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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from 2Relaxed in Looking To Start Mixing My Own Glazes   
    So I might be a bit different here. But when testing someone else's recipe: I start with half the water compared to the recipe. So say a 200g batch would start with 100ml of water. I also don't measure SG until I have used the glaze a lot and I know the consistency I want to use it at. I find it's a waste of time to measure it before you know how you want it and if your even going to use it in the future. A lot of test come out awful.
     
    After I have mixed up the glaze batch into 100ml of water, I slowly add more small amounts of water to the mix until I feel it is a really thick but mixed consistency. I stick my finger in the test batch to see if it is nice and blended. If it isn't I continue mixing until it is. Usually I run my stick blender for a good minute in a 200g batch, sometimes more.
     
    Once the glaze is mixed up to a smooth thick consistency I put the lid on and let the the glaze sit over night, I find that the glaze will thicken over night as the clay absorbs the water. It is too thick to use at this point. The next day I get some water and the stick blender and I start adding water and blending it as I add the water slowly. Eventually I will get the glaze to the consistency I think is right for the test dip. I usually still leave it slightly thicker. A lot of the times I will test multiple thicknesses with a single dip on multiple tiles, because that is usually how you dip pieces. So I will dip the tile in a pretty thick glaze mix for 3 seconds. Then I will thin the glaze slightly more with a little more water, and dip a different tile. Continue until the glaze is what most would consider a normal dipping consistency, I go with what Neil says, a chocolate milk consistency. So sometimes I will have 2-4 tiles of the same glaze all dipped for 3 seconds with different thicknesses. You could measure the SG's of each consistency at this step, but if you hate the glaze you just spent a lot of time measuring SG's that you might not even use. 
     
    I then fire those tiles. If I like the results of one of the tiles enough I will glaze the inside and outside of a small cup that fits in the 200g batch container. Depending on which application you liked the most, thickest or thinnest you can hold the piece in longer to sort of get the same results. Fire this 2nd piece. 
     
    If you like the results of the 2nd piece then make a batch large enough to dip a full mug or small bottle. Somewhere around 1500g depending on the glaze, let sit overnight and add water next day.
     
    Mix to the consistency that you liked, but leave it on the slightly thicker side. Measure SG. Glaze and fire a pot. After this you can compare this result to the tiles and 1st cup you fired, thin to the consistency you think you need. Measure SG, glaze pot, fire pot. If happy, note SG on the bucket and your good to go for the rest of your life with this glaze. You know the SG it should be for a production batch and you can manipulate it in the bucket to get the SG you need if the glaze changes over time in the bucket. 
     
    I don't do any of this anymore since I spray all my glazes now, but this is how I used to do it. I found just adding water until it a set SG was hit caused a lot of problems for me. Also SG varies immensely for each glaze depending on the clay in the recipe. So just picking some random SG to shoot for didn't really work well for me. That is why fired so many test before I started measuring SG. Because I didn't want to just think the SG was right the first time, and mix a large batch and it be too watery or something. 
     
    I don't know if this is a complicated way to do things or not, but when you just mix a glaze to an ideal consistency the first time you could be missing a lot of great information about a thick application of that glaze on a tile. Maybe it has bubbles suspended in the glaze that you might want on a piece. Maybe in a thick application it forms spots or drips in a really pretty manner. Maybe it becomes glossier. Maybe it becomes opaque. Who knows!, but it is interesting to see the differences when making a new glaze of all the different thicknesses. If your already going through the trouble to test a glaze, at least test it in as many ways as you can quickly test.
     
    Some people might say to just dip the thin glaze multiple times, but I find that sometimes that can be different than a big juicy dip for 3 seconds. 
     
    Anyways. Just my two cents. The reading of this method is probably longer than the actual method itself. 
     
    Also, if you have different firing profiles. It is worth glazing double the set of tiles and then firing the second in your slow cooling profile later, glazes can be drastically different between slow cool and fast cool.
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    Joseph Fireborn reacted to EliseR in Quick Question: Sea Shells - Cone 6 - Which Type?   
    I finally got around to trying this and I'm pretty happy with the result. I have to admit that I basically used a pot that I didn't care too much about so that it wouldn't be a big loss. I would like to maybe create a shape that would allow for even more contact between shells and pot so that there is more of an effect?  The shells I used were scallops, and I would like to try this with some other shell shapes.... 

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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from Hulk in What’s on your workbench?   
    Lots and lots of test tiles. 
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from dhPotter in What’s on your workbench?   
    Lots and lots of test tiles. 
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from curt in Ian Currie Test Tiles Forums?   
    This group hasn't posted anything in over a YEAR!? 
    I just remembered this thread! I should have some new results to post soon.
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Quick Question: Sea Shells - Cone 6 - Which Type?   
    Hey LeeU,
    I always stop by and read forums every few weeks. My life has just been a whirlwind in the last year or so. New kid, new job, covid, and a bunch of other nonsense. I still make pots here and there, but as always everytime I try to get started to go into production mode something else comes up!
    I am currently working on some new glazes and changing aesthetic from my white glaze black slip work that I have been doing to something similar but different. 
    This thread was good because it reminded me I want to side fire these pots!
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from LeeU in Quick Question: Sea Shells - Cone 6 - Which Type?   
    Hey LeeU,
    I always stop by and read forums every few weeks. My life has just been a whirlwind in the last year or so. New kid, new job, covid, and a bunch of other nonsense. I still make pots here and there, but as always everytime I try to get started to go into production mode something else comes up!
    I am currently working on some new glazes and changing aesthetic from my white glaze black slip work that I have been doing to something similar but different. 
    This thread was good because it reminded me I want to side fire these pots!
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from Hulk in Quick Question: Sea Shells - Cone 6 - Which Type?   
    Hey LeeU,
    I always stop by and read forums every few weeks. My life has just been a whirlwind in the last year or so. New kid, new job, covid, and a bunch of other nonsense. I still make pots here and there, but as always everytime I try to get started to go into production mode something else comes up!
    I am currently working on some new glazes and changing aesthetic from my white glaze black slip work that I have been doing to something similar but different. 
    This thread was good because it reminded me I want to side fire these pots!
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Quick Question: Sea Shells - Cone 6 - Which Type?   
    @EliseR
    Hello. I am just replying here so that it keeps the content public. The results went well. I bought two large boxes of shells that are flat from a dealer that someone messaged me about on Instagram a year or so ago. The shells are nice and stinky from the ocean. The marks turn out very nice, however, the flashing depends on the glaze you use and it's sensitivity to additional flux.
    Here are some pictures of the marks : 
     
     
     
     
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    Joseph Fireborn reacted to LeeU in Quick Question: Sea Shells - Cone 6 - Which Type?   
    Hope you keep popping in from time to time/me-with pics & a little commentary of course.
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from LeeU in Quick Question: Sea Shells - Cone 6 - Which Type?   
    @EliseR
    Hello. I am just replying here so that it keeps the content public. The results went well. I bought two large boxes of shells that are flat from a dealer that someone messaged me about on Instagram a year or so ago. The shells are nice and stinky from the ocean. The marks turn out very nice, however, the flashing depends on the glaze you use and it's sensitivity to additional flux.
    Here are some pictures of the marks : 
     
     
     
     
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from EliseR in Quick Question: Sea Shells - Cone 6 - Which Type?   
    Yes basically it depends on what part of the pot you use and how much it comes in contact with the shell, the pot is curved and the shell is curved, so the surface to shell contact isn't great unless the shell is massive. If you want bigger marks maybe break the shell so its more flat. I wasn't after huge marks just some interesting surface additions.
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from Babs in Quick Question: Sea Shells - Cone 6 - Which Type?   
    Yes basically it depends on what part of the pot you use and how much it comes in contact with the shell, the pot is curved and the shell is curved, so the surface to shell contact isn't great unless the shell is massive. If you want bigger marks maybe break the shell so its more flat. I wasn't after huge marks just some interesting surface additions.
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from Magnolia Mud Research in Quick Question: Sea Shells - Cone 6 - Which Type?   
    Yes basically it depends on what part of the pot you use and how much it comes in contact with the shell, the pot is curved and the shell is curved, so the surface to shell contact isn't great unless the shell is massive. If you want bigger marks maybe break the shell so its more flat. I wasn't after huge marks just some interesting surface additions.
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from Magnolia Mud Research in Quick Question: Sea Shells - Cone 6 - Which Type?   
    @EliseR
    Hello. I am just replying here so that it keeps the content public. The results went well. I bought two large boxes of shells that are flat from a dealer that someone messaged me about on Instagram a year or so ago. The shells are nice and stinky from the ocean. The marks turn out very nice, however, the flashing depends on the glaze you use and it's sensitivity to additional flux.
    Here are some pictures of the marks : 
     
     
     
     
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    Joseph Fireborn reacted to EliseR in Quick Question: Sea Shells - Cone 6 - Which Type?   
    Thanks for the update and pictures Joseph! Interesting results! I am a little surprised the marks aren't bigger, but I guess it depends on the size of the piece and the size of the shell, how much of the shell is in contact with the pot....  Can't wait to try it myself!
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from EliseR in Quick Question: Sea Shells - Cone 6 - Which Type?   
    @EliseR
    Hello. I am just replying here so that it keeps the content public. The results went well. I bought two large boxes of shells that are flat from a dealer that someone messaged me about on Instagram a year or so ago. The shells are nice and stinky from the ocean. The marks turn out very nice, however, the flashing depends on the glaze you use and it's sensitivity to additional flux.
    Here are some pictures of the marks : 
     
     
     
     
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in QotW: What is your latest company in the studio/shop while working?   
    I just open the garage door and listen to the birds lately. I watch my dog lay in the driveway getting too hot, then coming in the garage to cool down, then moving back to the driveway and repeating this all day. 
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from Smokey2 in So who needs a haircut besides me?   
    Buzzzzzz buzzzz every week here. Being bald has some benefits I guess.
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from Babs in Ian Currie Test Tiles Forums?   
    This group hasn't posted anything in over a YEAR!? 
    I just remembered this thread! I should have some new results to post soon.
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from Pres in So who needs a haircut besides me?   
    Buzzzzzz buzzzz every week here. Being bald has some benefits I guess.
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from neilestrick in So who needs a haircut besides me?   
    Buzzzzzz buzzzz every week here. Being bald has some benefits I guess.
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from Magnolia Mud Research in Ian Currie Test Tiles Forums?   
    This group hasn't posted anything in over a YEAR!? 
    I just remembered this thread! I should have some new results to post soon.
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from LeeU in Complete newbie with an absurd project   
    If you want to make them yourself then this is exactly what I would do:
    1. Call around local pottery places that have lessons/teaching.
    2. Tell them you only want to learn to throw a mug and nothing else in the most kind way possible as not to insult them, and that you have a final project in mind for your wedding. I would just have the handle extruded, this is plenty good and will make them match a lot better than learning to pull a handle on top of this project.
    3. After learning to throw a mug well enough to make you happy, show them this picture and then move into glazing.
    4. Make like 5 sets of these and then keep only the best one, hammer the rest and thank the teacher profusely. 
     
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    Joseph Fireborn reacted to AnnaVela in Bubbling glaze, re-firing and now more bubbles   
    Sounds great! I actually have a few different clay bodies, so I will test the glaze with all of them. I really like the look of speckled clay, but it’s very unpredictable, so I guess I’ll continue my search For a perfect speckled body.
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