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    All great advice - this helped me as well, thank you. Any time a piece of mine comes out in close proximity to the shape it went in, I celebrate the kiln! YAAAYYY Kiln! Do a little ceremonial dance around it.... Oh-EEE-Oh....EEEE-OHHH
  2. Sorry – here’s a closer shot of the tile http://www.houzz.com...throom-portland It’s a creamy oyster effect. I know I can’t recreate this - I’m just very curious about what others think may achieve this finish since it is so intriguing. Also this only works well if displayed in an area with ample light or else the effect is lost or muted. I’m glad to learn about the temporary nature of Lustres in regular contact –thank you for that warning. These will be used sparingly as accents, and I’m ok if the finish eventually wears off. That’s when I pull out my handy drummel tool, pop them out, and replace with new ones I’m new to glaze technicals so with regard to Overglaze vs Lustre I was just recycling phrases I saw elsewhere, either on this site or other supply sites. Duncan site says “Mother of Pearl is a luster, an overglazeâ€. But it seems I should not trust their wording. Would it be more accurate to say that Lustre is a sub-category of Overglazes? Thank you for the referral to your more professional Lustre product. Currently the website says these products are unavailable, but perhaps it is because I am not registered. Very interesting about the glaze/lustre bonding conditions you describe and “softness†of the base glaze. When you say “sink in†– is that a good thing or bad thing? Sink in, as in proper cohesion and optimal iridescent effect (in the case of Mother of Pearl), or sink in, as in the overall effect becomes muted? Granted, there is no bad/good in art - it's all perception, but in my case, I want the full monty! So "good" in this case is full iridescence. I will read the articles you suggested. I have some immediate questions, but they may be answered there. Ultimately, I will just have to test, as you suggested. But as many other users here have expressed, research helps reduce erroneous and wasteful purchases. Your work is stunning by the way – just brilliantly stunning!!
  3. Two-part question: I'm a semi-noob, but avid learning/researcher/student. I'd like to replicate a procedure posted by another kind user here using an old light diffuser grid as a press mold to make tiny mosaics. Her prototypes turned out beautiful. Since my intended use is wall tile, I understand it's best to use ^6 clay. This means I also need to glaze at compatible ^6 level as well, correct? So far so good. Ultimately I'd like to finish with a mother of pearl overglaze/lustre. Now it gets interesting... I fell in love with a lustre effect I saw on a boutique tile. (Nothing easy is as much fun, right?) I found this tile in the store but they don't make tiny sizes and besides, it's crazy expensive (pic attached). The appearance is a creamy base color with a heavy rainbow iridescence and they call it their "metalics" line. In the pic below it almost looks mirror-like but not so much on a single tile. After everything I poured over on this site I am starting to suspect this possibly was fired four times -- third time for some kind of white gold or platinum metallic lustre and then a fourth time for a mother of pearl/opalescence (??) or maybe just MOP? Your guess??? Second part -- I found Duncan Mother of Pearl Lustre Overglaze and would like to try it (or anything else equivalent that you can suggest). Many of you say the MOP can be applied over mid fire glazes, and fired for 3rd time at very low ranges (ie. ^018). With that in mind, it sounds like this can be applied over a ^6 glaze provided that it is fired at the mfgr recommended ^020. However, the Duncan website lists something I find somewhat confusing - specifically step #1 & #2. Here are their instructions 1. Apply an overglaze compatible glaze to cone 04 bisque. 2. Fire to cone 06. 3. Do not stir or shake overglaze. 4. Place a small amount of overglaze on a glazed palette: a. For a swirled look, swirl on one coat, overlapping strokes. b. For a smooth look, brush on all strokes in the same 5. Correct application should produce a light blue tint. First off, what is a "overgalze compatible glaze"? Secondly, are they saying I need to apply a glaze to the bisque with a glaze that only fires to ^06? That would mean I'd have to use a low fire ^06 clay (?) Surely they are not saying I should fire the lustre to ^06 -- everything I've read on this forum says that's too high and would burn off. Does this mean I cannot use Duncan Mother of Pearl over a ^6 clay fired with a ^6 glaze? If not - what then do you recommend for Mother of Pearl on cone ^6 glaze? Or can that even be done? thanks so much for reading!
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    Depending on where you are, your local library may have a copy. I just read this thread and did the same thing - search for this book! And lo and behold my local library has 2 copies! So I requested one today. Amazon retails it for $190!! Library = Free. Best of luck
  5. Evelyne, I would love to know if your iron piece works for tiles! Everything I look at now, I think - can it make tiles??? Please post if you try it! Exactly!! I'm now looking at my tiny decorative candy mold trays and going hmmmm..... can you imagine how cool these would be as little mosaic tiles? Or tile overlays!
  6. Thank you Paula! This just keeps getting better! 1/2" was exactly what I was hoping for (although 3/8 or 5/8 would work nicely too) - and glazes from my own back yard! (I'm in KY). Here is a micro mosaic (5/8") with texture stamps. As you can see, the simpler the texture, the more light it reflects. Comes down to preference I guess. I have more homework to do, but the clay suggestion is a great start - thanks!
  7. This is EXACTLY what I'm looking for - thank you! I'm a hobbyist enthusiast and I have talked myself into making my own mosaic field tiles to use as liners on my backsplash between my 6x6 tiles because I can't find what I want prefab. 1" tiles are too big and bulky looking as a liner. I've been searching for solution for days. These look perfect size!! Any way to tell us what clay and glaze you used? The "pillow" effect from pressing the mesh mold down over the clay is also exactly what I want as well!!!! I wanted something with some texture to rise above my flat field tile. THANKS!

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