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Liquid enamel is something new to me. I started using it after doing the Minakari research, since all the books said that the base white coat of enamel was dipped, not sifted. I tried BC-1070 White first – and though it had some very interesting organic textures – it took at least three coats to get a nice smooth surface. Then I tried 533 White – and it was perfect. If I got the right consistency (just a matter of practice) I could dip once and get a perfect smooth clean white coat. But I was also intrigued with some of the organic crackling that happened with the 1070, so I decided to try some other colours. It’s really a lot of fun to experiment – different thicknesses, different liquidity and different temperatures all give different result.
All of these samples were a fairly thin coat fired about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes at around 1400F. The Goldenrod was my favourite. When it came out of the kiln with the metal glowing red through the cracks it was spectacular!
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These are the same colours with a second coat. These were fired for 2 minutes at 1450F. As you can see the colours are more developed, but some are still resisting the typical smooth finish of enamel.