Enamel Frit Blends
Torch Fired Copper Enamel Bead Mixes/Blends.
3 Small Jar Sample Set Combination
Color: Christmas Cheer
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.
Size: ( FINE) which is the small size frit mixes that Joe has used for years in his workshops.
This playful Enamel Frit Blend was created by Jim's wife Cheryl Anne in July of 2015
You will receive 1 small jar: Base Coat Color
You will receive 1 small jar: Mixed blend color
You will receive 1 small jar: 10 Hand cut copper cylinder beads
Photo shown is what you will receive and how it is packaged. (3 parts/in 3 separate small jars)
Jars are 1 1/2 inches across and 3/4 inch tall, see through plastic.
The bead sample does not come with your order.
The bead is 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.
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@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.
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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