Basse-Taille Enameling by Jan Harrell


Jan Harrell, Enamelist, Metalsmith, Sculptor and Instructor at the Glassell School of Art in Houston, TX visited Cool Tools to demonstrate her method to create Basse-taille which is when transparent enamel is applied on a low-relief pattern in metal. Jan shares tips on basics, screening, using Klyr-Fire and more.

The tools and supplies used in this video are listed below.

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    Textured Metal - Mandala - Fine Silver
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    Spra-tool Replacement Power Pack 6.5 oz - Ships Continental U.S. ONLY
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    Spra-tool Replacement Snap-on Head and Tips
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    Sifter - Large - 2" - Choose a Mesh
    Sifter - Large - 2" - Choose a Mesh Lightweight plastic sifter with mesh screen. 2" diameter. Made in the USA
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    Enamel Stackable Sifters & Pan
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    Klyr-Fire 2 oz
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    Surfactant - Metal Prep for Enameling - 2 oz
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    3 Point Trivet - 1-1/4"
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    8 Mesh Lightweight Firing Rack - 4"
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    4 Mesh Firing Rack - 4"
    4 Mesh Firing Rack - 4" Stainless steel, heat and corrosion resistant 4 mesh wire rack for transporting work in and out of the kiln. Can also be used for two part firing base metal clays. Made in USA
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    Kiln Shelf - Hard Ceramic 7" x 7" x 5/8"
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    Pickle Pot - Little Dipper Crock Pot
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    Nitrile Protective Gloves - 6 Pair
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    Klyr-Fire 2 oz with Mist Spray Bottle
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    Kiln Shelf - Hard Ceramic 5" x 5" x 5/8"
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    Kiln Shelf - Hard Ceramic - 5-1/2" x 9-1/2" x 5/8"
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    3 Point Trivet
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    Large 3 Point Trivet
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    4 Point Trivet
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    Trivet Base with Arms
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    Adjustable Trivet Wings
    Adjustable Trivet Wings Use these trivet wings while firing to support pieces that have enamel applied to both the top and bottom surfaces. Steep wings have a steep pitch used for deep bowls; Shal...

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