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SAMBA100 Lead-Free Onglaze Colors

Ferro’s SAMBA100 is the next generation lead-free color range designed for onglaze decoration of vitreous china, earthenware and enamel.

Lead-free onglaze colors for decoration of vitreous china, eathenware and enamel

The SAMBA100 color range offers 37 highly pigmented lead-free shades including four cadmium colors that deliver an intense color palette used for onglaze ceramic decoration. These colors show relatively high acid and alkali resistance with the exception of Cobalt Blue 12 1654, which is slightly more vulnerable. 

Hiighly pigmented lead-free onglaze colors for vitreous china decorating

SAMBA100 onglaze decoration colors are lead-free and cadmium-free with controls in place to maintain upper limits of 100 ppm lead and 600 ppm cadmium.

The cadmium containing colors are lead-free. Ferro maintains and manages the heavy metal limit through careful monitoring of raw materials combined with accurate processing and continuous precise quality control. 


  • All colors in the series fulfil the heavy metal release limits of EN 13881-2, California Prop. 65 and FDA requirements, provided that application and firing is handled correctly
  • Delivery of maximum possible color intensity even with thin color deposits
  • Allows for low color consumption by using fine screens (e.g. for fine lines)
  • Improved flexibility in decoration designs with a wider color space
  • New color shades for a multitude of design options
  • Excellent processing characteristics
  • Multi-purpose ability of mixing or overprinting with different fluxes enables a wider application range than any other color series so far on the market
  • One complete color range that is compatible across varying substrates and firing conditions results in economic and logistic advantages

Lead-free onglaze colors with high acid and alkali resistance

Colors in the SAMBA100 series have excellent processing properties in all conventional decorating methods including direct and indirect screen printing, spraying, machine lining and banding, and brush application.

Ferro also offers a full range of suitable media and covercoats designed for use with all standard decorating methods.


11 1650 Chrome Green  364 c
11 1651 Blue Green  3292 c
11 1653 2 Green  362 c
12 1650 Light Blue   632 c
12 1651 Cyan  314 c
12 1652 Dark Blue  308 c
12 1653 Sky Blue  2727 c
12 1654 Cobalt Blue  285 c
12 1655 Cyan (4 color process)  307 c
12 1657 Blue  637 c
13 1650 Lemon Yellow (4 color process) 101 c
13 1651 Yellow  122 c
13 1652 Golden Yellow  137 c
13 1655 2 Yellow  116 c
14 1650 Intense Black  Black 2c 2x
14 1652 Black  Black c
15 1650 Neutral Grey  424 c
15 1651 Blue Grey  429 c
16 1650 Light Brown  153 c
16 1651 Dark Brown  1685 c
17 1656 2 Orange  151c
17 1657 2 Intensive Red  172 c
17 1658 2 Dark Red  1795 c
17 1659 Iron Red  484 c
18 1650 Violet  251 c
19 1650 White   
19 1651 Opaque White   
19 1652 Mixing White   
72 1650 Cobalt Blue 2756 c
77 1640 3 Rose  203 c
77 1641 3 Magenta (4 color process)  207 c
77 1642 3 Dark Purple  208 c
77 1643 3 Pink  197 c
77 1644 3 Maroon  702 c 
77 1645 3 Dark Maroon  201 c 
77 1650 Purple  7420 c
77 1651 Light Purple  7634 c 

The above mentioned Pantone® Code is only a guideline for the color shade.
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2 Cadmium containing colors
3 These colors fire to a glossy surface and without a flux coat.

Global custom color mixing and color matching services



Color Mixing   
We offer custom color mixing services, which gives our customers total flexibility in tailoring color matches on-site, as well as desired gloss and finish.  We also provide testing to ensure the firing stability of mixed shades, mixing guidelines and recommendations for Pantone® color matching.

Color Matching
Ferro provides complete custom color matching services to help our customers develop new colors and finishes to meet specific industry standards and/or unique customer needs.  In addition to matching colors, Ferro can provide formulas to customers using the base/tint system.

Precise color matching can be achieved using our internal extensive database and color matching expertise.  All colors are matched to defined reference samples to ensure exact match and consistent color reproduction from batch to batch.