Enamel Mix Bead Making Kit with Workbook Joe Spencer
Small Size Frit for enamel bead makers
Materials included this kit are as shown.
24 page Workshop book
Informational Enamel Article which was published in the
Glass on Metal Magazine
entitled " Enamel Mixes and Torch Fired Enameling.
The information in this article has been used in Joes workshops for over 15 years.
You’ll also be receiving the following supplies:
1 container of 2 ounces of the Easter Egg Mix 20/40 enamel mix
1 container of 2 ounces of the Orange Mix 20/40 enamel mix
1 container of 2 ounces of the Dark Purple Mix 20/40 enamel mix
1 container of 2 ounces of the Green Mix 20/40 enamel mix
1 container of 2 ounces of the Lav/Blue Mix 20/40 enamel mix
2 containers of- 2 ounces of #1055 White Enamel 80 mesh
Profile - Joseph Spencer
Pioneer of Torch –Fire Enameling since 1970
Enamellist – Instructor – Consultant
Author – Toolmaker – Blender of Enamel mixes
For more data check Spencer’s website
This year 2016 my wife Cheryl Anne wanted to make beads for our customers.
She asked me to cut and clean some beads for her to use. I cut her some small hole 1/2 inch size cylinder beads. Joe and I made many of this size bead, but he liked that size too so we did not have any left to use.
So on Friday December 2nd, Cheryl Anne decides she better start making the beads so she can include a bead in each of the customers orders going out in December. She wanted to get this done right away.
She spent most the day making beads for our customers. She used Joe Spencer's, Original Enamel mix called Christmas, since the beads would be given away during December it seemed the natural choice. She pulled out a small size set from the drawer and went into the studio.
My wife uses one of Joe Spencer's older Original Bead Pulling Station. He made her a special set up to make her beads back in 1999. I think she will wear that thing out in about another 30 years. She likes to roll the bead 3 separate times into the base color, then she uses one coat of the frit and holds it into the flame to watch the color spread out. She kept doing this for hours. Then she finally ran out of gas. For those of you who know my wife, that is the only way to get my wife to stop making beads. She would make them all day, if she could. I’ll go tomorrow and pick up some more gas for her.
She let the beads cool in the bead pulling station. Then the next day, she pulls the beads out. She likes to sand the edges and clean out the hole areas. She feels this extra step just makes the beads look nicer. She could not believe it. She made 57 beads that day. She was quite surprised to find out that she had used only 1/2 of her enamel bead mix !
When we say that a little mix goes along way. Well, its true ! If you think about it for a minute, she made 57 beads and still has 1/2 of her mix left. Which means she could make over 100 beads with that small amount of mix. No wonder our customers love us.
The money spent is worth every penny of the fulfillment and joy of making your own beads.
We hope you enjoy our enamel mixes as much as we do. If you ever have any questions feel free to email us Enamels@PackinghouseGallery.org or call us EST 727-596-7822.
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