Supplements

This chapter describes an extensive list of various Supplements and Add-Ons, including such weirdo material as cat hair. The information on this page provides either more information on ones in the book, or new materials that can be added to your enemaels.

   

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Button Wafers

These are larger versions of the Floral Wafesr, both sold at e-namel.com and made by Tim Ellis. They look strange as they are a puddle of glass with a stem in the middle - you fire them with the flat side down about 1 min 10 sec at 1450°F and voilá - you get a flower. Here is what I did with one:

button wafer use

 

Dichroic Extract Powder by CBS

This product is mentioned in the book. It is a high quality coating that will give your enamels the look of dichroic glass. Here is a video on how to apply Dichroic Extract to glass. Of course this will have to be adjusted for working on enamel, but I don't think the change would be too difficult. For example:The video states that to brush on this powder, it's best for the glass to have a texture to it. She shows what to do for glass, but for enamel, try this adjustment: sugar coat using clear enamel. In fact, my guess is that Thompson luster powders can also be applied this way. But experimentation is needed - just something else to try!

Dichroic Glass Frit Flakes Dichroic Glass Frit Flakes

These are small pieces of Dichroic Glass that either come in clear or with a black backing. In general, I suggest the clear because if using the black backed pieces and they flip over, you will not see the color. Note that these are not the normal frit - these flakes are smaller. Embed them as with other small/flat Add-Ons as described in the book.

As you can see, these are 96COE and manufactured by CBS. But they are available at many glass fusing suppliers.

Here is a piece I made using these flaks.

Dichroic Frit Flakes

Gglitter enamel uselitter Enamel by Cheryl Anne Day-Swallow

Here's a new product to consider when you like a little bling in your enamels. These glitter enamels come in 3 colors (silver, gold and bronze) and 3 sizes (small, medium and large) and are compatable with all Thompson Enamels unleaded enamels. Developed for torch firing, they can be used in a kiln, of course, but cannot be used with a sifter. A sealer coat is also required and this mixture can be sifted. Check out Glitter Enamel and watch a video on using it. See the background of the peacock to the right for a sample.

 

Fine Line Pens

Cat earrings by Lydia MorrisonVarious types of pens can be used to draw fine lines with liquids such as Underglaze or Overglaze or the "ink" that Lydia Morrison describes in the book on page 34, made out of BWC cake watercolor enamels. Typically the crow quill pen is used. But Lydia has found two other pens she prefers. One is the Ruling pen (originally used by draftsmen) which she feels holds more liquid than the crow quill. See the cat earrings that she loaded her black "ink" only once to do all that drawing. Watch a video on use of the Ruling Pen, which can be adjusted for line width. One place to get it is here.

Ruling pen

Another pen, that also would hold more "ink" for enameling, is the Kemper Gold Pen:

Kemper Gold Pen

Sandenameling by John H. Killmaster III

The book discusses John's use of sand, but he is taking it to a new level... sculpting with sand and enamel and calling it Sandenameling!

Sandenameling Killmaster