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Ferro makes several lines of glass enamels, but the Ferro Sunshine
series is perhaps the most useful for glass artists. These are
compatible with many different types of glass, including float and
both 96 and 90 COE glasses.
The Sunshine series, which comes in powder form, is designed as
China paint. If fired to its recommended maturation
temperature (1420 to 1520F/770 to 825C) it leaves a hard, shiny
surface on the glass.
There are 19 colors in the product line. Most are translucent,
but the line does include some transparents and an opaque white.
The colors can be mixed to produce additional colors if desired.
Like most enamels, Ferro can be applied
using a brush, an airbrush, or by a screen printing process.
Heavier applications will achieve a more opaque finish. It's
also possible to achieve results that look like either oil paints or
A sample set of the Ferro Sunshine enamels
is available direct from the company (no middle man!) by calling
Wanda McDowell in Customer Service. The telephone number is
800-245-4951. The sample set costs $200 US, but it does
include 100 grams of most colors and 50 grams of the more expensive
Copyright 2005 Brad Walker.
All rights reserved.
This information on Ferro
Enamels adapted from information provided by Bert Weiss.