesupply.com/ti-sheet.htm
Heat Stop supplied by Gesswin www.gesswein.com this awesome clay I love to use as a support to solder small parts. You heat it with the small parts in place and it turns hard.
Precious Metal West www.preciousmetalswest.com/index.php They will make different alloys of gold on request. 800-999-7528
Artist that can help with repairs and enameling on Brass
Light Up Your Watercolors by Linda Stevens Moyer Great Book to learn more about color.
Get yourself a set of Winsor Newton Travel Watercolors, A block of watercolor paper that is Hot Pressed and a #3 Sable brush.
The travel kit of colors have 10 – 12 colors, all you need to start designing your enameled project. A block of watercolor paper is just that. The stack of paper’s edges are glued together, because when it gets wet in normal conditions of painting with water the paper would warp , and it prevents that. Hot press is more likely to warp but it is a smoother paper than cold pressed. Great for small painting of detail. And I find a #3 sable brush is a good size to get the job done without spending on several brushes.
Another wonderful book I came across this year is Arleta Peach’s Radiant Oils. Her demos are great for an enamelist.
“Colored Pencil Fast Techniques” by Bet Borgeson.
“Color Drawing Workshop” by Bet Borgeson.
eclats d’Email DVD Great DVD for Copper Enameling www.emoluxe.com
Metalwork & Enameling by Herbert Maryon
Art Enameling on Metals by H.H. Gunynghame *** My Favorite
Enameling on Metal, by Louis-Elie Millenet 1927
These last three were not written in our life time. But we sure have had plenty. These are interesting to me as you get a chance to hear how our Masters worked with enamels.
The Treaties of Benvenuto Cellini On Goldsmithing and Sculpture
Great read! A little slow as it is in Old English but very interesting.
The online and published excellent enameling resource! I believe they have been publishing since 1982, Printing demos and writing facts about enameling. Probably the largest library on enameling in the world.
Glass on Metal Index is also a great way to find out which publications have articles you may be interested in. Order from Thompson Enamel
Thompson Enamel Workbook
If you really want to understand vitreous enamels, the expansion rates, what enamels match what metals and much much more, that the time to get the workbook from Thompson and read away. I know we live in a immediate gratification world but if you are serious about enameling build a strong foundation and research your materials. Just $10.00
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