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  1. Grace london

    Jackeeze Matt Alterations

    Amazing that you're doing this. Can't thank you enough for helping me out. I couldn't find CMC in London- Is AMACO Gum Solution the same thing? What a beautiful studio! I will send you a photo of my dungeon tomorrow : )
  2. Grace london

    Jackeeze Matt Alterations

    Incredibly generous, the thought and attention you have put into this. I have a very limited glaze lab, but I could order some Spodumene and Talc in the next week or two. If you think it will work? I'm not making major amounts here, in fact a 500mls of each only. Keen to experiment. Actually microwaved a jar of my glaze today and saw those crystals melt immediately then added a little bentonite and it made it more brush-able all right...
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    Hardening of glaze

    Wow, thanks very much Bill.
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    Hardening of glaze

    It is used for sculpture 04. It is a nice matt that just works for me. I am of course willing to improve it. A lot here to take in so I will make notes and report back. Will experiment with the Bentonite. I also add these for variations: Zircopax 10 Tin 10 Titanium 10 Black Velvet stain 15 Copper ox 5 Cobalt ox 5 You can see here in this head below, I layer the glazes, and use wax to inlay .It's an effect I like. Thank you all for your expertise , G
  5. Grace london

    Hardening of glaze

    This recipe is from a ceramic technician at a large uni in Canada...It is also listed here on glazy https://glazy.org/recipes/1966
  6. Grace london

    Hardening of glaze

    Thanks Babs, Could you just explain why I should please? because I have a bunch of recipes that work well off this base recipe. Cheers G
  7. Grace london

    Hardening of glaze

    Ah OK, so there is no way around this issue then...
  8. Grace london

    Hardening of glaze

    This is an old test tile, but you can see the matt surface and they all flow and blush together...
  9. Grace london

    Hardening of glaze

    I use it for sculpture Min, though I've been told it was safe. It's a beautiful low matt satin that I have found perfect for my decoration, quite reluctant to change as it works so nicely for me. Nothing missing. Perhaps if I make it thicker it might not form cystals?? Thanks
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    Hardening of glaze

    OK. It's not hard panning, it's forming small crystals that float around. I'll try the bentonite, then epsom like John Britt recommends in this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0S_gbVkq378 Could be that there's just too much water? A thicker glaze might have trouble forming crystals? Many thanks
  11. Grace london

    Hardening of glaze

    @liambesaw Thanks Liam. My studio is cold and not at home. I'll try dissolving. But ideally I would like to make a big amount of each and not have that hassle each time. Would Amaco gum or bentonite help you think? Many thanks... G
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    Hardening of glaze

    I'm also getting crystals from my low firing matt. I understand it's the Gerst + Lith. Also a very cold studio. I use a hand blender every week before I use them. But then I read they disolve in hot water and wondered would it be OK to microwave the glaze? I'm using glass jars. Could this be hazardous and plain right stupid? Gherstly Borate 35 Neph SY 5 EPK 5 Flint 42 Lithium Carb 8
  13. Hello all, Just inherited a 13litre tub of clear earthenware glaze (duncan). I'm not a studio potter, but a sculptor (ceramic). I'm dreaming of making lots of new glazes from this tub. So I'm looking for a list of additives ie. Silicon carbide to make it foam and thicken, Zirconium oxide to whiten, Tin to blush. I'll be adding oxides and stains. But I want more info on new weird behaving ingredients to test. Any other ideas folks? Thank you all for your expertise, your feedback has helped me learn so much : )
  14. Grace london

    Must stoneware be fired high?

    Excellent, thanks Tom!
  15. Hello all, I am working on a bunch of ceramic heads, using a stoneware/paper clay I made. I generally bisque to 1170 then use a low matt 1070 to glaze ( generally using earthenware paper clay). So I'm wondering will they be much weaker than the recommended 1280? It's a commission so I don't have the time to test. I feel like I could get away with it, and they also won't shrink as much. Any thoughts gratefully received : ) ...
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