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As you can see the Spectrum 1116 Metal Mirror is more metallic looking on the porcelain test tile.
Even though the bowl made of WC-401 is a white clay, the glaze is far less metallic turning a shiny pewter on the base of the bowl.
I only had the red clay shards & neither the MGM or the Gold liked it. It didn't like the extra iron or the coarseness of the clay. It also did not like the moly that I mixed in either. I think both of these would do better on a porcelain or white stoneware. Also I think they would look better sprayed. It is very hard to get an even coat when brushing. I will have to look & see if I have any ^6 cast ornaments left that I could spray. I know I have ^04 ones, but they won't work for this. jhp
This is our finished product with Spectrum 1116 Metallic Gold Mirror. It actually looks green inside as if it were a copper glaze. I don't understand why it's labelled for Cobalt.
This is Metallic Mirror with Weathered Bronze Green.
Metallic Mirror test tile both sides.
Still too hot to open this morning, so we'll have wait until tonite. If it was winter, it would have been cool enough but with summer, the kiln doesn't cool as fast after it shuts off. jhp
B-Mix Cone 5 WC-401
No, but I would like to! Do you have a recipe? The best moly crystals I have gotten were with Steve's Brilliant Blue Ink. It ran alot even at ^4 & it kind of acted like an ash glaze which is not good for moly. They need a well melted glaze that doesn't move much, that allows the crystals to form. Since I had to wait so long for the powder, I ordered 2 bottles from Axner. They should be here tomorrow & I will test as well. What kind of clay are you using to test on? I think I can do a porcelain & also porcelain with a manganese slip over. Also I have some red shards. Let me know & thanks, Jeff
Jeff - Have you ever made a cobalt-saturation glaze?
I received the gold-hued Spectrum Metallic Mirror glaze and it's safety labelled for high levels of cobalt.
You can tell by the wet glaze color there's not a significant amount of manganese dioxide. It looks like just about any glaze which contains a significant amount of iron oxide.
I have it on a test tile waiting for a firing.
Kathy - These are gold ^5/6 glazes, but you could certainly call them metallic copper.
The "sculpture glazes" are interesting as well.
I opted for the 5 lbs cause I want to mix things into it dry. Also with the 25% discount, it was only $35.63 for the 5 lbs. It will be interesting to see if I can get it to come out the same as the pre-mixed that you get Norm. It' a race!!!!
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Purchase Glazes Cone 6 by Michael Bailey, The Potters Book of Glaze Recipes by Emmanuel Cooper, or Making Marks by Robin Hopper, all available at amazon.com. Mastering Cone 6 Glazes by John Hesselberth & Ron Roy is now out of print.
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Following are a few scales useful for potters:
Weighmax Top-class Stainless Steel 6KG 13LB Digital kitchen scale, ... $19.99
American Weigh Black Blade Digital Scale, 1000g X 0.1g $11.08
For the non-digitally inclined the old standard Ohaus Triple Pro Mechanical Triple Beam Balance, 2610g x 0.1g, with Tare $169.00
And finally a low cost clone of the OHaus. The Adam Equipment TBB2610T Triple Beam Mechanical Balance With Tare Beam $99.62
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