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 enamelist could darker the red that they had available. It is great to be able to keep moving when you are in the middle of an enameling project.
I can be a bit hard to tell here, the red over the blue darkens the red.
Cool little color reference tool for enameling.
Enameling Polishing Tools
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 enamels, or you run the risk of cracking. So, go on over to Contenti Tools and purchase yourself a pair. Here is the link for the tool: http://contenti.com/measuring-n-testing/calipers-n-sliding-gauges/deep-throat-dial-caliper
Enameling Polishing Tools
I am sure you have come to a point at some time, that the enameling project you have created will not fit on the standard trivets for enameling available to us and this pushes us to be inventive.
You can see this is an odd shape Plique a Jour Necklace, and in the enameling process, it needs to be turned different directions. I wanted to share the trivet I made from kiln fire brick and heat tempered wire. There is ordering information under resources for the wire but you can find it on Amazon. Check here for the link. https://alohilanidesigns.com/supplies-enameling/
Here is the next trivet for enameling I have created a long thin cloisonne jewel and if I use standard trivets the enamel jewel would warp if the side could not be supported.
Again this is kiln fire brick trivet. You can use your jeweler’s saw to cut these shapes, then a half round hand file to make a grove to place the cloisonne jewel on. The sides are supported and the back is not touching the enameling trivet. This way the counter-enamel that is required in this cloisonne jewel is just as pretty as the front. I have a fire cloth lying between the brick and the enamel so I will not have any of the firebrick dust in the enamel back.
I have added this one this week as I was enameling cufflinks and needed a way to fire both sides at once and not have the enamel touching anything. This enameling trivet allowed me to achieve just what I needed.
Enameling trivets can also be a challenge when enameling in a trinket kiln. I see enameling artist searching the internet for a trivet to fit in the small trinket kiln. The first image is a one inch square of stainless steel, with the corners bent up. Using a pair of needle nose pliers you can easily place this trivet in and out of a trinket kiln.
The next small simple trivet is made from the Heat Tempered Wire you can order and bend to your needs. This fits easily into the trinket kiln and the trivet will not disturb any of the enameling surfaces.
Happy Enameling, Patsy