Dipping Vs Brushing Glaze
Posted 28 August 2013 - 04:02 PM
Posted 28 August 2013 - 04:13 PM
Dooarts... the thickness of glaze application through dipping depends on a number of factors... including the specific gravity of the glaze, the dryness (or lack of) of your bisqueware or greenware, etc. etc.
As a generality, you'll have to work harder with brushing to achieve the same thickness... and equivalent evenness is even harder to achieve...
Posted 28 August 2013 - 04:37 PM
The thickness of the applied glaze on the pot will be the same, but in the bucket dipping glazes are generally thinner.
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 06:01 PM
My bad- sorry if I misunderstood your question!
Posted 28 August 2013 - 08:04 PM
Dipping is more even and faster to do, but you need a bucket of glaze rather than a jar.
Posted 28 August 2013 - 09:34 PM
Posted 29 August 2013 - 06:30 PM
This is not an easy answer unless you are talking about commercial brushing glazes.
IF you are then brushing is what the glaze is made to do that and thats what you should do.
If on the other hand you are thinking homemade glazes then usually dipping is thicker. When I want this I brush my homemade glaze on an area or spray it as all my buckets are adjusted for a quick dip for the right thickness.
Posted 29 August 2013 - 09:42 PM
Posted 29 August 2013 - 10:36 PM
Not sure about commercial glazes . . . I'm having difficulty figuring out how to dip a mug or plate in a 2 oz. or 1 pint container of glaze. And, I agree the glaze in those containers is usually too thick for dipping without thinning. Sometimes even too thick for brushing without thinning. I'm afraid this is headed to one of those discussions of flocculating and deflocculating glazes . . . where you add an ingredient that makes a glaze thicker or thinner without adding water . . . just making it more or less viscous. For the two commercial glazes I use, I buy in dry form (15 to 25 lbs. at time) and mix for dipping like my other glazes.
Posted 30 August 2013 - 07:15 AM
I just add enough water to get it thin enough to pour or brush since I haven't a clue about deflocculating and such. I figure with water if I get it too thin I can always let it settle then decant off the excess adding chemicals well I'm not sure you can come back from that.
Posted 30 August 2013 - 10:07 AM
I used to use amaco glazes in the pint jars at the HS. In the beginning we did mostly brushing, but then as I started transitioning into dry glazes because of price and shipping costs we started dipping. so here I had a mix of two types of glazes of the same glaze often. We watered down the bottled glaze to the same consistency as the dipping glazes and never looked back.
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Posted 30 August 2013 - 01:55 PM
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