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Clear Satin Glossy And Matte Cone 6 Recipes. Oh And A White Too Please!

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Hi ! I would like to make a few base glazes. I would love a reliable gloss, perhaps one w/o zinc. I would like a satin. I would like a white matte or glossy.

But what I really really want , is a waxy matte clear.

Thank you for your recipes.jolie

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This is probably an overly obvious suggestion, but Google will give you lots of recipes.

 

I might well be wrong, but a clear matte could be a little difficult to achieve.  Most mattes get their surface quality from crystallization or from underfiring that leaves some of the components undissolved in the melt, conditions which, if the the glaze has any thickness, would tend to obscure the clay underneath.  I'm currently working with a fake ash glaze that's matte and fairly clear where it's thin, but glossy where thicker.  So maybe you could try a very thin coating of a high-calcium matte, as a starting point.  The drawback would be that calcium tends to bleach some colorants when used in excessive amounts.

 

I'd give you the recipe, but it's Cone 8, and I seem to recall you're intending to work with a Cone 6 clay.

 

Hey, I just looked at the Axner web site, and he carries Laguna cone 5 dry glazes.  10 pounds of clear matte is 16.40.  That would make more than a gallon of fluid glaze, I'd guess.  If you're just getting started, that's the way I'd go.

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Buy John Britt's cone 5-7 book, it is worth the money and will take you through it in a more logical way, or any glaze book really.

 

I am sure cone 6 are similar to cone 10 in that 6-8 raw ingredients will probably produce the variety you are looking for.

 

Many of my cone 10 glazes all go, Feldspar, China clay, Quarts and some kind of flux/multiple flux. Change round the ratios and you go from clears to matts with most in between. Then to make white is one extra step of adding an opacifier.

 

Get some feldspars, maybe china clay or ball clay and quarts. Ball clays might be better at cone 6 because they bring more flux into the mix but don't quote me on that. I have limited experience making cone 6 glazes. Flux wise you probably need some kind of frit, some gerstley borate and maybe strontium carbonate.

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I second that on John Britt's book and its quite inexpensive especially for a new book, I was going to order one off of Amazon but I got one as a gift.  Clear glazes in C5/6 are good on white or buff clays but I have never found one that worked good on red or brown clays. I tested 30 formulas.  I read somewhere that one of the glaze companies have come up with a  clear C5 glaze that works on red clay.   Denice

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I second the Clear matte not being to clear-the nature of a matt is not to be transparent. The same would hold true for a satin matte. Yes some transparency would be there just not like a clear glossy glaze.

Satin matts require tight firing temps and thickness applications.

I'm not a mid range guy so others will have to help you.

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Mark

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Denise,

 

I have also been looking for a clear to use on red clay. Last time I glazed I forgot to stir a blue glaze before dipping. The pot had large areas of glaze without the colorants. Over the next month I plan to try this glaze base as a clear. I am using Red rock clay. Will post results.

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if you can find a copy of 'Getting into Pots" by george wettlaufer, look at page 127.  it is an old book from the 1970s but the info is sound, age does not mean stupid.  i use these recipes on a white stoneware.  they make great base glazes and allow lots of color options.

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