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#1 jrgpots

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 11:09 PM

Last night I was hovering over my 55 gal drum as  flames shoot into the air.  The heat was intense as dry tumbleweeds burst into flame.  For about two hours I stuffed tumbleweed after tumbleweed into the conflagration as they joined in  the sacrificial flames of night.........I really enjoyed it. It is a great yearly ritual.   Every year I get thousands of tumbleweeds in my yard with the wind. They end up burning in the drum.   I have about 10 inches of ash in the bottom of the drum this AM. 

 

It makes a beatiful green "celadon-like" transparent glaze with custer feldspar or granite dust at cone 6 oxidation...

 

I am willing to give away some of this Great resource of the SouthWest to anyone who might want to try it out.  If interested, drop me a E-mail.  Otherwise, I wil continue to stock pile.

 

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Posted 26 February 2014 - 05:09 AM

Last night I was hovering over my 55 gal drum as  flames shoot into the air.  The heat was intense as dry tumbleweeds burst into flame.  For about two hours I stuffed tumbleweed after tumbleweed into the conflagration as they joined in  the sacrificial flames of night.........I really enjoyed it. It is a great yearly ritual.   Every year I get thousands of tumbleweeds in my yard with the wind. They end up burning in the drum.   I have about 10 inches of ash in the bottom of the drum this AM. 
 
It makes a beatiful green "celadon-like" transparent glaze with custer feldspar or granite dust at cone 6 oxidation...
 
I am willing to give away some of this Great resource of the SouthWest to anyone who might want to try it out.  If interested, drop me a E-mail.  Otherwise, I wil continue to stock pile.
 
Jed


What's your ash glaze recipe?
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Posted 26 February 2014 - 07:58 AM

There are some towns being buried by tumbleweeds. You should let them know what to do with them.
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Posted 26 February 2014 - 08:11 PM


Jed

What's your ash glaze recipe?
I used Frasca wood ash glaze from ceramic arts daily, dropping the flint:
Tumblewood ash 66 (%)
Pot feldspar. 11
Whiting. 11
Ball clay. 11
Plus copper carb. 4%


Now I'm using local feldspar that I have ball milled. I call it "mountain feldspar."

I'm line testing right now using 5 tiles. I have no idea if it will work.

Tile 1. Mountain Feldspar 70 (gm)
Tumbleweed ash. 30
Whiting. 20
EPK 20

Tile 2. Mountain feldspar 60
Tumbleweed ash. 40
Whiting. 20
EPK. 20

Tile 3. Mountain feldspar 50
Tumblweed ash. 50
Whiting. 20
EPK. 20

Tile 4. Mountain feldspar 40
Tumbleweed ash. 60
Whiting. 20
EPK. 20

Tile 5 Mountain feldspar 30
Tumbleweed ash. 70
Whiting. 20
EPK. 20

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Posted 26 February 2014 - 08:23 PM

Biglou,
Are you going to post pics of the tiles?
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Posted 26 February 2014 - 08:43 PM

Biglou,Are you going to post pics of the tiles?marcia

1. I'm not jrg
2. Jrg stop teasing post the tiles (please)

I have a ash glaze per John b. That's in early test stage.
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Posted 26 February 2014 - 09:48 PM

JRG, can I stop by and visit the next time we drive to Vegas??

 

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Posted 26 February 2014 - 10:55 PM

Biglou,Are you going to post pics of the tiles?marcia

1. I'm not jrg
2. Jrg stop teasing post the tiles (please)
I have a ash glaze per John b. That's in early test stage.

The tiles should be done in 2 days. I will post asap. Sorry for the teasing

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Posted 26 February 2014 - 10:56 PM

JRG, can I stop by and visit the next time we drive to Vegas??
 
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sure

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 06:56 AM

First of all, lgrpots, I am fascinated that there is so much tumbleweed...is there a story behind the first time that you thought of using the ash from you annual ritual to make a glaze?

 

Here in the South, if we could just make a similar discovery with omnipresent Kudzu vines... :huh:

 

'looking forward to seeing your test results,

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 12:43 PM

I live in a new subdevision where there are more empty lots than houses. We are surrounded by thousands of acres of tumbleweed. When the wind blows, the tumbleweeds collect inside my backyard. Officially, we can start burning March 8th. But we are getting buried alive already.

I have wondered if there would be ceramic market interest for this stuff. Could you imagine setting up a business plan to collect, burn, sieve, and sell tumbleweed ash.

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 03:02 PM

Jed,

 

In Japan.... there ARE ashmakers that support the pottery field. Different world there.

 

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 03:23 PM

I think the market for tumbleweed ash is very small and really not worth your time.

On another note this years tumbleweed growth is at an all time high I read more and larger than in many years.It was even on the national news .

You can read abut this in the tumbleweed gazette paper.(just joking on the gazette part)

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 06:32 PM

Jed,
 
In Japan.... there ARE ashmakers that support the pottery field. Different world there.
 
best,
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I thought I was doing something new. You have said that most glazes are just remaking of older glazes. It turns out that my current glaze recipe could be classified as a Nuka glaze variant. But I am using my own feldspar which I collected and mall milled. I should have pics of tiles after this week's kiln firing.

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 11:26 PM

Curious how these came out! :-)

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 10:31 AM

Curious how these came out! :-)

 

^^^^

 

yeah whay he said!


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 09:03 PM

The kiln gods have not been kind to me this week.  I fired my test tile to cone 6.  I thought there would be enough flux in the ash to melt the glaze.  But that was not the case.  None of them melted, even the high ash mix.  To make matters worse, I used cone 6 clay test tiles, so I can't just refire to cone 10.  

 

Well.......... I need to add flux.  I  have  Gerstley borate, Spodumene, and  frit 3124.  Any suggestions?

 

My test tile had 30, 40, 50, 60, and 70 gm feldspar and matching tumble weed ash to total 100 gm. (for example 30 feldspar, 70 ash)

                         whiting 20 gm

                         EPK     20 gm

 

I really like the third tile from the left since it crackled well.  It would be nice over a darker glaze.

 

This is what I get for wanting to show off to you Biglou.

 

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 10:50 PM

wonder how this glaze would go over an iron rich glaze at C6



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Posted 04 March 2014 - 10:55 PM

I'll let you know when I get it to melt.

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 04:48 AM

I'll let you know when I get it to melt.

Jed

Try it unmelting, maybe it will be interesting!






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