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  1. I've always just let the wax dry then remove with water and a sponge. Maybe a little soap to be on the extra safe side.
  2. I use lusters all the time and am familiar with the cleaning process. I guess the process may be the same as underglaze decals as you mentioned though. : (
  3. Lusters have to be silkscreened. If they are done digitally and printed, it will not have the real luster appearance, rather just a yellow gold like color.
  4. Well there has to be something I'm missing. I mean I can't imagine you have to spread a large jar of luster on the screen to coat the decals. There's got to be a book or site that explains the process somewhere.
  5. Hello everyone! I've been doing a lot of research on silkscreen printing for underglaze decals but I'm not finding much of anything for how to make gold luster decals. I understand that with underglaze screen printing you pour the oil+underglaze onto of the silkscreen to color the decal, but how on earth is this achieved for gold luster decals? If anyone has some advice, books, sites, etc that I can read on how to make this, I would be so grateful! Casi
  6. thank you both so much! I learned a lot reading on your site Chris : )
  7. I have some commercial earthenware and I'm wanting to change the color of some of the clay to black so that I can marbleize the two colors together. Can I use mason stains in commercial clay? Is is possible to wedge in black underglaze?
  8. Are you serious!!! The smell is so intense I feel like I'm getting a disease from it! It's pretty gross. I don't think I could bare to open it to use it.
  9. I have a fairly new bottle of amaco white underglaze. I haven't used it in a few weeks and when I went to get it I noticed through the bottle that the color was a grayish color. I shook it up, thinking it just needed a good shake. The gray color remained so I opened the bottle and the most awful sulfur smell came out. My entire studio smells horrible. Why did this happen? I keep all glazes inside. I've never had this happen before and I've used this same underglaze in the past. Thoughts?
  10. I recently started using duncan premium gold luster on some of my pieces. I'm finding that there is confusing information about the fumes, both before and during firing, and whether or not it is toxic to breathe. According to dogwoodceramics.com "Health & Safety 1. Overglazes contain solvents and should be used in a well-ventilated area. Those susceptible to odors (such as pregnant women) should be especially careful to work only in areas with an adequate ventilation system. During firing, odors are not dangerous but can be offensive. These odors quickly leave the area; however, you should not work in the kiln area during firing. 2. Duncan Overglazes can be used on surfaces that come into contact with food and drink. Care must be taken to avoid hard scrubbing when washing overglazed ware, because of the possibility of scraping off the thin layer of metal or luster. Treat your overglazed pieces as you would fine china. Although overglazed ware will take repeated washings in a dishwasher, the overglaze will eventually wear away. 3. Caution. Do not place pieces with metallic overglazes into a microwave oven. As with any metallic surface, they could cause sparks." ============================= I apply outside, and though the smell is apparent, it is not overbearing..keep in mind I'm only accenting with the gold. Should I be wearing a mask while applying? What about during firing? I only go outside to turn the kiln up so I'm in contact with the fumes 99.9% of the time. So what are your thoughts? I've now read that the fumes are VERY dangerous and that the fumes are not dangerous. Will like to hear your thoughts on this. Thanks, Casi
  11. Okay I'll move the mold indoors with a fan on it. : )
  12. 150F is too hot. It will degrade the plaster. Per manufacturer's recommendations, stay below 120F. Dry, moving air is more important than heat. It's practically already 90 degrees outside here in Houston. I'll just be on the safe side and let it dry naturally for another week. Very good tip though!
  13. Okay thanks everyone...I was pretty sure it was too soon to pour but just had to ask from more experienced potters. Thanks again!!
  14. Hello again! I made a two piece mold, the size is 5x5. I am wondering how long do I need to wait before I can pour it? I have had it outside in the bright sun for the past 4 days, though the plaster still feels a little moist. I'm really anxious to pour it!!
  15. My crazing is OVER!!!!! I went back to using my local slip and it worked!! My pieces are perfectly craze free : ) Thank you everyone for the advice!!
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