Here’s part two of my enamel problem saga. Read part 1 if you need to catch up. I started reading Linda Darty’s book. Thompson’s emailed back with a cryptic response – “Too much enamel, no counter enamel.” Various Google searches on enamel problems also alluded to this thing called counter enamel, that is after I sorted through the tooth enamel problem search results.
So, I tried to read what I could about counter enamel. It is enamel applied to the underside of a piece. And I didn’t feel like I’d found any one place that explained the whole story on counter enamel. There were snippets that I tried to piece together in my mind. But I had these questions:
- If I had problems getting enamel to stick to one side of the problem pieces, how in the world would I get it to stick to two?
- Did I torch fire it all at once? If so, what kept the enamel from falling off the bottom side?
- If I did it one side at a time, what kept the enamel from sticking to the screen I was using for firing?
I bravely pushed forward, realizing I couldn’t use the screen for the second firing, I needed a metal trivet.
I got one. I fired plain enamel on the back of the little flower pieces, pickled them, brass brushed them. I then fired the flower design on the front using the trivet and holding the torch underneath the pieces.
The result, burnt bottoms.
This is when you sigh, or say s@#!, or get a drink. And then delve back into the books, and Google some more, and keep at it.
It does get better – stay tuned.
2/15/11 update – here’s the link to some enamel solutions.