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What Frit And/or Flux To Use?

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My father passed away a few years ago and was cremated, and we've been holding onto the ashes since until I could use them in some ceramics. I'm finally in the process of making the pieces and I'm using some of the cremains in the glaze. I just completed my first round of testing and am wanting to just use the ash sprinkled on and letting it flux out as if it were in a wood firing. My test tile with just some of the ashes sprinkled on it was just about dead on as far as the color I was after, but it was crusty and didn't really flux out on its own. I was wondering what frits and/or fluxes I should add to the cremains to hell with this problem. I want to ensure that whatever is added doesn't alter the color. These are being fired under Δ10 reduction. Thanks for the input.

 

Edit: I also need to know recommended percentages of added flux/frit

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From what I know and what I can remember,: cremated remains are basically bone ash. Jeff Zamek is a ceramics consultant and in 2001 his dog , Zeke ,I think, died. He was cremated and Jeff kept the ashes around for a while. He worte a touching article for Ceramics monthly, Black Friday. 

If you google Jeff amen you'll find a long list of publications on technical items and the "other topics" . Black friday is the article you need.  If you are near a good University Library with ceramics Monthly, you could find it. May 2001. Otherwise, you can order reprints of articles from Jeff for $6.50

 

I gave all my issues away when I moved. The archives should be available is tyou have an online subscription upgrade. But they are only at the first phase of the transition to the new website.

  1. cm-mobile Archives - Page 10 of 59 - Ceramics Monthly
    ceramicartsdaily.org/ceramics-monthly/tag/cm-mobile/page/10

    Guilford Center's Ceramics 2001. Medalta: ... Ceramics Monthly May 2001May 1, ... Black Friday by Jeff Zamack. <-incorrect spelling in this notation.

     

     

    Otherwise, look up recipes using natural bone ash.

     

    Marcia

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Here is the article I think Marcia is referring to. It is a good one I book marked it a few years ago when I came across it:

 

http://www.ceramicindustry.com/articles/91313-black-friday

 

I am not sure if it is the same article as in the magazine, but this one is a nice read although mostly unrelated to the actual glaze. The end result is near the bottom if your just looking for a recipe to try.

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Here is the article I think Marcia is referring to. It is a good one I book marked it a few years ago when I came across it:

 

http://www.ceramicindustry.com/articles/91313-black-friday

 

I am not sure if it is the same article as in the magazine, but this one is a nice read although mostly unrelated to the actual glaze. The end result is near the bottom if your just looking for a recipe to try.

Yes , that's the one. Not typical for Jeff's type of article. But I liked it.

And it gives directions for using the bone ash which is a flux.

Marcia

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If you're on facebook, post your question to potters network, clay buddies, and ceramic solutions. There is at least one guy who does exclusively this on there. For the life of me I can't remember his name, but if you post there, you'll find him/her.

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