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Stain Stains Mason Ferro Casting Slip Colored Body Vs. Better

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#1 cmayse

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 04:41 PM

I'm using mason stain for the first time to create a black slip. Currently I'm at 5% with 6600 black Mason stain, and my casting body is barely gray after testing. I'm doubtful that another 5% will do the trick.

A friend recently suggested that Ferro stains have a higher saturation, that they seem to be more concentrated, and that a person generally has to use less for the desired result. Does anyone know if there's any truth to this? And what stains do you prefer and why?

#2 Chris Campbell

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 05:02 PM

It will look grey before it is fired, but it is black.
I use the 6600 @ 6-8% all the time and get a great black when it's fired.

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 05:14 PM

It will look grey before it is fired, but it is black.
I use the 6600 @ 6-8% all the time and get a great black when it's fired.


That's what I thought, but after a bisque it's still pretty gray. Will it darken more if I test it to ^10?

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 07:11 PM

Yes. It will darken more the higher you fire ... But I usually use at least 6% ... Sometimes close to 8%.

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 10:40 AM

I should have mentioned that if you wet a piece that is bisque fired that will give you an idea of how dark it will get at Cone 6. It will get even darker above that temp.

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