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  1. thanks a ton. That is so helpful. I will now test both. I haven't heard of 'fish sauce'... but it could well be. A friend sent the recipe without the zircopax, and I saw the other on CAD as well as pinterest…. Thank heaven for this forum!
  2. Thanks Bill. I'm guessing the colorant aspect of zircopax would be white? and no harm done if its left out? I certainly have zircopax, but just confused why one recipe had it, and one did not. I am more interested in 'sculpting' or doing raised patterns with the slip than coloring ...... or using it as an engobe, or terra sig..... I liked the fact this slip fires at various temps, and 'sticks to anything'!
  3. I am experimenting with different slip recipes and have a question - "stick to Anything White Slip" calls for zircopax. Is this necessary? I have another version of the recipe that does not include zircopax. This is for use over stoneware clay to create some texture by layering. Another question about this slip : It looks like I can add colorants but does that mean oxides as well as stains? Any help/suggestions are hugely appreciated!
  4. Min, thank you for the link. It didnt show on any of my searches for lustre or over glaze.... This looks promising.
  5. Yes yes yes! Me and glazes.......its a sad tale!! Hence the lustre. It may be a way to save pots I like, but glazes gone very wrong....
  6. Oh - got it. Not quite what I was looking for, but I will get a book or two and see how this works on ceramics, and rough surfaces. Thanks for pointing me in this direction - it would never have occured to me.... (!)
  7. china paints....?? Thanks - looking up right now.
  8. I'm looking for lustre glazes and all I can find are the very obvious gold, platinum etc. The most subtle is mother of pearl. Is there a way to make a metallic overglaze? All my glaze recipes are Cone 6-7. I want to OVER-GLAZE these with some metallic colors. ANY ideas??? Does anyone work with lustre glazing ? (I think of Lustre as in Alan Craiger Smith's work....and the like....) I am not trying for that level of lustre and tin glazes etc. That is well beyond my scope. A company called ARTE FO has some amazing "Effect" glaze colors, but these go on bisque. This may sound te
  9. I'll check on the spodumene and lithium - and make a note of both points ! The rubbing alcohol is what I tried before... I used a solution - and will try it neat and diluted. thanks for the tip about vinegar as well. What a relief, I can go ahead with glazing!!! THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.
  10. My new batch of glaze has a lot of bubbles - Just on the surface. I've stirred it over a few days, but they are still there. Very evident when I dip test tiles. I had this issue before, and found a suggestion to spray a mixture of alcohol and water on the surface. Or could it be vinegar and water? ?? In either case I cant remember the proportions. Any ideas to solve this problem? Many thanks.
  11. Yes, most things are available, but the quality is uncertain. And being new at this, I have no way of telling what it should be. I would like matte glazes. Yest, the original is matte, though the pieces near the flame were quite glossy. I quit trying reduction as the glazes werent working, and I figured getting the hang of kiln and the firing process should come first. (1st time i've fired this kiln with some sense of control....) so maybe I'll try reduction after I get my glazes set up. Everything came out great today - again a first! The Amaco glazes (i have a couple of
  12. How wonderful to wake up to so many replies. I will call my supplier today and get details on the feldspar.. I have 4 different frits - equivalents of Ferro 3195, 3134, (which I believe is a 'boron frit",) 3124 and 3110. These are sold under the manufacturer's 'code', and some of the ferro frits are grouped /lumped together as one. (Ferro 3110, and 4110 are sold as one. Ferro 3134, 4108, 4144 are grouped as one.) I have both 3134 and 3124 which are labeled as Calcium Borate frits, and have the same temperature references. I dont know what makes them different, but I have smaller qua
  13. thank you. Good start. I will look up silica/magnesium proportions and see if I find anything meaningful!
  14. Can someone help me resolve glaze problems please? Several firings and tests later, I am still unable to get a good base glaze. Yes, new at all this,. Besides working in a remote area in the mountains in India. Some of the materials have been a problem. I paid for a ceramicist specializing in glazes to come to help. After two weeks of work, I have one glaze base that works, but still needs to go to 1265C. NOT the cone 6 I wanted. I have about 8 base recipes that are of NO use to me . They all need to go to 1280C - Now that I know my potash feldspar was defective, I wil
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