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Brandon Franks

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  1. Good one, I should have seen that coming
  2. I do actually mix my own glazes. I was just interested in these particular glazes because they break unlike any of my glazes.
  3. All right, will definitely take into consideration. Im probably going to try out three different clays now, just because I am in the market for new clay and do not want to purchase 2,000lbs of clay that doesn't work well with some of my other glazes. Thanks for your help though, I have not had to take absorption into account for years (and honestly forgot to check it) Have a good day!
  4. Do you have any recommendations? I only really have Standard Clay near me. Also, most the mid-fire clays seem to be somewhere within the 1.25% to 2% shrinkage rate.
  5. I was thinking of trying Standard 553 Buff clay- C/4-6 Good clay body for production work. Contains fire clay and fine grog. Cone 6 Shrinkage 10.5% Absorption 1.25% Do you think this would be better?
  6. Do you think I could fix it with a different clay body? I am looking to switch my clay up, and this may just be the time to do it.
  7. Okay, I finally got the image uploaded. I had to make it really small, sorry. This picture is of ~2 inches x 1 inch of the sidewall inside one of my white and green mugs. The white seems to be the only glaze on this mug that crazed
  8. Definitely will try that if I can't get the issue solved.
  9. I Keep trying to, but am having trouble uploading a file. If you want, I could maybe email you a photo of the crazing.
  10. I actually dip but use multiple layers. However, I see most the crazing on the inside. I was actually looking to switch up my clay body, do you have any suggestions that work good with layering glaze. Sorry if I am asking a lot, I have never felt with commercial glazes before and it is quite annoying. I am just going to stick to making my own in the future. I am trying to post a picture but keep getting told the size is too big...
  11. This is actually the first time I am using store bought glazes. I usually just make my own, but I love some of the combinations these glazes have when layered. All of them are from Continental Clay and Minnesota Clay. Sadly, I am unable to obtain the glaze recipes at this time, but I can give you my clay and its specifications. I use a Standard 101 Buff Clay C/02-9 Cone 02 Shrinkage 9.0% Absorption 4.5% Cone 9 Shrinkage 12.0% Absorption 0.75% Again, I fire to ^6 on the slow setting. Thanks for all the replies, I have never had experience with commercial or crazing glaze, so this is very helpful, Brandon (I will provide a list and link to the glazes, if that helps anyone) Twighlight Blue* https://www.continentalclay.com/detail.php?cat_id=425&sub_categoryID=&PID=1399 Matalic Green Gloss White* https://www.mnclay.com/AddToCart2.aspx?ProductGroup=HG7 BT12- Black NG12- Floting B Ng10- Espresso Buttercream* https://www.continentalclay.com/detail.php?cat_id=425&sub_categoryID=&PID=1399 *- all that I am able to tell have crazed
  12. Okay, a little update. I found that my white glaze (which I just made a new batch of) is crazing. The crazing lines are fairly close together. One thing that is different about the white glaze is the thickness. It is very thin, but that is the only thing that is different from normal. Are there any tips to prevent crazing. Maybe I should do a short hold at cone 6? Your advice would be appreciated. Thanks, Brandon
  13. I have found that my regular clay fired to cone 9 works well. Glaze you have to be cautious about, but I recommend looking for recipes for cone 9, but test them on a stovetop with water and see if any color seeps into the water. If not, you should be good to go. You could test by taking a sample of the water with a water testing kit prior to boiling it, then after if the water test reads the same, then you're good to go.
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