Securing Your Wires in Cloisonne

Many get frustrated as they try to balance the cloison wires on the base coat of flux as you place the piece in the kiln. There are several products you can order to help secure them. Most common is Klyre Fire, but if you need something a bit stronger try Tragacanth Gum. Tragacanth Gum is commonly use in securing granules in the technique of Granulation. it is a food additive and can be found here;  www.lorannoils.com.

I have found it works best if added to water to create a milky consistency  and let it sit over night before using. When in need to secure a wire or two dip the cloison wire in the tragacanth solution and place on the fired flux enamel jewel and set on the kiln for a few second as the heat will harden the solution.

 

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