Grains of Glass

An open studio for enamel artists worldwide

Grains of Glass Open Studio brings together Enamel Artists worldwide of every level to share their art and knowledge all under one roof.


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Leszek Adrian replied to Leszek Adrian's discussion The first meeting with transparent enamel. Test.
"Hi Edmund.So the film required the water and I sprinkle topikiem MiltonB 8100.:-( I will not use copper wire to the silver. I see that you are using enamel Thompson. Are better than Schauer? Is it possible to buy in Europe (Poland)? Thank you for…"
25 minutes ago
Zan Smith replied to Zan Smith's discussion ASTM B-170 Copper
"Thanks again for the technical assistance Edmund. If it is good enough for you then it is definitely good enough for me."
6 hours ago
Wendy Meister joined Trish White's group


A forum for questions you have on enameling issues. See More
14 hours ago
Lanni Sidoti posted photos
15 hours ago
Lynne Glazzard posted a photo

Pendant 2015

Enamel on copper set in sterling silver, oxidised
15 hours ago
Edmund J. Massow replied to Zan Smith's discussion ASTM B-170 Copper
"Hallo Zan,Electrolytic Copper is normally nearly always  oxygen free. You must not buy it by the ASTM-Standard. The ASTM B 170 is especially for cable-maker from interest and really more expensive as normal Electrolytic copper. I use since…"
16 hours ago
Edmund J. Massow replied to Leszek Adrian's discussion The first meeting with transparent enamel. Test.
"Pic left: Clockwise direction. 1) Put a sheet of foil between 2 layers of Paper 2) Fold the paper so, that the foil lay smooth between the folded Paper 3) Scrunch the 3 layer sandwich into a ball 4)Open the ball careful and flatten the foil 5) Foil…"
17 hours ago
Lynne Glazzard's photo was featured
17 hours ago
Edmund J. Massow replied to Leszek Adrian's discussion The first meeting with transparent enamel. Test.
"Dear Adrian, Schauer son't call the flux for silver not Silver flux, but it is the bluish flux 2A. Edmund"
18 hours ago
Monique G Perry's photo was featured


Transparent Enamels on Copper, 24kt. gold foil, fine silver setting, Black Drusy, leather cord
18 hours ago
James Carter's photo was featured

James Carter Signature Bracelet

Bracelet. Forged and fabricated. Shake it and you hear the pearls inside. Another example of one of the techniques I teach at my school.
18 hours ago
Mziso Mtskhvetadze-Jgenti's photo was featured
18 hours ago
Denise InDaytona is now a member of Grains of Glass
18 hours ago
Trish White posted a blog post


GRACE DOBUSH 02.19.15 1:00 ABOUTGrace Dobush is a freelance journalist in Cincinnati, where she writes about design, tech, politics and culture. She also organizes an indie craft show and wrote the Crafty Superstar craft business guides. Follow her @gracedobushtogo. HOW ETSY ALIENATED ITS CRAFTERS AND LOST ITS SOUL…See More
19 hours ago
Wendy Meister posted an album


miscellaneous pieces
Wendy Meister posted photos


We can now translate your questions in:


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The first meeting with transparent enamel. Test. 7 Replies

Wykonanie pierwszych testerów emalii Schauer.Wycięcie kółek z miedzi 0,5 mm o średnicy 25 mm.Trawienie w kwasie cytrynowym.Mycie szorowanie w sodzie i suszenie na piecu.Nałożenie podkładów z flux.Położenie kawałków folii srebra i emali…Continue

Started by Leszek Adrian. Last reply by Leszek Adrian 25 minutes ago.

ASTM B-170 Copper 2 Replies

I just recently purchased some enamels from Thompsons and decided to get some sheet copper stock from them as well. Their copper is specified ASTM B-170 oxygen free. I mainly work with 16 oz soft copper and have an ample supply of that material. I…Continue

Started by Zan Smith. Last reply by Zan Smith 6 hours ago.

How well do enamels hold up outdoors? 5 Replies

I am a metal sculptor and want to incorporate some enamel accent pieces into my work. I would be primarily useing domed copper sheet in the 2" to 6" diameter range. I am currently experimenting with 24 guage sheet that I torch fire the enamel on.…Continue

Started by Zan Smith. Last reply by Zan Smith on Sunday.

Anyone teaching in Houston, Texas? 3 Replies

Am feeling a bit stale lately; would love to connect with other Houston-area enamelists for workshops or even just a friendly play day.Continue

Started by Rikki Mitman. Last reply by Candy Smith Feb 24.

Recommended Brushes for Wet Packing 11 Replies

I've just started to experiment with wet packing, and I'm having difficulty with getting a smooth layer for firing -- lots of hills and valleys!    I've tried adding more water to spread it around, and while that helps the coating of enamel is still…Continue

Started by Pam Haidenger-Bains. Last reply by Jackie Spencer Feb 18.

Can you solder over eutectic solder? 3 Replies

I am wanting to make some copper bangles but prefer a seamless bangle as opposed to a riveted bangle.  Somewhere I heard that you can enamel over eutectic solder.  Is this true?  Will eutectic solder hold up and accept a coat of enamel over it?  Any…Continue

Started by Delia Stone. Last reply by Candy Smith Feb 16.

Transferring a photo onto an enameled surface 8 Replies

Can anyone explain the technique to transfer an image from a photo onto enamel? Thanks

Started by Lucia Tremont. Last reply by Lucia Tremont Feb 12.

Creative use of Millefiori 3 Replies

Trish asked me to write a tutorial on how to use Millefiori creatively. You can…Continue

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Started by Edmund J. Massow. Last reply by Leszek Adrian Feb 11.

My First Attempt on a Clock, Would Love Feedback, Critism is Greatly Appreciated 5 Replies

Still have yet to mount the hands on the clock, but this was my final product, lots of learning curves with this one. So i am hoping the next one should be smooth sailing in theory.Continue

Started by Shawn D. Grezaffi. Last reply by Leszek Adrian Feb 7.

Does it work? 3 Replies

Hello everyone,I want to ask if some of you have tried and succeeded to gold plate or silver plate, different metal pieces, with silver or gold liquid solutions. I found on internet some liquid solutions, from different suppliers, and I am wondering…Continue

Started by Alexandru I BEREKMERI. Last reply by Gabor Forgo Feb 6.


"Art is not what you see but what you make others see" Edgar Degas


These featured selections of Enamel Art are from our Members.


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Enamel classes!

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Ewa Buksa

Posted by Edmund J. Massow on February 1, 2015 at 6:57am — 1 Comment

Anne Havel Workshops 2015-Lineup

Posted by Trish White on January 30, 2015 at 5:38pm

Worcester Center for Crafts - Massachusettes

Posted by Trish White on January 29, 2015 at 9:11am

Article in Glass on Metal, by Gabor Forgo

Posted by Edmund J. Massow on January 18, 2015 at 11:37am — 5 Comments

ON THE TRIVET.... insights and information


Save Money, Keep Warm by Wearing Nanosilver Clothing

Indoor heating accounts for about half of the world’s energy consumption, according to the International Energy Agency, so researchers at Stanford University wondered if wearing clothes with imbedded silver nanowires would allow people to lower their thermostats. These clothes would also keep people comfortable in cold weather outside.

The research team’s testing shows that ‘personal thermal management’ clothing might reduce the need for higher indoor temperature settings while eliminating the need for bulky clothing, like sweaters, traditionally used to keep warm inside. The team notes in their research paper: “The metallic nanowires form a conductive network that not only is highly thermal insulating because it reflects human body infrared radiation but also allows Joule [electrical] heating through electricity to complement the passive insulation. The breathability and durability of the original cloth is not sacrificed because of the nanowires’ porous structure. This nanowire cloth can efficiently warm human bodies and save hundreds of watts per person as compared to traditional indoor heaters.”

Yi Cui, the lead scientist, noted that the cloth is breathable and the bendable silver nanowires allow it to be flexible like regular textiles used for clothing. He says it will cost about US$1 for enough silver to attire an entire person and that coated clothing could save the average person up to US$200 annually on heating costs. The researchers say it could take a few years for the product to be available to the public.


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I can't say enough about the fantastic  "Saw and Solder" tutorial just posted and produced by Master Champlevé artist, Kristin Anderson. 

As many of you know, I studied with Kristin at her Florida studio last year and received the best one on one training any artist could ask for.

I am posting once again the article I wrote about my travels to Florida and the time spent with Kristin in her studio, along with my friend, and Master torch firing guru, Chris Hierholzer. Many new members have joined us, and will now be introduced to an exciting technique of Saw and Solder Champlevé invented by Kristin Anderson.




If you have never tried Alligator sausage, Conch Cakes, and Saw and Solder Champlevé in the same week then I suggest you need to take a walk on the wild side.


Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of flying down to Apalachicola, Florida to personally study with Kristin Anderson, the creator of Saw and Solder Champlevé. I was not new to this enamel technique, as I had taken two workshops with Linda Darty several years before. Linda spoke about learning it from an artist from Norway. When Kristin became a Member of Grains of Glass, I made the connection, realizing that I had come full circle. Destiny was beckoning me, and I knew it was time to go the source and improve my skills.


 My partner in crime for this adventure was Chris Hierholzer who along with his wife Melanie met me at the Tallahassee airport. From there, it was a two-hour drive along expansive highways lined with acres of untouched forests, waterways and palm trees.  It was all very beautiful, but what I focused my attention on most,  was the illusive nocturnal Armadillo - I have always been enamored by those four-legged armored tanks and Dead or Alive, I was not going to leave Florida without a photo, or a dried tail from road kill.


Kristin Anderson was one of my first Featured Artists, and you will find her career story in the past Trivet Articles, but as a refresher, she worked in her early days in Oslo, Norway at the David Andersen A/S  Enamel Factory.

 The factory had several two story high drop forge machines that used steel dies to strike designs in sterling silver.  Those huge machines were the heartbeat of the factory.  In the enameling department, the enamellists would receive batches of identical items to be enameled.  Almost all the enamels used were transparent, and were wet packed by hand over low relief designs in the silver to produce shimmering effects.

 Upon returning to the U.S. Kristin had to re-think the whole champlevé process she experienced, due to lack of having any huge drop forge machinery or the ability to make steel dies. Through trial and error, and a whole lot of sawing and soldering experimentation, she finally reached the peak of perfection in the technique of creating Saw and Solder Champlevé.



I would define Saw and Solder Champlevé, as the joining of two different gauges of sterling silver sheet by means of sweat soldering with hard solder - one 22 g. sterling silver sheet is sawed out into a pattern, the other 18 g. Sterling Silver sheet is used as a back plate – the soldered metal design is then refined with more outside sawing, sanding, the addition of a bale or pin back and then enameled.


Kristin’s studio is enormous and along with an adjacent barn for boat building is surrounded by acres of woods and the Apalachicola Bay. She is an avid sailor and a classic wooden boat enthusiast. We knew we couldn’t start our work until we saw everything including her boat and dock. She handed us hats with mosquito netting that covered us from head to toe, warned us of wandering alligators, and set out along a path bordered on both sides by dense marsh, mosquitos and rattling palm trees. Chris hummed a long, Kristin chatted us up about the history of Apalachicola and I remained on high alert for the sudden rush of open jaws coming my way. Dinner that night was the animal I feared the most – Kristin insisted I try  “Alligator sausage on a bun”!



Inside Kristin's enormous studio



Day 2 – Both Chris and I had saved ourselves a lot of time, by arriving to class with several designs sawed out – Our egos lead us to believe that in 3 days time, we would be Champlevé aficionados going home with everything finished.  But by the time the day was out, Kristin’s keen eye for perfection had sent us back to our seats more times than we cared to count. She takes no prisoners.


Learning where to apply the solder



 In between our groaning, she demonstrated the art of texturing with burs followed by her particulars on sweat soldering. These are the next two steps in the process of Saw and Solder techniques. The texturing of the back plate, brings out the depth and richness of the enamels and offers a more dimensional look to the design. I was amazed at how much the design came alive.


Kristin demonstrating how to use a bur



My Pansy after texturing with a bur 


Lunch was on the water in a great seafood restaurant who’s Chef served up the best Fried Conch cakes with Mango dressing.




I was savoring the experience until Kristin’s grilled shrimp arrived at the table.




This is where the North and South have come to the great divide.

We Northerners eat shrimp the civilized way or so we like to think–

 No eyes, no heads, no body parts other then a cute little tail at the end all curled up with a lovely fresh orange color.  In other words, we lose ¾ of the shrimp. What was set down on a platter before me, were Sea Monsters- they had long bodies, fins, with eyes popping a ¼ inch from their heads.  Chris and Kristin just dove right in! Who knew?



Day 3 – Back to the texturing burs, and soldering – with Chris running circles around me with his huge amount of skill in torch firing and texturing.  Once I caught up, Kristin gave us a lesson in her use of Nitric Acid to remove firescale  from the sterling silver before enameling. I strongly suggest a hazmat suit and good ventilation. This process is not for the “living Green” earthlings.

Chris breaks out of  the starting gate with soldering!

Nitric Acid must be covered as the fumes are extremely toxic, and a fan and exhaust should be right over the sink and away from your face. Once you dip and swirl your piece in the Nitric Acid, you want to immediately put it in a dish of water with the faucet running over it. This dilutes the Acid immediately and stops the acid from eating into your metal. Once that is accomplished, you want to dry the metal, which will have a frosted cast. It is now ready to enamel.


Lunch  & Dinner – were more Southern delights – Conch cakes, sea monster shrimp and fried crab claws with hush puppies.


Day 4 – The last day – Enameling, grinding, and polishing – 


Kristin demonstrating how to use a spatula with her Iris


Chris's Zinnia



Kristin uses a spatula to apply her enamels and a cloth to absorb the water. A totally different technique for Chris and I, and one that I will certainly continue to follow –I found the spatula technique was a smoother approach to picking up the enamel as opposed to a brush–and what was most surprising is that Kristin could get into the smallest spaces which only a brush could go. I was very afraid to press the cloth onto my wet enamels for fear that all that good work would lift up, but it did not – and Kristin also showed us how to tap the sides of the metal to smooth out the wet enamel and once the water was drawn out, we used the spatula to lightly press down the enamel.


We learned so much in those 3 working days that we both did not have enough time to write as many notes as we would have liked, but thanks to Chris and his over 200 photos, I think we have it all documented.



Did I see an Armadillo?

No, but when I reached the airport, there was one waiting for me at a gift shop by a well-known Mexican artist who carves and hand paints his own-

and now you know the rest of the story.................



Many thanks to Kristin for her "brain dump"

If you would like to contact Kristin for classes go to:



Halstead is one of North America’s leading distributors of jewelry supplies. This year marks the 42nd anniversary of the company and the 10th annual grant award. Halstead specializes in wholesale findings, chain, tools and metals for jewelry artists

It is that time of year again! Halstead is calling for entries to the annual Halstead Grant, which will be awarded this summer. New jewelry artists working primarily in silver are invited to apply. The winner will receive $5,000 in cash for their business start-up, $1,000 in jewelry supplies, and recognition in the industry. Applications are due June 9, 2015.

Eligible jewelers should have launched their businesses within the last one to three years. All design techniques are welcome including metalsmithing fabrication, casting, metal clay, wire work, or beading. The competition is open to US citizens with studios in the country.

Complete application details can be found on The Halstead Grant website. Candidates are required to submit a design portfolio, resume, and answers to several business planning questions.


Gabor Forgo


John Michael KOHLER ARTS CENTER - Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Good morning,

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is now accepting applications for 2016 residencies in its world-renowned Arts/Industry program. Hundreds of emerging and established visual artists have benefited from residencies in studios on the Kohler Co. factory floor since the program’s inception in 1974. 

Attached is a press release with details about the program and how to apply. 

Please help us share this information with artists working in all media, as this program accepts applications from all disciplines. You can find out more about Arts/Industry at

Let me know if you have any questions or need more info.

Best regards,



Patricia DuChene

Media Relations Coordinator

608 New York Ave

Sheboygan, WI 53081


920.694.4525 (direct)

920.458.6144 (main)
















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- Check the WORKSHOP tab for links to the schedules of more artist workshops in your area….



January 11- 16


   18th Annual
  Winter Workshop
       January 11 - 16, 2015
Linda Darty - Cloisonne Enamel
Joanne Hernandez - Hydraulic Press
Jeanie Pratt - Woven Metal
Lisa Slovis Mandel - Pewter Fabrication
Paulette Werger - Line + Link
Winter Workshop Team:
Sid Sharples    Chris Carlson    Terry England
Florida Society of Goldsmiths Northeast Chapter




Jan. 9-11 - Goggleworks, Reading Pa

Jan. 16-18 - LittletonStudio School, New Hampshire

April 18 – 19, 2015, Callenwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta, GA. Some Like it Hot: Torch-fired Enamels.

May 29 – 31, 2015, Pullen Art Center, Raleigh, NC. Some Like it Hot: Torch-fired Enamels.

June 1 - 6, 2015, Tennessee Tech/Appalachian Center for Craft, Cookeville, TN. Enamel & Setting as Equal Partners.

June 18 – 20, 2015, The Grass Roots Gallery, Rochester, NY. Enamel & Setting as Equal Partners.

July 26 – 31, 2015, John Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC. In the Line of Fire: Torch-fired Enameling.

August 15 & 16, 2015, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA. Some Like it Hot: Torch-fired Enamels.

August 21 – 23, 2015, Littleton Studio School, Littleton, NH. Enamel & Setting as Equal Partners.  (full)



March 21-22 

Granulation on Enamel

Metalwerx, Waltham, Ma



MAY  28-31 Mendocino Art Center

Mendocino, CA



Jan. 17-18

Thompson Enamel, Bellevue, KY



APRIL 13-17  

Creative Side Jewelry Academy, Austin, Texas



May 9-10

Snow Farm, Williamsburg, MA



June 22-28


Jean Tudor

Raku-fired enamels

June 22nd-28th, 2015

The Grunewald Guild, Leavenworth, WA

For more information:

Grunewald Guild, Leavenworth, WA



FEB. 2-6





March 21, 22,23, 2015

Cloisonné Workshops






A Quest for the Best

The 33rd Annual Smithsonian Craft Show 2015
April 22, 2015 to April 26, 2015
National Building Museum, 401 F St., NW, Washington DC

TIME OUT......

Places to go-People to see!





SNAG Conference Boston - May 20-23, 2015 
Powder Coat Necklace
Michael Dale Bernard

The Society of North American Goldsmiths is hosting their 44th annual conference right here in Boston.  This event presents an exciting selection of speakers, exhibitions, and demonstrations over 4 days.  In conjunction with the conference, Metalwerx will host an Open House as part of the SNAG "Gallery Hop" on the afternoon of May 23rd, and scheduled three workshops:
May 16 & 17 - Weaving with Wire with Munya Avigail Upin
May 18 & 19 - Powder Coating with Michael Dale Bernard
May 24 & 25 - Gold Damascene on Titanium and Steel with Brian Meek Opportunities



Pasadena Bead and Design Show Brochure

View and print the new brochure in color (PDF 14MB) or in black & white (PDF 6.4MB).

Pasadena Bead & Design Show begins 10am Thursday, January 15th, and goes through Sunday the 18th.

Details on workshops here and exhibitors here.

300 booths, galleries, merchant displays showcasing beads, jewelry supplies,  jewelry, gemstones, clothing, textiles, one-of-a-kind works of art, and vintage items.

Fast and easy online attendee registration register online now for expedited entry. | (530) 274-2222

Copyright © 2015 Garan-Beadagio®, LLC. All Rights Reserved.



Watauga Festival Center
426 Watauga Rd.
Franklin, NC
The Newark Museum
49 Washington St.
Newark, NJ
A permanent exhibition of masterworks from the museums's extensive jewelry holdings dating back from the early 1700's to 2011.



Liza Nechamkin -

hand spun copper and fine silver bowls - hand made chasing tools.


 Medium temp/medium expansion

Most colors in stock 10% discount to GOG Members
 if you buy from Jean!

A donation will be made to GOG with every purchase.

Use Etsy code gog10 at checkout

Ships in 24 hrs

Contact: Jean Van Brederode, Thompson distributor

Phone: 717-919-7444




A dvd using a rare and beautifull technique that chris hierholzer has developed using sgrafitto with fine gold foil using a torch to fire instead of a kiln. the enamel is wet packed. it has lots of intructional and easy to read text and limited audio with optional torch set ups at the end.

 Torch firing is a perfect way to fire enamels for those with limited space and can't afford the high cost of a kiln.

click on: Ganoksin

or order through:

 coral shaffer
enamelwork supply co.
1 800 596 3257
1 206 525 9271



Thompson's Vintage

Milton Bridge


Mention Grains of Glass when ordering-


Pam East's Enameling on Silver Clay DVD


Hauser & Miller Inc.

Hauser and MillerBi-metal Sheet and Discs


A layer of 18k gold alloy with a rich yellow color or 22k gold alloy with a bright yellow color is bonded with sterling silver to form two distinct surfaces. The 18k gold layer is similar to that of most gold-filled products, while the 22k is two to three times thicker than gold-filled, giving it more workability. Surface treatments, such as engraving, scraping, folding, and twisting, can be used to accent the two surfaces.


Contact us: Hauser & Miller, 1-800-462-7447,


A Safe Way to Pickle!




DVD by Jim Lawson

Lapidary Journal


2012 Jewelers Guide to Treated and Created Gems





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