Creating a Sgraffito Design with Dry Sifted EnamelD92D
Sgraffito (skrah-fee-toh) is an Italian word that relates to the technique of scratching through the top surface to see the surface below. This technique provides a great way to create patterns and unique effects on an enameled surface.
: : : Materials : : :
- Vitrearc and Thompson opaque enameling starter set
- Vitrearc and Thompson transparent enameling starter set
- Cleaner, Penny Brite
- Fire block
- Torch, Max Flame, steel / plastic / aluminum, black, 6x5 inches
- Kiln gloves, leather / foam / cotton
- Tweezers, steel, 6-1/2x1 inches with fiber grip
- Safety glasses
Bowl of cold water
Glossy paper or copy paper for sifting enamels over
50/50 ammonia to water solution when working with fine silver
|Prepare your metal with a counter and top layer of enamel.|
|Place a trivet onto a folded wire mesh rack and set it aside within arm's reach. Fill a sifter about 1/3 full with a color of enamel that contrasts the color of the top layer. While holding your work over a piece of paper, sift a layer of enamel onto the front side.|
|Using a tool with a fine point or a fine-tipped artist's quality paintbrush, "scratch" out a pattern in the dry enamel.
Carefully place the blank onto the trivet. If needed, use a beading awl or toothpick to clean any stray enamel.
If needed, repeat. If needed or you would like, stone the edges with an alundum stone.
: : : Additional Resources : : :
- View enamel design inspirations in the Gallery of Designs
- ''Applying a Counter Enamel and Top Coat of Glass Enamels'' illustrated instructions
- ''Cleaning Glass Enamels'' illustrated instructions
- ''How to Use an Alundum Stone'' illustrated instructions
- ''Creating a Firing Screen'' illustrated instructions
- ''Glass Enameling Studio Safety and Tips'' instructions
- ''Setting up a Safe Kiln Firing Area and Firing Enamels with a Kiln'' illustrated instructions
- ''Setting Up a Safe Torch Firing Area and Firing Enamels with a Butane Filled Torch'' illustrated instructions
- ''Creating and Using a Wet Paper Stencil with Dry Sifted Enamel'' illustrated instructions
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