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Enameling Tools & Supplies

Shop medium-temp medium COE Thompson enamels for copper and other metals, plus tools for sifting, decoration and firing of enamels on copper and fine silver jewelry!

Vitreous enamels and enameling tools and supplies from Rings & Things

These 80-mesh medium-temperature medium-expansion vitreous enamels can be kiln fired or torch fired from 1,400° to 1,500°F (760°-815°C), and are perfect for use on copper, gold, low-carbon steel, fine silver, fired copper clay, and fired fine-silver clay.

  • Translucent colors are normally applied on top of a white base coat, so you can see the true color of the translucent enamel unaffected by the color of the base metal.
  • Opalescent colors are normally applied on top of a base coat of your choice.
  • Clear enamel can be used on its own or in combination with other colors.

Experiment to find your favorite combinations!

Enameling Tips:

Enamel is durable, but not totally infallible. (It's glass!) Handle finished pieces with care.

  • Do all metal shaping, stamping, hole punching, etc. before adding enamels.
  • You can easily torch fire pieces up to about 2" (50mm) in diameter. Much larger, and you'll need to fire them in a kiln.
    • Butane Micro Torches aren't totally out of the question, but they don't work up-side-down, and the small flame takes longer to heat a piece to the temperatures required to melt the enamel.
    • The Handy Flame II Propane/MAPP Torch is our favorite for enameling. It heats pieces up the fastest, and can be used at any angle. But we also really like the Handy Flame Butane Torch head -- it has a nice bushy flame, and is our only butane torch head that can be used up-side-down. In both cases, purchase gas locally (hardware or camping store).
  • Thoroughly clean your metal before enameling -- Penny Brite (either the liquid or the cream) works great.
  • Before sifting enamel onto the piece, spray on a light coat of Klyr-Fire, to help enamel stay in place with an even coating.
    • Translucent colors are normally applied on top of a white base coat, so you can see the true color of the translucent enamel unaffected by the color of the base metal.
    • Opalescent colors are normally applied on top of a base coat of your choice.
    • Clear enamel can be used on its own or in combination with other colors.
  • To paint instead of sift, mix enamel with Klyr Fire or approximately 40% distilled water (to get desired consistency) and paint with a small sable paintbrush. You may want to fire a layer of Opaque White Undercoat first (especially if painting with translucent colors!).
  • Sift or paint enamel in desired pattern, carefully transfer to your firing station, and fire!
    • If you painted, allow the piece to dry before firing.
    • When torch firing, heat from below, so you don't blow your enamel off. Like soldering, apply heat evenly, in a circular motion, starting outside the piece and then bringing heat in towards the center.
    • If torch firing, watch closely: when the enamel begins to melt, you'll see a glossy "orange peel" stage where the enamel beads up before slumping to a smooth enameled sheen. Fire a bit more (past the "orange peel" stage), but don't overheat - some colors will scorch.
  • Allow to slowly cool. A warmed pan (or small crockpot) of vermiculite works great.
    • In a hurry? It's usually fine to drop small pieces in a quenching bowl after firing, instead of cooling slowly, but there is a chance that the enamel will pop off. (We've had almost no problem with this, but consider yourself warned.)
  • Clean as necessary - Penny Brite or a brief pickle, maybe a little underwater grinding with an alundum stone. 
    • Warning: Pickle gives a matte effect to some colors of enamel. 
  • Keep all your leftover / spilled enamel powder. If the colors get mixed, save them in a separate bin for use as a counter (back side) enamel. Place a creased paper on your sifting worksurface, so you can easily dump excess enamel back in the container or a mixed jar.
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  • Thompson Translucent 80-mesh Enamel for Metals - Peppermint Green, Sample (Each) Thompson Translucent 80-mesh Enamel for Metals - Peppermint Green, Sample (Each)

    Thompson Translucent 80-mesh Enamel for Metals - Peppermint Green, Sample (Each)

    Thompson
    $1.60
    Enameling Tips:Enamel is durable, but not totally infallible. Handle finished pieces with care.Do all metal shaping, stamping, punching, etc. before adding enamels.Thoroughly clean your metal before enameling. Penny Brite works great!Before sifting...
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  • Boston Bottle with Dropper - 1 oz., Clear (Each)

    Boston Bottle with Dropper - 1 oz., Clear (Each)

    $1.16
    This replaces the out-of-production #63-110-01-522 cobalt blue Boston bottle with dropper. See Related Products links (below) for similar items and additional jewelry-making supplies that are often used with this item.
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  • Thompson Translucent 80-mesh Enamel for Metals - Aqua Blue, Sample (Each) Thompson Translucent 80-mesh Enamel for Metals - Aqua Blue, Sample (Each)

    Thompson Translucent 80-mesh Enamel for Metals - Aqua Blue, Sample (Each)

    Thompson
    $1.60
    Enameling Tips:Enamel is durable, but not totally infallible. Handle finished pieces with care.Do all metal shaping, stamping, punching, etc. before adding enamels.Thoroughly clean your metal before enameling. Penny Brite works great!Before sifting...
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  • Ultralite Beehive Jewelry Kiln - Studio Pro (Each)

    Ultralite Beehive Jewelry Kiln - Studio Pro (Each)

    $238.00
    Great for firing enamels and Art Clay™ Silver, but not large enough to hold the firing pan required for COPPRclay and BRONZclay.To adjust the temperature, you can move the lid off-center or purchase an in-line controller (purchased separately -...
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  • Thompson Opaque 80-mesh Enamel for Metals - Stump Gray, Sample (Each) Thompson Opaque 80-mesh Enamel for Metals - Stump Gray, Sample (Each)

    Thompson Opaque 80-mesh Enamel for Metals - Stump Gray, Sample (Each)

    Thompson
    $1.60
    Enameling Tips:Enamel is durable, but not totally infallible. Handle finished pieces with care.Do all metal shaping, stamping, punching, etc. before adding enamels.Thoroughly clean your metal before enameling. Penny Brite works great!Before sifting...
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  • Boston Bottle with Sprayer - 1 oz., Clear (Each) Boston Bottle with Sprayer - 1 oz., Clear (Each)

    Boston Bottle with Sprayer - 1 oz., Clear (Each)

    $1.16
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  • Thompson Opaque 80-mesh Enamel for Metals - Chamois Brown, 2-oz. (Each) Thompson Opaque 80-mesh Enamel for Metals - Chamois Brown, 2-oz. (Each)

    Thompson Opaque 80-mesh Enamel for Metals - Chamois Brown, 2-oz. (Each)

    Thompson
    $7.40
    Enameling Tips:Enamel is durable, but not totally infallible. Handle finished pieces with care.Do all metal shaping, stamping, punching, etc. before adding enamels.Thoroughly clean your metal before enameling. Penny Brite works great!Before sifting...
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  • Thompson Opaque 80-mesh Enamel for Metals - Clover Pink, 2-oz. (Each) Thompson Opaque 80-mesh Enamel for Metals - Clover Pink, 2-oz. (Each)

    Thompson Opaque 80-mesh Enamel for Metals - Clover Pink, 2-oz. (Each)

    Thompson
    $13.88
    Enameling Tips:Enamel is durable, but not totally infallible. Handle finished pieces with care.Do all metal shaping, stamping, punching, etc. before adding enamels.Thoroughly clean your metal before enameling. Penny Brite works great!Before sifting...
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  • Thompson Translucent 80-mesh Enamel for Metals - Dark Lavender, 2-oz. (Each) Thompson Translucent 80-mesh Enamel for Metals - Dark Lavender, 2-oz. (Each)

    Thompson Translucent 80-mesh Enamel for Metals - Dark Lavender, 2-oz. (Each)

    Thompson
    $13.88
    Enameling Tips:Enamel is durable, but not totally infallible. Handle finished pieces with care.Do all metal shaping, stamping, punching, etc. before adding enamels.Thoroughly clean your metal before enameling. Penny Brite works great!Before sifting...
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  • Thompson Translucent 80-mesh Enamel for Metals - Spring Green, 2-oz. (Each) Thompson Translucent 80-mesh Enamel for Metals - Spring Green, 2-oz. (Each)

    Thompson Translucent 80-mesh Enamel for Metals - Spring Green, 2-oz. (Each)

    Thompson
    $7.40
    Enameling Tips:Enamel is durable, but not totally infallible. Handle finished pieces with care.Do all metal shaping, stamping, punching, etc. before adding enamels.Thoroughly clean your metal before enameling. Penny Brite works great!Before sifting...
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  • Torching Basket Set for Enameling by Eugenia Chan (set)

    Torching Basket Set for Enameling by Eugenia Chan (set)

    EURO TOOL
    $42.46
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  • Alundum Stone, 150-grit (Each)

    Alundum Stone, 150-grit (Each)

    $27.50
    Eye protection and a fine-particulate mask are recommended when working with enamels. Keep food and drink away from your workspace. Keep all your leftover / spilled enamel powder and use it as a counter enamel for locations where the color is unimportant...
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  • Alundum Stone, 240-grit (Each)

    Alundum Stone, 240-grit (Each)

    $26.50
    Eye protection and a fine-particulate mask are recommended when working with enamels. Keep food and drink away from your workspace. Keep all your leftover / spilled enamel powder and use it as a counter enamel for locations where the color is unimportant...
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  • Design Stencils for Enameling by Eugenia Chan, Echoes Set (pack)

    Design Stencils for Enameling by Eugenia Chan, Echoes Set (pack)

    EURO TOOL
    $13.56
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  • Design Stencils for Enameling by Eugenia Chan, Reflections Set (pack)

    Design Stencils for Enameling by Eugenia Chan, Reflections Set (pack)

    EURO TOOL
    $13.56
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  • EURO TOOL Safety Glasses (Each)

    EURO TOOL Safety Glasses (Each)

    EURO TOOL
    $8.08
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  • EuroTool Holder for Disposable Fuel Tanks (Each)

    EuroTool Holder for Disposable Fuel Tanks (Each)

    EURO TOOL
    $9.45
    We tested it with a standard disposable propane tank (the type you get at outdoor and hardware stores, and seasonal displays at some grocery stores) and it works great, but we found it a little awkward for the disposable MAPP gas tank. However, our work...
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  • Foster Fire Bead Release, 4 oz. (Each)

    Foster Fire Bead Release, 4 oz. (Each)

    $11.99
    Mix or shake well before every use. Consistency should be like tomato sauce from a can, or thinner. If it looks rough or patchy, or forms a ridge when dipping, then add water (preferably bottled or distilled) and mix well. Do not store jar over 120F...
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  • Gas Canister Holder (Each) Gas Canister Holder (Each)

    Gas Canister Holder (Each)

    $7.50
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  • Handy Flame Butane Torch (Each)

    Handy Flame Butane Torch (Each)

    EURO TOOL

    $18.49
    Pros & Cons of Handy Flame torch head vs. Micro torches:Larger, bushy flame is great for enameling and annealing. Works up-side-down!Attaches directly to 8oz butane cannisters -- this gives you many hours of work, with no need to stop and refill...
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  • Handy Flame II Propane/MAPP Torch (Each)

    Handy Flame II Propane/MAPP Torch (Each)

    $50.96
    Easily anneal copper, nickel and brass with this torch head, and disposable propane tanks (found in camping supplies and hardware stores, and sometimes in the seasonal section of the grocery store) or disposable MAPP gas tanks..We used this with MAPP gas...
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  • Klyr Fire, Holding Medium (Each) Klyr Fire, Holding Medium (Each)

    Klyr Fire, Holding Medium (Each)

    Thompson
    $8.25
    Eye protection and a fine-particulate mask are recommended when working with enamels. Keep food and drink away from your workspace. Tip: Keep all your leftover / spilled enamel powder and use it as a counter enamel for locations where the color is...
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  • Line Sifter, 1/32", for Enamels (Each)

    Line Sifter, 1/32", for Enamels (Each)

    $18.85
    Eye protection and a fine-particulate mask are recommended when working with enamels. Keep food and drink away from your workspace. Keep all your leftover / spilled enamel powder and use it as a counter enamel for locations where the color is unimportant...
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  • Medical Grade Gloves, Large (100 Pieces)

    Medical Grade Gloves, Large (100 Pieces)

    $14.25
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  • Medical Grade Gloves, Medium (100 Pieces)

    Medical Grade Gloves, Medium (100 Pieces)

    $15.75
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  • Medium 80-Mesh Screen Sifter, for Enamels (Each)

    Medium 80-Mesh Screen Sifter, for Enamels (Each)

    $7.50
    To sift evenly, hold near the back of the handle (not up close to the basket) and scrape your finger or fingernail along the ridges of the handle. For best results, do not fill more than 1/3 full. See Related Products links (below) for similar items and...
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  • Safety Glasses, Mirrored (Each) Safety Glasses, Mirrored (Each)

    Safety Glasses, Mirrored (Each)

    $3.00
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    $3.00
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  • Saw Tooth Trivet (Each)

    Saw Tooth Trivet (Each)

    $12.50
    Eye protection and a fine-particulate mask are recommended when working with enamels. Keep food and drink away from your workspace. Keep all your leftover / spilled enamel powder and use it as a counter enamel for locations where the color is unimportant...
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  • Small Screen Sifter for 80-Mesh Enamels (Each)

    Small Screen Sifter for 80-Mesh Enamels (Each)

    $6.50
    To sift evenly, hold near the back of the handle (not up close to the basket) and scrape your finger or fingernail along the ridges of the handle. For best results, do not fill more than 1/3 full. See Related Products links (below) for similar items and...
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    $6.50
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  • Stainless Steel 1/8" Bead Mandrel (Each)

    Stainless Steel 1/8" Bead Mandrel (Each)

    $2.03
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