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Bisque Firing And Glazing At The Same Time?

28 November 2014 - 08:24 PM


I have heard some people bisque fire to cone 04 and glaze (if their glaze is also cone 04) at the same time;


I bought some Mayco elements to try, and it is Cone 06 to cone 6; but I have never used it, and DO plan on experimenting - for those that have fired and glazed at the same time, what has your experience been with this?


I have glazed for example at the same time when clear glazing the inside of vases and things like that, but have never tried it using a colored glaze?


Any pros and cons I need to be aware of?  Is this totally a bad idea to glaze with elements glaze and fire to cone 04 with bisque firing and the glaze firing occurring at the same time?

Another Jewelry Question....

11 November 2014 - 01:46 PM


I just started making some jewelry, and I am really confused as to some information I received from the art guild downtown.  What I asked was:  is there anything I can do (type of clay, firing, etc) to make my pieces stronger.....


I am used to slab building, and very new to jewelry; what I was told was to fire my jewelry pieces at a higher cone temp.  The higher the cone temp, the "stronger" and more durable my piece.  Is that true?


Meaning, if I am used to firing at cone 04, if I take the same type of clay, say B-Mix and it is capable at firing up to cone 4 - instead of firing my jewelry at cone 04 and fire it at cone 4, will the piece actually be stronger than if I had fired it at cone 04?  If so, why?


thank you!