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  1. 4 or 5 years ago, Bill Van Gilner had made a bunch of videos for TV. I watched them over and over and over..till I could remember them in my sleep. His DIY programs were a hit but budget cutbacks canceled any more recordings. The DIY channel wouldn't sell the rights for the videos back to him so he began making his own copyrighted projects and selling them. I've seen most of them and I can tell you- they are ok for beginners. At that time, I was just getting back into clay so I took the 7 hr trip to his seminar in Atlanta about 3 years ago, I was so excited to meet him and hopefully pick up some 1on1 tips. That didn't happen. All of his instruction was a little rushed. He seemed bored with everything and most of all, he talked about how great he was- for hours. It was so bad, we only stayed for 1 day even though we paid for 2. I will admit that for complete beginners, his stuff is ok. There were some tips that certainly helped as I was just getting back into clay back then. Now with that said, there are TONS of FREE videos on Utube that give the exact same instructions with most of the videos that Bill Van Gilner charges big $ for. If you want to just send him some money for the video collections, you might learn something, but it's free for the looking online. Good luck!
  2. Glazing bubbles...help ? :/

    Penny here again.. I was unable to put more than one photo on the page because of my ipad mini....so here is photo Nbr 2. and 3. the cup shows the overall texture of most of the kiln load.which by the way, are different glazes. The third photo is a close up of the top of the cassarole dish.May I ask, with epson salt, do I dissolve it in water before I add it to the recipe? Why is it important to smooth over bubbles made when dipping pots? Now that I have read your suggestions, I will agree that some of my glazes r a bit thicker than cream.maybe this is the reason for the bubbles? I had a pot blow in my last kiln load and I didn't completely clean out the shards so maybe they are affecting the glazes? Thanks a bunch to everyone with their answers! Penny
  3. Hello to everyone ! My name is Penny. I've been throwing for a number of years and changed to stoneware about a year ago. I decided to invest big time and bought a ton of ingredients to make my own glazes. I've made progress and have some good results starting to happen. Actually.. That was until about 3 weeks ago. It started with a pot with a few bubble craters. Over the next few firings, it's getting worse. It's with all of the glazes in this last kiln load. They all have bubbles and now on top of that, I'm getting a strange texture across most of the pots. It's almost like someone blew something over the pots. If the pot was covered, the inside was fine. I fire to cone 5 with orton cones. (Not rich enough for a fancy dancy kiln. ) I'm using Sybil clay with speckles. All of my glazes have worked on previous firings. ...but this is my first kiln load of everything being altered with additional glazes. Basically... Why am I getting more and more bubbles and craters? Why did the entire kiln load get this weird surface texture? I'm enclosing photos of 3 samples. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you !,,,! Penny
  4. How to measure out chemicals for glazing

    Thank you again to all who have written me. I think I have it down pretty good now. Kind regards, Penny
  5. How to measure out chemicals for glazing

    Thank you all who have written me. In answer to my own question, So hers exactly what my problem is..In general... a recipe calls for percentages and I need to calculate the ingredients into grams. so changing percentage into grams. Is there a easy sure fire way to figure this every time? Man I feel not so smart.. Ok a new question is this....I have tested with small amounts of a transparent glaze with mason stains added. I had also bought a premixed ..powder.. Laguna birch white glaze that I plan on adding Mason stains to it also. With what I'm reading, 10% of a mason stain is what I need when mixing for colors added. Does anyone know if it's possible to add other dry ingredients to a premixed glaze? The birch white is Laguna WC-511 cone 5 glaze. Say I wanted a sea foam green...any suggestions kind regards, Penny
  6. I am new at making my own glaze from scratch and I am confused in regard to the mathematics of percentages/grams of materials needed. (EXAMPLE of 2 "fake" glazes ).. EXAMPLE 1 10 percent ferro frit. 30 percent epk, 60 percent feldspar. NOT A REAL RECIPE... ok so I get that I need to measure out each ingredient to make a total of 100 percent. Well what if I want to make 5 gallons of the glaze.. how to I compute it into gallons needed?? And on top of that what if the recipe calls for extra ingredient's after 100% of whats needed is computed. EXAMPLE 2 10 grams ferro frit, 30 grams epk, 60 grams feldspar. Equaling 100. Well 100 grams does not make very much at all. I need buckets. Obviously I will make the small amounts first so I can test tile everything but when I'm ready ( I'm past ready), I will need enough to do over 100 pots in various colors..etc.. In short, what if I want a 5 gallon bucket of the glaze. Maybe I should request for totals of a 1 gallon bucket. I can just do the ingredients x 5 to get 5 gallons. I do have a very nice triple beam scale that I got recently. I feel pretty stupid asking the community for the help but I have been looking for a week now on how to figure this out..no answers so here I am. Kind regards and thank's for any input. ( I knowwwww that I'm not "stupid" , I'm just a middle aged gal who hasn't used her math skills since Jr College