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Soda Firing With Borax In The Mix.

01 February 2017 - 06:32 PM

I found a nice article about soda firing.   https://kazegama.com/soda/ but I am still looking for a good one that talks about borax (which also has sodium in it).


Here are some suggested mixtures for spraying attributed to Gail Nichols :

Here are a couple of mixtures for soda firings: 
36 Sodium Carbonate 
8 Potassium Carb. 
4 Lithium carb 
3 Borax 
48 Whiting 
1 Bentonite 

35.30 Soda Ash 
7.10 Pearl Ash 
4.50 Lithium carb. 
50.50 Whiting 
3.00 Borax 


The Nichols link didn't work where I took this thread from. Still looking for more articles.

Citizens Of Craft

19 January 2017 - 08:49 PM

The Citizens of Craft event is a national Canadian program celebrating diversity and creativity in the crafts. This part of the event is being held at the Alberta Craft Council's Feature Gallery in Edmonton. 15 Alberta artists (including ceramic artists) are taking part and the exhibit runs from Jan.21 to April 22, 2017. 

Visit www.citizensofcraft.ca  and  www.albertacraft.ab.ca/feature-gallery


Alberta Craft Council

10186-106 Street,

Edmonton, AB

T5J 1H4

Lithium Carbonate Subst. For Lepidolote

18 January 2017 - 12:59 PM

Dam battery industry- they're using up the lepidolite (or my local supplier just doesn't have any).

Anyways, I have a nice recipe for a crater glaze that I want to try but it calls for lepidolite (lithium bearing mica) & I can't get any now so.... I have a bucket of Li-carbonate. Any ideas for a substitution?

Clay Body Recycling

29 December 2016 - 11:27 AM

I just recycled some Plainsman H 550 and was planning to use it for a cone 9/10 soda firing. When I was mixing it up before putting back on a bat to dry, I added more kaolin and feldspar - the idea being to make it a bit more like porcelain. It throws very nicely but I wonder if I threw the chemistry off- i.e. not safe to fire at cone 9/10 in a soda kiln?

Southern Ice & Soda Kiln?

10 November 2016 - 11:19 PM

Anyone tried using southern ice with celadon glaze in a soda kiln? Is it still translucent? I've been googling it and saw some without glaze- just stayed white. Also saw what looked like translucent shino glazed southern ice but it just said reduction not soda.