Gillie Byrom’s Book Technique of Painting in Enamels

Gillie Byrom’s Book Painting in Enamels


Gillie Byrom Book new for us on the Technique of Painting in Enamels. This is not a style of enameling I use often but I always love to learn anything new about enameling.  And I highly recommend this one! Check it out.

Here she has shared a beautiful painting enamels color chart to give you an idea of all the color you can create with these enamels.


And next one page that caught my attention is how she transfers her image to the enamel. There are many ways to transfer your designs and this one is very helpful and one you need to try.

Enameling to me it truly an amazing art with so many varieties and techniques. Visit Gillie here. And let me know what you think.



Painting Enamels

Mer Almagro’s Video of Grisailla Enameling

Mer Almagro’s Video of Grisailla Enameling

Mer Almagro shares two Videos of the Enameling Technique of Grisalla with Opal Enamels.

Enjoy a clip from Mer Almagro’s video The Enameling Technique of Grisalla Opal, where Mer gives you a unique tutorial. I have seen Grisaille used with white opaque enamels over black opaque but her application using opals is just beautiful. After 30 years of enameling, you would think I  had seen all the techniques. This is definitely a technique I will be using, I can see it helping me in my ocean scenes as well as in my animals. Her work is not only beautiful but also shows any enamelist a very delicate approach to shading your enamels.

Below is a link to purchase her video.



A little more infomation on Grisalla

Painting Enamels with John Killmaster

Painting Enamels with John Killmaster

Master John Killmaster has shared his painting enamel technique with us. Here he uses liquid enamels.



Graphite on Enamel, How to use.

Graphite on Enamel, How to use.

As Lisa Bialac-Jehle puts it “Simple”  How to use Graphite on Enamel

Graphite on Enamel

Lisa Bialac-Jehle

How to use graphite on enamel?

  • Counter enamel on copper: Fire
    • White or other light enamel: Fire
    • Lightly etch the surface with glass etching cream. I use Etch-All For around 10 minutes. (Follow container instructions for use.)
  • Rinse off Etchant. Dry.
    • Draw on the etched surface with graphite: Fire
    BTW: If you don’t like the finished results? Etch-All will etch the graphite off easily.”

PS: I tend to use whatever random mechanical pencil or sharpened pencil I have laying around. 😉

Love these jewels and such a nice simple effect of using graphite on enamels. Thank you, Lisa, for sharing!

A link to more of Lisa’s work.



Settings of Enamel Jewels with Larissa

Settings of Enamel Jewels with Larissa

Unique Jewelry, Limoges Miniature Painted Enamels by Larissa Porgoretz uses the setting of enamels from the back. Here I have shared Larissa’s amazing work from my enamel jewel collection  Her painting enamel technique is one of a kind.

Techniques of painting enamels

Setting of Painting Enamel Jewels

Her choice to set from the back allows her to create beautiful metalwork on the front of the jewel. One of her trademarks.

Setting of Painting Enamel Jewels


And more on setting enamels

Making Flesh Colors in Painting Enamels

Making Flesh Colors in Painting Enamels

Many have asked about making flesh colors. This hula lady is an enameling technique of cloisonne. This means the wires are forming the figure. Inside the wires I used Bovano’s flux #3 on fine silver, then the following layers of flesh are 209 Bovano’s. It is a opal enamel and you have to be careful not to over fire it. If opal enamels get too hot too long it can become opaque. When finished and polished it should look like it is a simi-transparent enamel, that is the color of flesh.

Alohi Lani Designs, cloisonne jewelry


Below is a color plate of mine of opaque flesh colors from left to right, the lower row.

Bovano =B

B157 is a soft enamel, B88 hard enamel, B220, B226, B224, B233, B227 With these opaque enamels you could create figurative work.



Below is a figure  jewel is by Larissa Podgoretz. She uses painting enamels. You can get a kit from Thompson. The way she accomplished the look of flesh is to start with a plate of copper.  And apply and fire a hard white opaque enamel such as Thompson’s 1010, or Bovano’s 101. A hard enamel is used so the foundation is harder than you color layers, this assures the layers of colors will not sink into foundation and look washed out. As their pigment is very thin.

Once you have this base coat of the hard firing white enamel, you sand and polish it to make a smooth canvas to paint on. Now you would take the painting kit and mix colors to get the shades you are imaging.   As if you were doing an oil painting.

As you fire many layers of color you will loose a little intensity of the colors, so the last layers will be the darkest.


The photo below is one I have started painting. First i painted an outline of the lady. And fired it. Then I start adding my background color, and fire it. The colors you want to be more subdue  you apply first as they fade into the base enamel a little. The later the color is applied will be more intense.

With painting enamels you can mix them together, say brown and white with a little orange to get a flesh color.They are oxides= enamels without silica.   They really give you the opportunity to create the color you need.

To apply the painting enamels you need experiment the medium to mix them with.  You choose water or oil. I prefer oil. Once you get the kit I recommend you order the enameled steel tiles and mix colors and fire them just like any test plate to see what you like or don’t. And the same theory applies to these enamels as all others, reds and yellows burn. So you will be applying them toward the end of you journey.


Hard firing enamels

When you need hard firing enamels in painting technique.

Good luck, Patsy