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Brandon Franks

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  1. So, I only have Standard clay around me. I am thinking this: https://standardceramic.com/collections/clay/products/257-grolleg-porcelain-clay Do you also think that is a suitable clay? Thanks, Brandon
  2. Oh, one thing. I need to get Manganese Dioxide, but I have no idea what mesh size to get. Do I just use 365 mesh?
  3. Hey, I need to get a good clay for doing Macrocrystilline. The company I intern for uses a white stoneware for their crystalline pottery, but I know, traditionally, it is done on porcelain. Does anyone have any clay tips, I only have Standard clay available to me. I will be firing to ^9/10 Thanks!
  4. Awesome, thanks. I will probably try it with that color you suggested, and will look on their website to find other capable ones too. Thanks, Brandon
  5. Okay, thanks. I never used stains before because I though that oxides, carbonates (etc...) were always easier and more natural. Thanks, Brandon
  6. I was looking at this glaze and it calls for 10% green mason stain. If I were to use a red or blue mason stain in equal proportions, would the glaze come out the same, just a different color? Here's the recipe- https://glazy.org/recipes/30128 Thanks, Brandon
  7. I got 108. It has a hell lot of grog, but is really fun and easy to throw with. Thanks for the tip, Brandon
  8. I rule is to not eat on an unglazed surface that has colorants on it.
  9. I haven't used cobalt oxide, but for my blue slip, I use 97.5% porcelain and 2.5% cobalt carb. I put sodium silicate in and find that it works really well. The water ration for this slip never matters as long as it isn't super, super fluid. I used to just do oxide+water on leather hard pieces, but find the slips to work much better.
  10. I make my colored slips using oxides. Example, my blue slip is 97.5% Porcelain and 2.5% Cob. Carb. Black/dark red is 75% RIO, 25% Brown/red clay. I hav found these to last longer then mason stain slips and produce better colors. You can alter colors by adding different oxides. I also put small amounts of Sodium Silicate, (Any deflocculant should work,) in my slips, I find that the PH reduces the amount of bacterial growth. It's all about what works best for you. Now, for your issue. You are probably storing your slips in a container that isn't 100% sealed. Mason jars always work best for me. I have never had an issue with evaporation or slips going bad. Try glass or thick plastic containers with airtight lids. Try to fire them, they might come out the correct color, just be the wrong color before fired?
  11. Hey guys, I'm heading to Ceramic Supply in about two hours and was wondering what the best cone 10 clay body is for using in both OX/RED? Any experience or ideas of what to get? I prefer Iron-rich bodies, but if there is a better whiter body, please do tell. I was thinking 306, 278, or 108. Again, I have no experience with any of these. Thanks, Brandon
  12. June Perry Pink/ pink(with crome) has been a great base for layering. If you don't mind me asking, is that top glaze your recipe, or in a book? It looks fantastic, but can't find it in a glaze book.
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