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Pam East CounterNamel™ takes all the fuss out of applying and firing counter-enamel. Applying counter-enamel to the back of an enameled piece to prevent the enamel from cracking was tricky with traditional enameling methods. The enamel tends to drop off the back of the piece, even with the generous use of enamel adhesives such as Klyr-Fire. CounterNamel™ makes the task of firing enamel to the front and back at the same time a snap! This unique lead-free formula creates a layer of enamel that is hard and secure both before and after firing. Simply add water and it’s ready to use!

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55375 Pam East CounterNamel™ - Black - 2 oz
$10.25
55389 Pam East CounterNamel™ - Black - 4 oz
$19.25
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Pam East CounterNamel™ Instructions

 

WHAT IS COUNTER-ENAMELING AND WHY DO I NEED IT?

 

Enamels put stress on the metal, causing it to warp slightly, which can result in cracks or chips. Putting enamel on the back side of the piece equalizes the stress and no cracking should occur.

 

Ideally, enamel should be applied to both the front and back of the piece at the same time.  This was tricky with traditional enameling methods. The enamel tended to drop off the back of the piece, even with the generous use of enamel adhesives such as Klyr-Fire.  CounterNamel™ has solved this problem, making the task of firing enamel to the front and back at the same time a snap!

 

WHAT IS CounterNamel™?

 

CounterNamel™ is a lead-free enamel product.  The unique formula creates a layer of enamel that is hard and secure both before and after firing.  CounterNamel™ takes all the fuss and bother out of applying and firing counter-enamel Simply add water and it’s ready to use!

 

DIRECTIONS...

 

Tools & Supplies:

  • CounterNamel™
  • PREnamel™ or other metal cleaner
  • Inexpensive toothbrush
  • Distilled Water
  • Small condiment cup
  • Enamel spatula
  • Plastic pipette or eye-dropper
  • Vinyl or latex gloves
  • Small brush

 

When handing your piece, always hold it by the edges and avoid touching any of the areas to be enameled with your bare fingers. Finger oils, dust, soaps and other contaminants can prevent enamels from adhering correctly.

 

1.     Put on a pair of vinyl or latex gloves.  Clean your piece thoroughly with PreNamel™ and a toothbrush.  Rinse well, removing all traces of cleaning agent. Water should sheet on the surface, not bead up. If the water pulls from the edges or beads up, clean the piece again.

2.     Place your piece face down in a trivet.

3.     Place a small amount of CounterNamel™ in a small mixing cup.  Mix up only as much as you will need for your project. 

4.     Add distilled water a few drops at a time, mixing as you go along.  The enamel paste should be wet enough to lay down smoothly on your piece and should stay where you put it.  If it runs or pools it is too thin. Add a bit more CounterNamel™ powder.  If it does not lay smoothly it may be too thick. Add a drop or two more water. 

5.     Apply an even coat of CounterNamel™ approximately 1/2 mm thick to the back of your piece.  The CounterNamel™ should reach all the way to the edges of the piece, and should not pull away in any areas.  If it does pull or bead, re-clean the piece and try again. 

6.     Place the trivet with the piece on top of a hot kiln to dry.  Drying takes 10 to 15 minutes.  Once it is dry, the CounterNamel™ will have a hard, cement-like consistency.  It will not move or fall off, even if the piece is knocked or tapped. 

7.     Place your piece face up in the trivet and apply enamels as you normally would.


Fire your enamels as recommended for the enamels on the front of the piece. The CounterNamel™ will fuse during this process, creating a smooth, attractive back for your work.




Who is Pam East?

Pam has been enameling since 1997.
She was named a Master Instructor for Art Clay Silver in 2005.


Over the years Pam has appeared on the highly acclaimed Carol Duvall Show on HGTV, and also on Jewelry Making on the DIY Network. She has written numerous articles for such magazines as Lapidary Journal, Art Jewelry Magazine, Glass-on-Metal, and Step-by-Step Beads. Writing about jewelry topics such as metal clay and enameling continues to be a big part of her life. Kalmbach publishing released Pam's first book "Enameling on Metal Clay" in 2007. Pam has also been an invited speaker, giving classes and lectures at such gatherings as the Enamellist Society Biennial Conference, the Metal Clay World Conference, and the Pan-European Metal Clay Conference.



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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
 
I love it! December 28, 2015
Reviewer: Patsy Oxley from Lamar, CO United States  
I never leave reviews. Just don't take the time. But after reading the single review on this product, I must. I've been enameling for 6 yrs. and this is the best product I've tried for a counter enamel. I use it as instructed and sift on 1995 black, tamp it down gently and wait for it to dry, apply the top coat (dry) and fire. It works beautifully and handles several subsequent HOT firings if needed.

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  1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
 
Awful March 6, 2015
Reviewer: Anonymous Person  
I have tried this five times. It sticks to the trivet really bad. The piece is hard to get off the trivet.  Then I have to file the back smooth.  I would rather clean the fire scale off a piece than use this.

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