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Glaze Application - Cracks

16 August 2016 - 04:11 PM

I have just poured the inside of a stoneware cylinder (test piece bisqued to 1000oC) with a transparent glaze that crawled horribly in a previous batch. This is a commercially mixed dipping glaze - very reliable by all accounts! Following advice here and elsewhere I let it stand and drew the excess water off the top. The glaze is now like pouring cream consistency. 100ml weighs 153g. I've poured the inside - about 3 seconds. As it dried the glaze cracked - see photo. What does this indicate? Can I just finger-sand it and dip the outside or am I destined for more disappointment?

Substitute For Lead Bisilicate

07 July 2016 - 03:01 AM

I have a low fire transparent glaze recipe that makes a nice glossy glaze with a good colour response to various oxides. It has crazed slightly and would be even better for me if that didn't happen.
I know the lead bisilicate helps with the colour response but am not sure about sticking with this as my 'go to' recipe because of the lead.
This is for use on a smooth, white earthenware, sometimes just as a transparent over underglazes or oxide washes, but also as a base with oxide/stain additions.

Can anyone suggest a possible substitute? And if it helps with crazing that would be even better! I know I'll have to re-test, but a starting point would be helpful.
The recipe is -
Lead bisilicate 65
Whiting 10
Potash feldspar 15
China clay 10

Bisque Firing ?temperature Reached

19 December 2015 - 04:41 AM

Good morning all! Just opened my small electric kiln after a bisque firing. It was programmed - 100oC per hr to 600oC then 200oC per hour to 1000oC. I had 03 04 05 cones in a pack (really needed 04-05-06 but had this one to hand) on the bottom shelf and an 04 mini bar in the kiln sitter.

The temperature was rising as expected early on, but slowed down at the upper end, so overall took about 10 hrs. No error message on the programmer.

The work appears bisqued, but none of the cones, nor the minibar have changed in the slightest!
Some small test pieces were glazed (Once fire) on one 1/2 with a low fire transparent (matures at 06-05) which looks fine.

Any suggestions as to what is happening here?

Is there anything I need to consider when glazing these pieces - all will be transparent, shiny glaze.Attached File  image.jpg   96.43KB   2 downloadsAttached File  image.jpg   194.13KB   1 downloads

How To Reveal Lace Texture

09 December 2015 - 04:00 AM

I have made some simple, small cut out Xmas tree decorations with lace texture on one half, plain on the other with a word stamped - 'tree' 'holly' 'start' etc. on the plain half. I use white earthenware (unglazed) and I gift them to friends and family. My daughter said it would be nice to have the lace texture showing up more and without wanting to introduce a colour with an underglaze I've wondered if there is a way of doing it with a silver or gold effect.

I'm also working on some wedding favours following a similar idea, for my neice, so silver would work well for this too. Pic of unfired examples below. (2 1/2" - 4" tall)

Does anyone have a suggestion as to products out there that would achieve this - available in the UK if poss. In an ideal world to use before the bisque so they only need one firing, but not necessarily so!Attached File  image.jpg   118.43KB   11 downloads

Urgent Help! Electric Kiln Error / Mistake?

08 November 2015 - 04:21 AM

Had a full glaze load in my Nabertherm electric kiln (my first glaze firing in it). Programmed to 1200oC with a 10 minute soak at the top. However, without me realising it has sat at 861oC for the last 12 hours! I don't know why it has held there, but I suspect I somehow put in a different program number (previous owner used it for onglaze firing and there was a program set for this) and not the one I'd set for my firing. I now have to wait for it to cool to see the damage. Or do in need to let it cool at all?

Any advice on what to do next? Can I just start it again and go to 1200oC or will that total up to too much heat work???