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Med Mar Lustre Info?

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Ok, so I came into a bottle of what I think is a cone 018-019 mother of pearl lustre from a company called Med Mar Metals. It's from the 70's and the person I got it from can't remember all the details about how to use it. My "Google fu" only comes up with eBay listings of people selling off their deceased relative's ceramics stash, and some place that sells ore out of Anaheim.

So I'd like to know if anyone has any experience with this particular product?

If it goes bad at all?

Is mother of pearl as finicky as gold lustre in terms of contamination?

Best firing temp?

Does the surface I put it on need to be glazed, or is a mature cone 10 bare clay (think b-mix) doable?

Any other considerations?

 

Anything helps. Thanks!

Cal

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I have a quart bottle of same or similar product from back in the day.

I suggest from my memory of long ago using this -that the surface be a shiney fired glaze.These will work best.

I used to apply over fired cone 10 clear porcelain glaze.

It is not as touchy as gold and silver lusters.

You still need a clean dry surface without oils on it.

keep the dust off as you would with all lusters-use the same cleaners for brushes.fire to o18-019 as Marcia says above.

I have a few pieces with this on it from the 70's.

Mark

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Thanks guys!

I've never used lustres before, and I only know what I cold find on the interwebs. What do you thin them with? Any special cleaning process for the wares before application? If I apply the lustre at home and transport the pieces to my local art centre, will wrapping them in newspaper be a problem?

 

It's for Christmas ornaments, so yeah, they might be a little over the top :)

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Do not thin them-clean brush with nasty luster cleaners-Bailey ceramics sells it if I recall.Use a new brush and always use that one afterwards.

I would use denatured alcohol to clean as it should leave nothing behind. I also would read up on this whole area 1st. There has been several threads on all this here before .

Mark

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Oh wow, it’s been a minute since I asked this one!

In the name of updating everyone on what happened, I fired the mother of pearl to 017 and it worked great. I found I had to really mind my application thickness, because it will drip and run and make a yucky haze if you put too much on. I bought a couple of sable brushes that are dedicated for the use and cleaned them with olive oil. 
 

This one is definitely a pine oil base, and I had to use it outside because I don’t have Liam’s fancy fume hood.

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