Let’e start with your most important piece of equipment, your kiln. yes and if you want a quality piece of equipment, that will last longer than your life time look at these ..http://croftkilns.com
I am an enameling jewelry artist, but over the years in this wonderful job I got tired of low quality kilns and have theses kilns built in the USA. Just check them out.
Supplies I use and sell, you can check out here. http://croftkilns.com/accessories/ These are just a few thing to make it easy for you to find that are not available in one location.
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.
Enameling supplies and a few enamel and kiln tools I use and sell http://croftkilns.com/accessories/
I have the enameling brushes, tuff break, kiln cloth, shelves for your kiln floor protection, and kiln cloth. Check it out.
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
Schlaifer’s Enameling Supplies
Carries a full line of the Thompson’s leaded enamels. www.enameling.com/Home.html
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.
Plating Services https://www.redskyplating.com These guys are great!
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.
I used the small nuts and blots in the assembly of this jewel. www.volcanoarts.biz/index.html
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 Very helpful to support your unusual shapes and sizes of your enamel jewels.
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
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.
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
Out of Print Books
Skip Pridgen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Endangered Specie. com great site www.endangeredspecie.com/
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Check here for a couple of color reference tools that are very helpful for your enameling projects. One, is a product made for films in photography. It is very simple to over lay the sheets and see how the color changes. I had an inquiry the other day on how an...read more
See this little tool, the Deep Throat Dial Caliper?! This handy little tool will help you measure the thickness of your enamel around the entire surface of your piece. It's very important for the thickness of the counter enamel to match the thickness of the top...read more
I am sure you all have come to the point at some time the standard trivets just will not work to support the jewel you have created. Times like this push us to be inventive. You can see this is an odd shape Plique a Jour Necklace, and in the enameling process it...read more
Hauser Miller is whom I like to order my Cloisonne wire from as well as my Cloisonne bezel wire, for setting the cloisonne jewel. Here is a link to their site, www.hauserandmiller.com/fab/bezel.html Although I prefer to set my cloisonne jewelry with 2.5 mm high 22k...read more
Tuff Break is the name of "That Rubber Stuff" I use to set my cloisonné enamel jewels. For several reasons in all my settings of enamels jewelry. One it adds protect the counter enamel while setting, by giving the enamel piece a cushion which help me not crack the...read more