Enamelling is a jewellery making technique used to add both colour and texture to precious metal pieces. For professional results, the right enamelling equipment is essential. From kilns and enamelling colours through to enamelling sifters and paintbrushes, we’ll guide you through the essential enamel tools and enamelling equipment you need to get started.
Essential enamel tools
Used for sifting enamels onto your designs and ensuring an even coverage, enamel sifters come in a range of sizes to cover small or large surfaces.
Gum solutions can be applied to the surface of the metal to form an adhesive for the enamel powders to stick to, and is particularly useful when enamelling on curved or domed surfaces. It can also be used as an adhesive on wires used in Cloisonné enamelling.
Used to add decorative patterns and designs to enamels during the fusing process. The right angled point at the end of the scrolling tool enables movement through the molten enamel to create marble effects, swirling patterns and much more.
Used to fuse the enamel powders to the metal. A kiln is preferable when enamelling complex or larger designs as these provide more stable hot temperatures needed to ensure the fusing process goes smoothly.
Firing stilts are used to support pieces whilst being fired in the kiln. This enamelling equipment is needed to provide a raised surface that allows heat to circulate around the piece and ensure an even fire.
Other enamelling items you will need:
- Hand torch
- Protective heat boards
- Firing mesh
- Kiln tongs
- Pestle and Mortar
- Good quality paintbrushes
- Palette knife
- Small pots
- Glass brush
- Wet and dry paper
- Abrasives, like wet and dry paper, Diagrit and pumice
Setting up your enamelling equipment and workspace
Kilns and enamel are safe to use in the workshop or at home, providing health and safety procedures are followed – and make sure your enamel tools are kept away from distractions like children and pets. For a productive and safe environment, set your enamelling tools up in a clean and tidy work area – such as a table or work bench with suitable heat protective surfaces – as well as good ventilation and protective enamelling equipment.
You will find all the torch-fired enamel supplies you need in Cooksongold’s extensive range of enamelling supplies. In our collection, you will discover all of the enamelling equipment you need to create bespoke jewellery, including enamelling machines and the best torch for enamelling. For an extra helping hand, why not browse our selection of enamelling books?