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#1 Biglou13

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 12:20 PM

so today i decided to finally jump in and mix my first (almost) now full +  5 gal bucket of glaze

I was making smaller quantities and using a hand held mixer.  Making 5 gal with paint mixer different story!

 

its a variation on the cherry shino by john britt aslo posted in cad 33 tried and true.....

 

lesson 1

pay attention to what your measuring.    i mistakenly measured out one dry ingredient for another.   not a losss... had enough ingredients on hand to make larger batch.   so my 7500 gm batch is now a 13200 gm batch

 

lesson 2

soda ash makes rocks if not mixed immediately makes rocks  (guess I’m slaking).

Internet search in hindsight reveals mix soda ash in water quantity mix well immediately strain/seive and repeat if necessary.  I think ill use smaller quant of water and mix with high speed hand mixer  (blunge if you will) next time

 

Lesson 3

A clean pickle bucket is never really clean. So being frugal I got free to $2 pickle buckets for dry storage and glaze mixing,   these have been outside catching rain water, drained, sun dried multiple cycles.  I think they are still a bit acid inspite.  The soda ash bubbled a bit when making glaze.

?did I screw up glaze?


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#2 neilestrick

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 01:14 PM

Soda ash will cause bubbles in the glaze if mixed too vigorously. This is very common with shino type glazes. Your buckets are clean enough.


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Posted 18 December 2013 - 02:44 PM

If you strain out the soda ash , heat a small amt of water(maybe 1/2 cup) to dissolve the soda ash, not a big prob. Yea bubbles and soda ash from mixing. We all have flipped numbers from time to time, Welcome to the bucket brigade. :)

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#4 Bob Coyle

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 03:27 PM

One thing I do that helps me is to put a big x beside the glaze material I just added. I did that after too many times being distracted when mixing a batch and couldn,t remember where I left off.



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Posted 18 December 2013 - 03:42 PM

I agree the pickle buckets are fine- shino and bubbles are very common

The only down side to opickle buckets is they always smell of pickles.

Mark


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Posted 18 December 2013 - 05:20 PM

After my first misadventure mixing glazes, I did not see a live insect in my studio for two years. Always a learning experience.
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Posted 18 December 2013 - 05:40 PM

In undergrad we kept the dolomite in a pickle bucket. When I got to grad school I thought it was odd that the dolomite had no odor when I opened the bucket!


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Posted 19 December 2013 - 12:16 AM

Neal aka "dolomite" Estrick?..........

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#9 Marcia Selsor

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 08:48 AM

I always write down the recipe and check off each ingredient just to keep it straight.

Soda Ash is one of those ingredients that takes extra care/time.

 

Marcia






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