Enamelling by Andreu Vilasís

Enamelling: The Complicity of Fire and Art

An English translation of Andreu Vilasís magnificent enamelling technique book, scheduled for publication in Spring of 2022.

Fully illustrated, 256 pages, hardcover. Sample pages available below.

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Table of contents

Introduction to this edition 5

Translator’s note: on safety, etc. 8

Translator’s introduction 9

Introduction to the 2008 edition 15

Chapter I
The Enamellists’ Studio 21

The workshop or workplace 21

Chapter II
Enamels: Types and qualities. Organisation. Conditioning for work. 25

1. What is enamel? 25

Flux 26

Transparent enamels 28

Opaque enamels 28

Opalescent enamels 28

The frit 28

2. Types and qualities 29

Flux 29

Transparent enamels 30

Opaque enamels 31

Opalescent enamels 32

3. Other qualities or textures. 33

4. Organisation of the enamels 33

Numbering 34

Organisation by colour 34

5. Conditioning for work 35

Grinding or refining 35

Washing 38

Silt 40

Drying the enamel 40

6. Storage and conservation 42

Chapter III
The enamellist’s tools, products and supplies 45

1. Desktop tools 45

2. Laboratory tools 48

3. Tools for working metals 48

4. Products and aids 50

Acids and corrosives 50

Cleaning products 53

Gums and adhesives 53

Resists & protectives 54

Oils and essences 54

5. The kiln. 55

Maintenance and care 58

Auxiliary equipment 59

Chapter IV
Metals 67

1. Most common metals 68

Gold & Silver 68

Fineness standards 69

Fusion chart 70

Copper & its alloys 71

Platinum family 72

Thickness of the metal 74

2. Working the metal 75

Scribing and tracing 75

Cutting 77

Sawing 77

Filing 78

Drilling 79

Annealing 79

Doming 80

Alloyed precious metals 86

Chapter V
Application of enamel 89

1. Wet inlay 90

2. Counter-enamel 96

3. Dry application of enamels 98

4. Application with spray gun 101

Chapter VI
Firing enamels 103

1. Firing in a kiln 104

2. Firing with a torch 105

Chapter VII
Operations and treatments of the enamels 109

1. Grinding 109

2. Tracing 110

3. Gold and silver paillons 112

4. Enamel palettes or colour tests 117

5. Removal of enamel 120

6. Defects on the enamel (troubleshooting) 122

7. Mattifying 126

Chapter VIII
Traditional techniques 129

1. Cloisonné 129

Materials and tools 130

Process 130

2. Champlevé 134

Materials and tools 134

Reserve materials 135

Acids and corrosives 135

Process 136

Enamelling 137

Firing 139

Finishing 139

Possibilities 141

Electroforming 142

3. Basse-taille 142

Tools and materials 143

Process 143

Enamelling 146

Firing 147

4. Plique-à-jour 148

Materials and tools 149

Process 149

Firing 150

Finishing 151

Cloisonné and acid method for plique-à-jour 153

Historical processes 155

Enamel cameos 155

5. Ronde-bosse 156

6. Painted enamel 159

7. Noir à tracer 160

8. Blanc de Limoges 162

9. Grisaille 163

Materials 164

Evaporation and fire 165

Opalescent grisaille 167

10. Painting on enamel. Vitrifiable pigments 171

Miniature 173

Materials and tools 173

Essences and oils 175

Tools and implements 175

Mixing 177

Palette or colour tests 178

Application 178

Evaporation 180

Firing 181

Finishing flux 184

Watercolours and other
vitrifiable materials 185

11. Gold, silver and lustres 186

Powdered fine silver 186

Powdered fine gold 188

Burnishable gold 188

Shell gold 189

Metallic lustres 189

Obtaining pure gold
and silver powder 191

Chapter IX
Modern Techniques 195

1. The art of enamel in architecture and urbanism 195

Materials for the support 196

Aluminium 196

Basic steps 197

Application of the enamel 199

Firing 200

2. Sgraffito 200

Hot sgraffito 201

3. Stencils 203

4. Textured metal 206

5. Oxidation, coloration and patina on the metal 208

Oxidation before enamelling 208

Chemical patination of metal 210

Some patina formulas 211

Aged “patina” of the metal 212

6. Niello 212

7. Overfiring the enamel 213

8. Raku 215

9. Metal clay 216

10. Possibilities and experimental techniques 217

Chapter X
Industrial processes 223

1. Decals 223

2. Photo-enamel 225

3. Silkscreen printing 227

4. Lost wax casting 230

Chapter XI
Restoration and conservation of enamel 237

1. Restoration of enamel 237

Cold restoration 238

Hot restoration 239

2. Conservation of enamel 240

Chapter XII
Conceptual aspects 243

1. Concept and design of an enamel 243

2. Mounting and supports for enamel work 247

General aesthetic considerations 247

General technical considerations 248

Image information & credits 250

Bibliography 251

Index 252

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