1124 W Front St
Boise, ID 83702
We specialize in metal and glass enamel fabrication; we also offer classes on how to create exquisite and colorful enamel fine art.
WHAT IS ENAMELING?
Vitreous enamel, also porcelain enamel, is a material made by fusing powdered glass to a substrate glass, by firing, usually between 750 and 850 C (1,380 and 1,560 F). The powder melts, flows, and then hardens to a smooth, durable vitreous coating on metal, or on glass or ceramics. The term “enamel” is most often restricted to work on metal, which is the subject of this article. Enameled glass is also called “painted”. Fired enamelware is an integrated layered composite of glass and metal.
The word enamel comes from the Old High German word smelzan (to smelt) via the Old French esmail Used as a noun, “an enamel” is a usually small decorative object, coated with enamel coating. Enameling is an old and widely adopted technology, for most of its history mainly used in jewelry and decorative art. Since the 19th century the term applies also to industrial materials and many metal consumer objects, such as some cooking vessels, dishwashers, laundry machines, sinks, and tubs. (“Enamelled” and “enamelling” are the preferred spellings in British English, while “enameled” and “enameling” are preferred in American English.)