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re beginner glaze materials - mistakes

updated wed 6 sep 00


Anne Ruthven on tue 5 sep 00

Jeff, I would like to read more, so please don't answer offline. I'm
sure I'm not the only one to appreciate your information. You're
imparting valuable information, not mistakes!

Jeff Seefeldt wrote:

> That is the beginning of my list of mistakes, I have many, many more if
> you want to hear them contact me off list.

Jeff Seefeldt on tue 5 sep 00

Here are some more things I've found that make my glazing making, mixing storage
and use somewhat easier. Not necessarily mistakes, just ideas I stumbled across.

I use 10 gallon sterilite storage totes,, they hold 50 + pounds of material and
are stackable. I don't have room for a ( or money ) for a regular glaze
table. I would suggest always buying one brand and size so that they will
stack. I found out the hard way that the sides on rubbermaid will crush causing
your stack of containers to fall over.

A friend that works at a grocery store deli gets 3 gallon bucket with lids for
me free. This is a good size for me. They smell good too!! they are what dounut
icing comes in.

Write the glaze name and cone on the bucket and lid to prevent mixing them up.

They are rather expensive ~ $100 but I really like my talisman sieve. it makes
sieving the glaze much, much quicker and easier. ( put that on your christmas

I refuse to buy materials with lead or barium, I'm not really good at following
all the safety precautions with other things (like fumes & dust ) but I don't want
stuff in my glaze, in my basement, or in me.

I use a paint mixer in my electric drill to mix glazes in the 3 gallon buckets.
Be careful that some ingredients don't settle out on you. Get them mixed back
up before you use the glaze, it can really affect your glaze. In a bigger
bucket its often harder to tell, often I'll run my glaze back thru the sieve so
I can see the bottom of the bucket and be sure nothing has settled.

I spray my glazes with a spray that I bought from Harbor Freight for $40. HVLP
Gravity feed,, ( High volume Low pressure ) it works good, has a finer pattern
than the pasche 62 that is designed for glazes.

I fire cone 6, my two favorite glazes right now are falls creek shino, which
calls for albany slip ( synthetic albany is expensive $2 / # but you can search
archives for recipes and make your own using redart clay ) and I like
floating blue,, I've never had the problems that other people seem to have with

I use tony hanson's 5-20's as a base glaze with 10% zircopax and add mason stain
or oxides..very simple and inexpensive to make.

here are a couple sites I like discusses 5-20's and loads of other stuff, type in a material and get a
description along with possbible hazards.