Enamel? So what is it exactly ?
Enamel is a material produced by fusing powdered glass to a substrate. It is fired along with additive pigments. Covering the steel elements with enamel protects the base material from rust, gives the ware a pleasing aesthetic, and also guarantees health and safety whilst using the enamelware in the kitchen. The durability of the enamelware comes as a result of it being fired at high temperatures (about 850°C) This not only makes it durable but makes it suitable for use on every cooker (including induction hobs) and also makes it dishwasher safe.
So what does the enamalware production process look like?
Well it’s not that easy really! This process takes part into two main stages:
The first stage is metalworking
Firstly the sheet metal is cut into separate rings, it is then pressed at high pressure to form the body of the dish we are producing. The parts of metal such as the handles or rims are then taken and welded together to complete the metal form…
The second stage is to enamel the metal form
This is where the material is coated with a ground coat to prepare it for the outer layer. Following this the product is inspected by our quality control team. If it looks good and passes this stage, it can then be fired at very high temperatures. It is inspected once more after firing to ensure no defects have occurred.
The second part of enamelling is where your design really comes to life! This is where the colour is applied to the dish. This gives the product its required aesthetic and practical attributes. Should the inner and outer colours of the product vary we firstly apply the inner coat. After some drying time the special enamel is then applied to the rim. This enamel is specifically made to protect the rim and needs to be especially durable. The product is then fired once more before going through another rigorous inspection (we want to make sure this will meet our high standards of production).
After all that, we can begin decorating the product (if applicable) or packing it. The decoration is also a lengthy process. At first the ceramic decal has to be applied. Then it has to be dried and fired again at very high temperatures before of course…. Yes you guessed it! Being Inspected again!
● Safe for the health of your family members and anti-allergenic,
● Resistant to rust and rubbing out,
● Easy to clean,
● Resistant to the acids from food and drink,
● Resistant to UV rays, keeps its colour for years,
● Functional, it can be used to make dishes, eat them or to reheat.
● Stylish, it mirrors the past in a stylish and modern design,
● Great for camping, mountain trips, fishing with friends, at home, in the office, for coffee, hot chocolate… ready for everywhere and anything !
The history of enamel
Enamel history began over 5 thousand years ago. Ancient civilisations used enamel to cover their earthenware and jewellery. The history of the form of enamelware currently in use began in 1760 in Germany and sometime later this enamelware spread to other European countries including Poland. Enamel officially arrived in North America in the 1950s. In early enamelware production only the internal parts were enamelled, this was in order to eliminate any contact between food or drink and the steel substrate. The chance of contamination from rusting metal was therefore minimised. Later people began to realise the benefits of enamelling the exterior as it proved durable, easy to clean and resistant to interaction with food steel ware. There were regional preferences as to how decorate enamel should look. In the USA plain enamel was the style of choice closely followed by speckles. In the UK white enamel with a navy blue brim dominated. Whilst in Sweden the most popular design was cream with a green frame. In other countries speckles, spots and folk decorations were frequently used.