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I am probably overlooking some obvious solutions. I want to glaze some plates (many are square 12x12 so they are even wider than 12 if dipped on the bias). I have buckets of glaze but they aren't large or deep enough. I also don't want to have to prepare large quantities of seldom used glazes.

 

I want to transfer glaze into another container that would accommodate the shape of the plate but not require huge amounts of glaze. Even if I could only dip halfway I'd be happy and just overlap some glazes.

 

Any suggestions other than making one out of clay and glazing the inside to make it easy to clean?

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Build a Plywood box to the dimensions that will work, something maybe 14X7X16 deep. Seal it with some spray sealer that is so popular in the home improvement area.  You can dip easily, and consistently. Much better than a large plastic bin. It works well for me. If I want an uneven surface with glazes that change as thicker/thinner, I pour the plate in the box.

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I have same dilemma - doing a lot of testing combos so I only have 200 g mixtures I'm working with. With plates,  I'm pouring glazes on instead of dipping, I do it over a large plastic dishpan to catch & return excess.  I find using those cheapie plastic measuring cups work great, the glazes slip off easy and little clean up, usually a couple drips wiped out with finger, so not much waste.  Same goes with dishpan, if it has scratches, glaze will stick to those areas, I use a silicon kitchen spatula to get any glaze scraped out of catcher that still remains.  Easier than building plywood boxes, and I'm not sure how you retrieve any glaze from the wood, it would stick like glue wouldn't it?

So far, the above method has worked great for me.

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I don't know if you have a store in your area called Giant Tiger. I bought a big plastic tub there for less than $10.00. It is flexible so you can make it wider. i think it would hold 10 gallons of glaze.

unfortunately the plastic off-gassing was a bit much. i have it on top of a shelf, so I don't have to smell it all the time.

TJR.

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I posted this idea a couple weeks ago in another thread so apologies if you have already read it.

 

Staple removers with the prongs filed down to fit onto the rim of the plate on either side then you skim the plate or tile in a shallow amount of glaze horizontally. The prongs leave very small touch up areas.

 

 

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I am probably overlooking some obvious solutions. I want to glaze some plates (many are square 12x12 so they are even wider than 12 if dipped on the bias). I have buckets of glaze but they aren't large or deep enough. I also don't want to have to prepare large quantities of seldom used glazes.

 

I want to transfer glaze into another container that would accommodate the shape of the plate but not require huge amounts of glaze. Even if I could only dip halfway I'd be happy and just overlap some glazes.

 

Any suggestions other than making one out of clay and glazing the inside to make it easy to clean?

 

When I read your question, I thought maybe I wrote it in my sleep because I have the exact one on my mind. I searched many container type stores in person and on line and could not find narrow rectangle that was wide enough. I ended up making large batches of glaze and using my Kitchen mop bucket which is wide enough to dip over the halfway mark of some large 14 inch plates. I've attached some small samples of what I'm doing. If I try to dip in a wide flat tray, the rims are at the angle of the dip. I realize i will have to build a plate dipper as the glaze batch size decreases.

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I use to work at a facility where we used a lot of aquariums.  Many times we made our own out of plexiglas and silicone.  I don't see why this wouldn't work to make a glaze container of the size needed to dip plates using a small amount of glaze.  I found a video where they're making an aquarium out of glass (guess that would work also, but it would be heavier, more difficult to cut, and probably more expensive). They used an aquarium silicone, but we just used regular silicone and it worked fine.  

 

 

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Currently I have been spraying, but really prefer the results I get from dipping. I am going to try the cardboard box with the garbage bag, that seems simple and inexpensive enough.

 

Thanks for all the ideas. I am also glad to know I am not alone.

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