Jan's Jewelry Supplies
Iced Enamels® are a unique enameling system for permanently adhering color to metal or even glass. They are very easy to use and have a wide range of applications.
You will need:
A glass stone or metal finding to enamel
Liquid medium (enamel paint [we like the Testors brand], embossing medium, or rubbing alcohol will work!)
Iced Enamels® in the color(s) of your choice
Heat source (butane torch, craft/embossing heat gun, or an oven heated to 300°F)
Ceramic tile or plate
1) Start by coating your stone or finding with a thin coat of liquid medium. Place on scrap paper.
2) Cover the piece completely with the Iced Enamels® powder. Shake of excess and place in the center of the ceramic tile.
*Note: To protect the tile or plate from stray bits of enamel, you can place the stone or finding on a layer of foil on top of the tile/plate.
3) Fire up your heat source! The hotter the heat source, the quicker the reaction will be. HOWEVER, the longer the piece is exposed to high heat, the more quickly the color will start to fade away. Using a butane torch will work the fastest, but can easily start to fade the color after just a few seconds. A heat gun will work just a bit more slowly, but will better protect the richness of the color. Baking the stones in a 300°F oven for about 10 minutes is the slowest, but will result in the most vibrant color.
As you can see in the third picture, the enamel has melted but the color is beginning to fade. If this happens and you want to punch it back up to a bolder hue, just sprinkle a bit more of the powder on top while the piece is still hot.
4) Once the piece is cool, use however you like! (We recommend coating with a thin coat of clear enamel, acrylic, or resin to protect the Iced Enamels® from wearing off.)