Pam East PreNamel Instructions
Enamel may not adhere to a surface that has not been properly cleaned, or it may pop off after firing. Before beginning to enamel, it is vitally important that the metal be clean and free of all oxides, oils, dust, soaps or other contaminants. PreNamel ensures the metal is ready for enameling and works well on both copper and silver. PreNamel is also terrific for removing fire-scale from copper between enamel firings!
PreNamel is non-toxic, however it is acidic, so wear gloves when using it to protect your hands.
Tools & Supplies:
- Hot Water
- Toothbrush and/or green scrubber
- Rubber or latex gloves
- Put on gloves.
- Wet the piece in hot water.
- Shake a generous amount PreNamel onto the piece.
- Wet an inexpensive toothbrush in hot water and use it to scrub the piece, front and back. For smooth areas a green scrubber can also be used.
- Rinse all traces of PreNamel from the piece. The water should now sheet on the metal rather than beading up. If it is still beading, re-clean the piece.
When not in use, keep PreNamel tightly capped and store in a cool, dry place.
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.