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Vitreous EnamelArtisan Crafts WeekVitreous Enamel by Aryiea
Vitreous enamel is a material made by fusing powdered glass to another material (usually metal or ceramics - I'll be talking about metal) by firing. The powdered glass melts and flows into a smooth coating, which hardens as it cools. There are a lot of other materials out there that are calling themselves 'enamel' that are technically a resin or something else with very similar properties - traditionally, however, enamel is glass, and that's what I'll be talking about in this article!
Although this all sounds super cool and fancy (hopefully) you can actually find examples of products that have been enameled in an industrial setting all over the place! The older white boards at schools, for example, were often made of steel with a white enamel coating on them. In addition, cookware is often enameled - ever see those dark blue pots with the white speckles? Other commonly used items that have been enameled are bath tubs, dishwashers, and other appliances.
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