Creating a Sgraffito Design with Dry Sifted Enamel
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.
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- Vitrearc and Thompson opaque enameling starter set
- Vitrearc and Thompson transparent enameling starter set
- Paragon kiln, model SC-2, 1400W-120V
- Cleaner, Penny Brite
- Fire block
- Torch, Max Flame, steel / plastic / aluminum, black, 6x5 inches
- Safety glasses, plastic, for use while firing with kiln and torches
- Kiln gloves, leather / foam / cotton
- Tweezers, steel, 6-1/2x1 inches with fiber grip
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.
Fire the piece in a kiln or with a torch. Allow the piece to cool to room temperature before touching it.
Fold the paper to form a funnel-like spout then pour the excess enamels back into the container.
If needed, repeat. If needed or you would like, stone the edges with an alundum stone.
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