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#1 Elmoclayman

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 11:20 AM

Hey all,
I have been using Duncan Envision Glaze - IN-1781 - Pumpkin Orange for a number of years in my high school classroom for a jack-o-lantern project. In years past, it has always come out with a nice glossy pumpkin orange color, until this year. For some reason it has been coming out with a Matte finish and I can't figure out why.

I fire it in an electric kiln, to a temp of 1880-1900F. I also have bisque ware in the kiln as well, but this has not effected the glaze result in the past. The only thing I can think of is that the glaze is "old." It has sat since November of last year, but I mix it very well before being used. Is there a material I can add to increase the glossy result?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions,
Brian

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 11:46 AM

Make sure there's not a layer of material settled out hard in the bottom of the glaze container.
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#3 TJR

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 05:34 PM

BRIAN;
I THINK YOU MIGHT HAVE HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD WHEN YOU SAID THAT YOU ALSO BISQUE IN THE SAME KILN. I ALSO DO THIS AT CONE 06, BUT I TRY TO KEEP ALL THE UNFIRED GREENWARE ON THE BOTTOM, AND DON'T HAVE GLAZE WARE ON THE SAME SHELF. I HAVE NOTICED IN THE PAST THAT RED GLAZES DO NOT LIKE THE OFF GASSING FROM BISQUE. THE ONLY OTHER IDEA IS AS NEIL SAYS, YOUR GLAZE HAS SETTLED OUT.
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oops, had caps lock on the entire time. Sorry
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#4 Elmoclayman

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 10:11 AM

I think I may have figured it out. I think its a combination of the glaze settling out as well as adding a little too much water to the slightly thick glaze. I am going to try having the students put an extra coat on and see if that helps.

@TJR I usually have a shelf dedicated to the glazed projects and then the bisque-ware on separate shelves. I am going to try the glazed ware on the top to see if this makes a difference.




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