Enamel Recipe Tutorial for Crackle Clear 80 Mesh for Kiln or Torch Enameling

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This is a great starting point if you've always wanted to play with crackle enamel but just weren't sure what to do first.

What's a "recipe tutorial"?  

This is a 100 page PDF file that contains recipes (mostly one per page, but two per page when I could get them to fit).  

Please read this entire description before ordering this tutorial as there are no refunds.  if you have a question, please ask before purchasing.

I am not an enamellist.  I am a metalsmith who enjoys adding enamel to her work on occasion.  In this booklet, you will not find any ground-breaking techniques or new ways of doing things.  What I’m sharing with you is a catalog of my experiments with crackle clear (see my other tutorials for white crackle, black crackle, separation enamel, liquid enamel, decals, and more crackle clear... coming soon). 

The enamels I use are lead-free and all available from Thompson Enamel (or their distributors).  In this recipe tutorial, I am not using any liquid form enamels (see my other tutorials for that, coming soon).  I am using Thompson enamels in 80-mesh powder form.  For some of my recipes I use a kiln and for others I use a torch (and sometimes both).  You will see different effects from each, but don’t let the lack of one of those tools stop you; there’s a lot you can do with either.

This booklet may be of interest to those who don’t have the time or the inclination to run dozens of their own experiments with colors and layering.  You may find a “recipe” that appeals to you and can know instantly what colors to use, in what order, and how to fire them to achieve a similar result.

You should have a basic understanding of enameling before using this booklet.  If you don’t, search online or elsewhere for information about basic enameling procedures, tools, and supplies.  I repeat, this is not an instructional booklet showing you how to enamel (I do have a class at Interweave for that).  This is a recipe booklet of color combinations.

Use standard safety practices at all times (a mask while sifting, protective eye-wear while enameling, etc).  If you aren’t familiar with standard workshop safety, please consult a resource on the subject before beginning your experiments.

Your monitor/device may show you slight color variations from the original photos.  Keep that in mind when comparing your results with what you see on your screen.

And along the same lines of comparing, I’d like to say that if you have seen something on the internet and think how cool it would be to replicate that, take your attempts with a grain of salt.  Don’t try to be exactly like someone else.  Embrace the idea of experimenting with techniques to achieve a look that is *YOU*.  There can be frustration in trying to duplicate exactly someone else’s look, particularly if you don’t know any of the details of how they achieved that look.

I have made this booklet to be viewed on devices (phones, tablets, laptops, etc).  This is not a suitable PDF for printing as I use large images and often have one recipe per page. It would take a lot of paper, time, and ink to print this.

I hope these recipes encourage some of your own experimenting while giving you a good foundation and head start. 

Make sure to read the FAQ section thoroughly.  At the end of that section is information about joining the Facebook group for my enamel workshops and tutorials.

Once you make your purchase, you will receive two emails from my website.  The first is acknowledgement of your purchase, the second is instructions (login info and password) for accessing the area where you can download the file (up to five times).  Downloading a file means putting it on your device (desktop, laptop, tablet, etc).  You do not go to that link in my website and download the file every time you want to read it.  Once the file has been downloaded, it is on YOUR device and you need to figure out where on your device it ws downloaded (sometimes a customer needs to seek the advice of someone with them in order to understand where their downloads are).  Some customers are under the mistaken impression that since my website allows five downloads of this file, that means they can only open and view the file five times.  Completely untrue.  Downloading the file is something very different from opening and viewing the file.  Please seek assistance with this if it's not clear to you.

If you have any trouble downloading the PDF, send me an email.

Happy enameling!


Reviewed by Amy Johnson on Feb 19, 2019
Laura!s recipe book on crackle is very well done! She helps the enamelist become successful in this technique. She offers many recipes using crackle that have different outcomes. This booklet is a great reference. I commend Laura for the time she put into this booklet so others could find success and grow!

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