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  1. I need someone who can create custom mold of Dreamworks movie characters (approved by Dreamworks) and pour and fire 150-250 pieces of each mold. Does anyone in this forum make their own molds? If this is an opportunity you would be interested in, please contact me at sgk@potteryawesomeness.com
  2. Hi Min, I've seen those Amaco ones. But, $25 for 4 oz!!! No way. I'm hoping to make my own, I'm just not sure where to begin. I'd really like to add glass, but I'd like to know what kind of glass chips I need. I have washed the "crystals" from the duncan commercial glazes and they are indeed crushed glass... but not all glass is the same I'm sure... Just hoping someone could throw me some pointers to get me started. Thank you!
  3. Neilestrick, thanks for responding. I found a post on here from someone that explains how to make the glaze chunks that you can use. I'm definitely going to try this. I also want to use the frit though. HI've also seen posts on how to crush your own frit, but what kind of glass do I start with? How do I find glass/frit that will melt at the right temperature? Most of my stuff is cone 06. The only other mentions of trying to find the frit yourself is to "make sure the frit you use melts at the right temperature". At which point in the firing process is the frit supposed to melt?
  4. Can a glaze expert answer this? What are the crystals in those commercial glazes? I want to experiment with my own, but I don't know where to begin. After rinsing the crystals in the commercial glazes, they appear to be broken glass, but surely that's not it. Can someone illuminate this for me? I'm a novice at making my own glazes... Thank you!
  5. you guys are the best. I love that... "experiment, but protect".
  6. Min, You are amazing! Thank you for explaining! For the mugs, was it earthenware or stoneware? I guess it had to be a clay meant for high fire, right? Since you fired to cone 6? And, was the clear glaze a high fire glaze? I have learned a lot from this situation, but have basically learned how much I don't know (A LOT). So, I appreciate everyone's willingness on this forum to share their years of experience and knowledge. I am truly grateful! I would like to experiment with some of my underglazes and then firing to cone 6, but I am worried about firing the bisque I have,
  7. one more question. If I do the writing in a high fire black glaze, let it dry, then glaze the whole thing with a clear high fire glaze, then fire it to cone 6, will that work? I'm sorry for all the questions. High fire is very new to me.
  8. OOps. Here it is: Can I use low fire glazes on Stoneware Bisque? Yes, except for clear glaze. Clear glaze will craze on Stoneware Bisque. You can apply some low-fire glazes to Stoneware Bisque and fire to Cone 6. Check your low fire glaze label for results at Cone 6. Alternately, you can fire the Stoneware Bisque to Cone 6 without any color, apply low-fire glazes, and fire the glazes to Cone 06. You will notice the color takes longer to dry with this method, as the Stoneware Bisque does not absorb any moisture from the low fire glaze.
  9. I just found this. Which method do you guys recommend. The firing of the unglazed stoneware to cone 6, then applying low-fire underglazes and glazes and firing again sounds like the safest method. What do you guys think??
  10. Hi again! Yes, this is low-fire bisque. I'm not sure to what cone it was bisqued. I will call the supplier to find out. That is good to know about the fact that low fire clear glazes will craze over time. Clearly that is not a product that a restaurant would be interested in. I would like to use earthenware bisque for this order, but i don't make pottery myself and don't know much about high fire. Could I still use low fire underglaze under a high fire clear glaze and have it turn out? What would be the best method to get the result in the above photo, i.e. hand-painted text unde
  11. Alright you guys! I am at my whits end. I ordered a new, different clear glaze and new plates and I did the shock testing that Min suggested. Check this out. I put it in the oven for 20 minutes at 300 degrees, then put it in a bath of cold water. It IMMEDIATELY crazed. I am so stressed!! I will call the glaze and bisque manufacturer this week, but I have an order of 24 plates to deliver to this restaurant and don't know what to do! I have never made my own glaze before but if this glaze is as worthless as it appears, I am willing to try. I just need a food safe clear glaze. Please
  12. Thank you so much for your responses. I am going to do some serious testing AND call my supplier. I have never seen this happen on any of my other pieces, so it's really confusing to me!! I will let you know what I find out. Thank you again for your help!!
  13. hi experts! Please help! One of my customers just sent me a picture of the plate that I hand-painted for them. They said they never used the dishwasher or microwave and were very gentle with it when hand washing and only used it for cold desserts. Please see the attached pictures. The cracking that you are seeing is on a plain rim dinner plate from bisque imports with only the Duncan Pure Brilliance clear overglaze on it. Why would this have happened? I will say that I had not sieved my dipping glaze in several months and when I did it was seriously clumpy and the sieve got clo
  14. I was using masking tape to mask an area and put it under a heat lamp to speed my process, but managed to melt a little of the adhesive onto the bisque. Do I need to fire the plate once with the underglaze to get the adhesive off and then add the clear glaze? Do I need to treat this adhesive like wax? You can see the adhesive in the picture below. I attempted scraping it off and was able to get some of it up, but not all. THANK YOU!
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