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I am thinking about buying either MatrixV6 or Insight 2011-3 for windows7. They both look great, but previously I have always worked where the glazes were provided. I have just set up my own studio and this will be my first adventure into mixing my own soup. Thus, I don't have the hands on experience to really know what is important in comparing the two software packages. For a superior outcome, I am willing and able to spend more time learning. I will be doing cone 6 glazes in a gas kiln.:)

 

Any advice would be much appreciated.

 

Thanks Larry

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Larry,

 

If you are "just getting going" on the ideea of mixing glazes at your home strudio, you might not actually need to jump into molecular glaze calculation just yet.

 

It is admirable that you have that level of interest, but first maybe get some books on basic ceramic materials and glaze making. The first steps are simply a bit like cooking. Following exiting recipes......learning how to "bake the cake".

 

Once you have down that part, you might get to the point of modifying recipes or creationg new ones. That is where understanding stuff at the molecular level is important and software like Insight (my favorite) come in.

 

If you want to simply use the basic functions of a program like Insight .... searchable database of glazes, images of the glazes, retotaling recipes for different size batches, and so on, .......... that can certainly be done. And even the basic Level I of Insight wil serve you well in that aspect.

 

It will be something that you can grow into.

 

best,

 

..............john

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I'm a Hyperglaze fan myself, but used Matrix for a while and really liked it, too. Never been a big Insight fan. I agree with John to some extent. Start mixing proven glazes first, before getting into too much formulation. Just mixing and comparing formulas can teach you a lot. I do think it's worth getting some software, though, because it's a great way to catalog your recipes, even if you're not doing a lot of experimentation. And the more exposure you have to molecular equivalents, the more they'll make sense to you.

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I am thinking about buying either MatrixV6 or Insight 2011-3 for windows7. They both look great, but previously I have always worked where the glazes were provided. I have just set up my own studio and this will be my first adventure into mixing my own soup. Thus, I don't have the hands on experience to really know what is important in comparing the two software packages. For a superior outcome, I am willing and able to spend more time learning. I will be doing cone 6 glazes in a gas kiln.:)

 

Any advice would be much appreciated.

 

Thanks Larry

 

Why not Glaze Master by John Hesselbreth, author of Masterin Cone 6 Glazes?

Marcia

 

 

 

 

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Wow. A lot of great advice which I will follow.

 

I guess I have never been known to do things half way. I am a bit of a techie, so maybe over inclined to jump into software as a way to keep track of stuff and learn faster. I have been doing some reading on glaze chemistry. (Any recommendations here would be appreciated.) As John indicated, may be Insight level 1 would be a good free entry level option for me to start with. Of course, once I am familiar with it, it will seem like home base and the standard by which others will be compared... Ah! such clever marketing:rolleyes:

 

Two other options I had not though of were mentioned above.... Glaze Master and Hyperglaze. What are their merits?

 

Thanks for the help.

 

Larry

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I'm a Hyperglaze fan myself, but used Matrix for a while and really liked it, too. Never been a big Insight fan. I agree with John to some extent. Start mixing proven glazes first, before getting into too much formulation. Just mixing and comparing formulas can teach you a lot. I do think it's worth getting some software, though, because it's a great way to catalog your recipes, even if you're not doing a lot of experimentation. And the more exposure you have to molecular equivalents, the more they'll make sense to you.

 

 

Why do you like Hyperglaze?

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I am thinking about buying either MatrixV6 or Insight 2011-3 for windows7. They both look great, but previously I have always worked where the glazes were provided. I have just set up my own studio and this will be my first adventure into mixing my own soup. Thus, I don't have the hands on experience to really know what is important in comparing the two software packages. For a superior outcome, I am willing and able to spend more time learning. I will be doing cone 6 glazes in a gas kiln.:)

 

Any advice would be much appreciated.

 

Thanks Larry

 

Why not Glaze Master by John Hesselbreth, author of Masterin Cone 6 Glazes?

Marcia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why do you like Glaze Master?

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