Bead Frit, Glass Frit, Enamel Frit, Enamel Glass Bead Frit Mix
for Copper, Gold, Silver and PMC artists using torch fired or kiln fired processes to make beads and components for art works.
1. jar of frit 2 ounce size NO base, simply the colored frit (large size container of frit)
comes in 3 sizes, use drop down menu to pick your favorite size.
Small, Medium and Large.
All of our mixes are sized and shifted by hand. We use only Thompson Enamels from America to make our mixes. Each color mix has at least 3 colors but up to 5 colors in each mix. All the hard guess work has been taken out of it for you. Our mixes are easy and fun to use. You get perfect results every time.
You use what ever color base color you like, remember base coats should be 80 mesh in size.
Two-four coats work nicely for beads.
Then simply roll your bead into the frit and let the magic begin.
Keep in mind that when you fire the enamel mixes they bloom into their full color.
Our frits are not limited in bead making. Folks use them in the kiln to make jewelry components and sculpture work.
However if you have a torch, Do you have a torch and want to try something fun to get out of the normal work mode your in?
Have you made beads and wanted to try a color, but do not want to spend a whole lot of money doing so?
Then mixed blends are just what you have been looking for. This is a great way to see what colors you like the best. Sample sets are great for those of you who like to have every color there is, before buying larger quantities. Sample sets are also helpful to the artist that like to make one of a kind beads without having waste. Great item for gift giving.
The beads do not come with your order.
The beads are there to show you the color combination results.
We can make beads for you if you desire using this color or any of other color of your choice.
To have custom beads made for you, please email us for details and pricing.
Questions customers ask.
What size enamel mixes/ or frits are best for my needs?
Our small size frits are used for copper shapes, PMC pieces and small beads made in the kiln or torch fired.
Our medium size frits are used for medium size shapes, PMC pieces and medium beads made in the kiln or torch fired.
Our large size frits are used for large size shapes, PMC pieces and large beads and outdoor sculpture work made in the kiln or torch fired.
Why do the 2016 new colors cost more.?
Well for over 40 years Joe purchased enamels with Thompson Enamel. He had a lot of stock of his original colors on hand that he could sell, at the prices he purchased from years ago.
When we started testing for new color mixtures, unfortunately we had to purchase enamels at the higher prices. We needed enamel to make the mixes and we needed to purchase enamels from Thompson at the new prices. Which as you can imagine, prices from several years ago, were cheaper than they are now. This is just the way it is. We can't control that part of things. Sorry.
Will your enamel mixes work with 90 96 or 104 Coe glass? No
Why is glass frit for bead makers cheaper than enamel glass frit?
Enamel glass frit is made special to work with copper, silver, gold and PMC and metal clays.
The cost to produce the enamel is more. Add to that bead making frit for 90-96-104 is sized.
Thompson enamels come in 6/40 size. We hand shift each color, several times before we even start to make our mixes. A lot of love and labor there. But its so worth it. Remember, the enamel colors spread with heat, so little bit goes a long way.
How the blends/mixes are used. Joes Torch Fire Technique.
This is a short over all description of how this product is used to make copper enamel beads.
If you need lessons please contact us by email Enamels [!at] PackinghouseGallery.org
Take your base coat and place 1/2 of the jar contents on your work surface.
Take your color mix and place 1/2 of the jar contents on your work surface.
Try to be careful not to mix the two piles on your work surface.
* we use the line tool that Joe makes to keep the piles neat and separated.
Using your mandrel, carefully heat your copper bead and then roll the copper bead into the base coat pile to cover your bead, fire. Repeat this process 2 - 3 times until you have completely covered your bead. The base coat is always used first.
Heat the bead again and very carefully roll your bead into the color mix, and fire.
Cool your bead in cooling tray. As your beads cool down, you will see color change, this usually takes a couple of minutes. This is normal.
* we use Joes Bead Pulling Station when creating beads. It just makes life more fun and simple
Common Sense and good safety practices will go along way. We can not be responsible for your safety. Always use proper equipment and safety gear when using any torch firing equipment.
Please note: We do everything we can to try and produce photographs that show the true color as they appear in our studio. However your computer monitor and our monitor may not be the same.
If you have questions about this product you can email us or call us 727-596-7822
Eastern Standard Time Zone.