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Shelly M

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    I am a retired nurse and nursery owner. Finally!!! arrived at a point in life with time to renew my lifelong interest in ceramics, kindled in high school. After purchasing my first wheel, I've graduated to buying a kiln and now begin the learning curve of firing my work at home rather than in a studio. Look for lots of requests for info from me. I have found the forums to be inspiring and so informative!
  1. Glaze Gel Fix

    Thank you Min. I will definitely sieve the glaze then measure the specific gravity.
  2. Glaze Gel Fix

    Great input. Thank you! I mixed 1000g of this batch so not too much to toss out if I can't fix it. I'll try the sodium silicate as that's what I have available.
  3. Glaze Gel Fix

    Thanks For the feedback. I didn't sieve this one Shame on me but it didn't seem to need it. Gonna try adding more water. I don't think I added too much bentonite
  4. Glaze Gel Fix

    I have a glaze recipe that gelled??? in the bucket. I am very new at making my own glazes so I think gelling is what the problem is called. Right after I restir and try to use, it sort of clumps together (flocculates?) in a slimy mass. I am wondering what I can add that will correct the problem. I have sodium silicate on hand. Here is the recipe, perhaps I should change the recipe instead of adding something to correct it? Thank you in advance! Dolomite 5.85 Gerstley Borate 13.37 Whiting 8.10 Zinc Oxide 3.90 Custer Feldspar 44.39 EPK Kaolin 4.88 Silica 19.51 100 add: Zircopax 10 Granular Rutile 3 (added to create speckles in the glaze) Bentonite 1
  5. Will Ilmenite Work At Cone 6?

    Thank you for your helpful comments! I'm firing in oxidation ^6 for most of my work. I might give it a try in my B-Mix clay body next time then see what happens when I use a matte white glaze.
  6. Will Ilmenite Work At Cone 6?

    You always have such helpful information! Thank you
  7. I'd like to try adding ilmenite to some of my existing cone 6 glazes - especially my matte white glaze - to get a speckled effect. Will I get the effect I want or does ilmenite have to be fired to cone 10 to melt completely? Thanks everyone!
  8. Make certain to stir often as these granular materials will settle out quickly. Make certain to stir often as these granular materials will settle out quickly. Can you give me an idea as to how much ilmenite I should add to approximately one quart of a whitish glaze I already have on hand to get a speckled affect? '
  9. Tip Size For Hvlp Spray Gun

    Thanks for the advice everyone! BTW . . . my post did say that my glazes for spraying are the consistency of pancake SYRUP, not pancake batter tho that might be an interesting experiment
  10. Cone 5/6 Celadon Recipe For Oxidation

    One time I brought everything I needed for hand building . . . including 25 pounds of clay. We were only camping for three days.
  11. I'm just beginning to use a spray gun for applying glazes. Mine came with a 1.4mm tip. Any advice on what a good tip size(s) would be? I'm thinning my glaze to about the consistency of pancake syrup. The 1.4mm worked fairly well but it took forever to get all the layers I wanted. Would a different size work faster and not give me problems with runs/drips? Are the sprayer tips standardized so that I don't have to search for one that is made by the same manufacturer as my HVLP gun? thanks all!
  12. Cone 5/6 Celadon Recipe For Oxidation

    Yes! As soon as we get back from our camping trip I've got to get testing!
  13. Cone 5/6 Celadon Recipe For Oxidation

    Great insight. Thank you!
  14. Cone 5/6 Celadon Recipe For Oxidation

    Can't wait to try this. Thank you!
  15. Cone 5/6 Celadon Recipe For Oxidation

    This is beautiful and exactly what I'm looking for. Thank you.