having cracked the etch process my next issue was to delineate the text from the background. the etch solution produces a texture which really sparkles under transparent enamel, that i hope will work well with intentional overfiring and incorporation of firescale. but firing clear (flux) enamel over the freshly-stoned raw copper text alters and mutes the colour. to maintain the shine and contrast i intend to use a clear lacquer as the final coat. this will have to be the last step, following completion of enamelling on the reverse side.