Paintingwithfire

Thompson Enamel Preferred Top Re-Seller

St. Petersburg, Florida | 10364 Sales

Paintingwithfire

Thompson Enamel Preferred Top Re-Seller

St. Petersburg, Florida 10364 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Announcement   Use coupon Code INSPIRED10 to get 10% Off your order!
The ONLY Etsy shop devoted entirely to enameling and enameling supplies! We pride ourselves on customer service and helping in the learning process. We developed the immersion method of enameling that works on iron, brass, copper, sterling silver, and steel. We are the ONLY enameling company that sells both glass micro beads .6mm for enameling and reflective glass beads. Our patented tool, the bead pulling station, comes highly recommended for enameling both beads and copper pieces.

We really appreciate our loyal customers! You're the best! Feel free to send us a message if you ever have any questions on enameling, ordering, trouble-shooting, etc.

Painting with Fire Studio specializes in torch-fired enamel instruction, sales of supplies and of jewelry. As one of the top ten Gold Thompson Enamel Distributor and author of "Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry: a Workshop in Painting with Fire, named Best Craft Book of 2011 at Amazon, Barbara Lewis is the creative director of Painting with Fire Studio but is joined in the business by family members Jim, Laura and David Lewis.

Painting with Fire Studio has a long and successful history of teaching torch-fired enamel. As Thompson Enamel preferred distributor and enamelists ourselves, we offer a torch-fired kit, that takes the guesswork out of getting started. In addition, because the whole family enamels metal, we welcome questions and phone calls. Since we're surrounded by over 100 different enamel colors, we're happy offer you suggestions based on our experience.

In 2013 we discover and developed how to enamel on brass which paved the way for Book No. 2, "Mastering Torch-Fired Enamel: the Next Steps in Painting with Fire" was released September 2014. I'd also like to invite you to join me at www.paintingwithfire.ning.com, where it's all about torch-firing enamel!

Follow us on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/PaintingwithFireStudio/

And Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/paintingwithfirestudio/

Our Facebook group, Painting with Fire Inspired enameling comes highly recommended. All levels of enameling welcome! Over 3700 members and growing. https://www.facebook.com/groups/paintingwithfire/

Thank you for stopping by! :-) Barbara Lewis and Laura Lewis Albright

FREQUENTLY ASKED ENAMELING QUESTIONS - Info from Thompson Enamel and Art Jewelry Magazine

WHAT IS ENAMELING?
Simply put, enameling is fusing glass to metal. Enamels are made of finely powdered glass particles and other materials, like minerals and ceramic pigments. Enamels come in lump, powder, and liquid forms.

WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT HOW TO SAFELY USE THOMPSON ENAMEL PRODUCTS?

All of Thompson’s enamel products are glass of one form or another. Care should be taken not to ingest them. These products, however, can be used quite safely if you adhere to the following housekeeping and hygiene rules:

Rule 1. Keep products out of reach of children and pets.
Rule 2. Keep your work area neat and clean. Keep your clothing clean.
Rule 3. Use your enamels in a well ventilated work area. Wear a protective dust mask if you are working with enamel powders for an extended period of time, especially when sifting enamels.
Rule 4. Wash your hands prior to eating. Do not smoke or handle food when you are working with enamels.

WHAT IS MESH SIZE?

80 mesh enamel is the standard particle size available to our customers unless specified otherwise. 80 mesh is glass ground to a particle size which is slightly finer than granular sugar. It is normally applied by sifting, but can also be mixed with water and inlayed or charged onto to the substrate surface.

80 mesh means there are 80 openings in a standard wire mesh screen per linear inch. 40 mesh means there are 40 openings in a standard wire mesh screen per linear inch. We suggest using a 40 mesh screen in our sifters to apply base coats of 80 mesh enamel to metal or glass substrates.

6/20 mesh enamels are particles that have an average diameter of about 1/16” to 1/8”. These particles are ideal for bead making. Lump enamels (unground, unscreened enamels sometimes referred to as ‘frit’) are particles that range from 1/16” to 1” diameter chips or lumps. A variety of painting and liquid enamels are also available for specific substrates.

WHAT IS SEPARATION ENAMEL?

Separation enamel affects the enamel layers under it. Separation Enamel is best painted in a linear design over 2-3 coats of pre-fired transparent and/or opaque enamels, with transparents being the final coat. When fired, the separation enamel changes the viscosity of the area producing a flowing or spreading, somewhat similar to a marbleized effect. Dry and fire at 1450°-1550°F for 2-5 minutes. It is sold in a dry form and a liquid form.

WHAT IS THE CRACKLE EFFECT?

The crackle effect is obtain by using crackle enamel. Crackle enamel affect the layers on top of them. They create a cellular crackling effect in both transparent and opaque enamels. The more crackle you use, the greater the crackling effect. Crackle enamels work best on thick gauge metal as well as domed surfaces because gravity helps in the movement of the hot liquid enamel.

WHAT CAUSES ENAMEL TO CRACK OR CHIP?

When enamel cracks it is because there is too much stress in the glass and the glass has no choice but to relieve that stress by cracking.

This can happen with any enamel under certain conditions. Some of these conditions could also lead to enamel releasing from the metal or from itself, but the ‘chipping’ defect may or may not involve conditions that always apply to cracking. Under the conditions of heat the metal expands. The enamel flows and is carried with the metal. As the piece cools, the enamel becomes rigid between 1020 degrees F. and 1050 degrees F. The metal continues to contract. This puts a strain on the enamel and given certain conditions, the enamel will crack.

Announcement

Last updated on Dec 13, 2018

Use coupon Code INSPIRED10 to get 10% Off your order!
The ONLY Etsy shop devoted entirely to enameling and enameling supplies! We pride ourselves on customer service and helping in the learning process. We developed the immersion method of enameling that works on iron, brass, copper, sterling silver, and steel. We are the ONLY enameling company that sells both glass micro beads .6mm for enameling and reflective glass beads. Our patented tool, the bead pulling station, comes highly recommended for enameling both beads and copper pieces.

We really appreciate our loyal customers! You're the best! Feel free to send us a message if you ever have any questions on enameling, ordering, trouble-shooting, etc.

Painting with Fire Studio specializes in torch-fired enamel instruction, sales of supplies and of jewelry. As one of the top ten Gold Thompson Enamel Distributor and author of "Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry: a Workshop in Painting with Fire, named Best Craft Book of 2011 at Amazon, Barbara Lewis is the creative director of Painting with Fire Studio but is joined in the business by family members Jim, Laura and David Lewis.

Painting with Fire Studio has a long and successful history of teaching torch-fired enamel. As Thompson Enamel preferred distributor and enamelists ourselves, we offer a torch-fired kit, that takes the guesswork out of getting started. In addition, because the whole family enamels metal, we welcome questions and phone calls. Since we're surrounded by over 100 different enamel colors, we're happy offer you suggestions based on our experience.

In 2013 we discover and developed how to enamel on brass which paved the way for Book No. 2, "Mastering Torch-Fired Enamel: the Next Steps in Painting with Fire" was released September 2014. I'd also like to invite you to join me at www.paintingwithfire.ning.com, where it's all about torch-firing enamel!

Follow us on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/PaintingwithFireStudio/

And Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/paintingwithfirestudio/

Our Facebook group, Painting with Fire Inspired enameling comes highly recommended. All levels of enameling welcome! Over 3700 members and growing. https://www.facebook.com/groups/paintingwithfire/

Thank you for stopping by! :-) Barbara Lewis and Laura Lewis Albright

FREQUENTLY ASKED ENAMELING QUESTIONS - Info from Thompson Enamel and Art Jewelry Magazine

WHAT IS ENAMELING?
Simply put, enameling is fusing glass to metal. Enamels are made of finely powdered glass particles and other materials, like minerals and ceramic pigments. Enamels come in lump, powder, and liquid forms.

WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT HOW TO SAFELY USE THOMPSON ENAMEL PRODUCTS?

All of Thompson’s enamel products are glass of one form or another. Care should be taken not to ingest them. These products, however, can be used quite safely if you adhere to the following housekeeping and hygiene rules:

Rule 1. Keep products out of reach of children and pets.
Rule 2. Keep your work area neat and clean. Keep your clothing clean.
Rule 3. Use your enamels in a well ventilated work area. Wear a protective dust mask if you are working with enamel powders for an extended period of time, especially when sifting enamels.
Rule 4. Wash your hands prior to eating. Do not smoke or handle food when you are working with enamels.

WHAT IS MESH SIZE?

80 mesh enamel is the standard particle size available to our customers unless specified otherwise. 80 mesh is glass ground to a particle size which is slightly finer than granular sugar. It is normally applied by sifting, but can also be mixed with water and inlayed or charged onto to the substrate surface.

80 mesh means there are 80 openings in a standard wire mesh screen per linear inch. 40 mesh means there are 40 openings in a standard wire mesh screen per linear inch. We suggest using a 40 mesh screen in our sifters to apply base coats of 80 mesh enamel to metal or glass substrates.

6/20 mesh enamels are particles that have an average diameter of about 1/16” to 1/8”. These particles are ideal for bead making. Lump enamels (unground, unscreened enamels sometimes referred to as ‘frit’) are particles that range from 1/16” to 1” diameter chips or lumps. A variety of painting and liquid enamels are also available for specific substrates.

WHAT IS SEPARATION ENAMEL?

Separation enamel affects the enamel layers under it. Separation Enamel is best painted in a linear design over 2-3 coats of pre-fired transparent and/or opaque enamels, with transparents being the final coat. When fired, the separation enamel changes the viscosity of the area producing a flowing or spreading, somewhat similar to a marbleized effect. Dry and fire at 1450°-1550°F for 2-5 minutes. It is sold in a dry form and a liquid form.

WHAT IS THE CRACKLE EFFECT?

The crackle effect is obtain by using crackle enamel. Crackle enamel affect the layers on top of them. They create a cellular crackling effect in both transparent and opaque enamels. The more crackle you use, the greater the crackling effect. Crackle enamels work best on thick gauge metal as well as domed surfaces because gravity helps in the movement of the hot liquid enamel.

WHAT CAUSES ENAMEL TO CRACK OR CHIP?

When enamel cracks it is because there is too much stress in the glass and the glass has no choice but to relieve that stress by cracking.

This can happen with any enamel under certain conditions. Some of these conditions could also lead to enamel releasing from the metal or from itself, but the ‘chipping’ defect may or may not involve conditions that always apply to cracking. Under the conditions of heat the metal expands. The enamel flows and is carried with the metal. As the piece cools, the enamel becomes rigid between 1020 degrees F. and 1050 degrees F. The metal continues to contract. This puts a strain on the enamel and given certain conditions, the enamel will crack.

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Living the creative life through studio work ...

Painting with Fire Studio was born from my love of teaching torch-fired enameling. The immersion process of torch-firing, developed by Joe Spencer, eliminates much of the tedious steps normally associated with enameling. There's no cleaning of the metal, enamel adhesive, separate counter-enameling measure.

F&W Media has released two of my books, the first of which was named Best Craft Book of 2011 at Amazon. Since I love teaching, you'll also find my classes on Craftsy, the largest online education site for the craft enthusiast. At our midtown St. Petersburg studio, we also offer workshops for the beginner as well as those looking for a several-day intensive learning experience.

I will be forever grateful to Joseph Spencer for introducing me to the immersion process of enameling. His process and my background has led to pioneering advances in the immersion and enameled jewelry.

Shop members

  • Barbara Lewis

    Owner, Author, Jewelry Designer, Teacher

    Painting with Fire Studio is the only private learning center in the state with enameling, metalworking, and casting studios. Located in midtown St. Petersburg, we host classes and open studio opportunities. We are also Thompson Enamel Distributors.

  • Laura Lewis Albright

    Owner, Marketer, Customer Service

Production partners

  • A craft shop

    FL, United States

    A craft store

  • American Express

    Los Angeles, CA

    Payment Processing company

  • Eugenia Chan

    Canada

    The Stainless Steel Torching Basket is an amazing tool designed by artist Eugenia Chan. This durable basket is used for torch enameling as well as for use in kilns. This basket rids the frustration of pieces slipping and dropping because they are held securely in place. Also there is minimal contact

  • A Jewelry Supply Shop

    Los Angeles, CA

    makes jewelry tools

  • An enameling shop

    KY, United States

    Makes glass

  • Metal shop

    United States

    Metal shop that makes components

  • Women in Nepal

    Nepal

    Fair Trade

Shop policies

Last updated on November 6, 2018
Barbara Lewis, here. I want to welcome you to Painting with Fire, a shop that features torch-fired enamel jewelry components ... and other 'needful things!'

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Money Order
  • Check
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
I want my customers to be happy with their purchase. If a piece is defective and I'm informed of this within 7 days of purchase, I will happily make the repair or provide a replacement and pay for shipping costs to and from.
Payment
Pay by Paypal is preferred, which should be made within three days of purchase. If you prefer to pay by check, unless I know you personally, I will wait for the check to clear before shipping. If you change your mind about a purchase, please cancel your order within 12 hours, simply because I ship as quickly as possible. All shipping will occur after payment is received.
Shipping
Shipping is primarily by USPS, unless the customer prefers another carrier. An email will be sent to you when the item is shipped. I pride myself on fast shipping. Items will be shipped within 5-7 business days but may ship sooner. If you need a rush on your order please send us a message. Painting with Fire Studio is not responsible for custom or VAT fees. This fee is what your country charges you for imported products. We do not get any of this fee. We are required by law to indicate the value of products on the custom shipping label. If you are unaware of what import fees you may be charged this website may help https://www.uscib.org/valueadded-taxes-vat-ud-1676/.
Additional policies and FAQs
I welcome custom orders. I use the beads and pendants I make in my own jewelry. So, you can always check barbaralewis.etsy.com for ideas on how to use my jewelry components. If you want a slideshow of my jewelry, please visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/barbaralewis/