How to Enamel

Enameling on glass can be achieved in several different methods.

Glass enamels come in a powder form, and it is very uncommon to purchase them premixed. Made from ground glass that is mixed with different colored pigments, this powder is applied in a variety of ways before being fired inside a kiln to make them permanent. There are different COE of Enamels available, so be sure it is compatible with your particular type of glass. In general, glass enamels are different from glass powder in that they contain more intense colorants and other ingredients such as fluxes.

They can be used dry and sifted or sprinkled onto glass, but most individuals prefer to mix them with a binder to form a liquid mixture. With a moist mixture, the enamel can then be painted or airbrushed onto the glass. Use an applicator bottle with this liquid mixture and write or draw on glass.

Low fire enamels can thin out or disappear when fired to fusing temperatures on the surface. There are better results when they are capped. Some of the colors take overheating better than others.

Although this powder comes in a multitude of colors, it is fun to experiment and come up with different shades of color. Add some white to lighten dark colors, while some darker colors can help to add some depth to a lighter tone. By experimenting with these colors, you can achieve an entire rainbow of colors in your enamel art work.

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