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Some glazes are very runny whole others are quite stable. Pleases see the info for each glaze. If you want to double dip glazes, only do so on the inside or the top half of the exterior. If your piece is glazed right to the foot, has double or triple dipped glaze on the whole piece or has glaze flaking off, it will probably run.
Basic Glazing Instructions
The trick to glazing is to get and even application of the correct thickness. Too thin and they can be ugly, too thick and they can be runny. Each glaze has a suggested number of coats. Everybody brushes differently, so try a couple test pieces to see what works for you. Leave about ¼” at the foot unglazed. All glazes move a little in the firing, and some are quite runny. Always leave enough room for your glaze to flow some without sticking to the kiln shelf. Until you are familiar with a particular glaze, it is better to leave some extra room.
Make sure that there is no glaze on the bottom of your piece; Glazes become molten glass in the kiln, so if there is any glaze on the bottom, or if it’s too thick and runs, your pot will stick to the shelf. This will wreck your pot and your kiln shelves! Thoroughly mix the glaze just before you use it. We always quickly rinse our bisqueware right before we glaze. This washes off any dust, and makes the glaze brush and adhere better.
First, you want to apply wax resist to the foot of your pot and about ¼” up the foot (where you don’t want any glaze). Until you are familiar with a particular glaze, it is better to leave some extra room. Use a thin coat of wax. It works better and dries faster. Let the wax dry for at least 15 or 20 minutes before sipping a pot in glaze. To coat the whole piece in a single glaze, the easiest technique is to pick it up with a pair of glaze tongs, dip it in, count to three and pull it out. Make sure to empty it as you withdraw it. If you pull a bowl out still full of glaze it will weigh so much that the tongs will break through. Hole it upside down over the bucket to drain the excess glaze. There will probably be some glaze sticking to the waxed areas; wipe off what you can while you are holding it with the tongs. Set the piece down and let it dry. After it is dry enough to handle, turn it over and sponge off any excess glaze still remaining on the bottom. The foot must be perfectly clean before it can go in a kiln. If you double dip any glazes, it’s best to only to dip the top half of the piece in the second glaze to avoid running onto the kiln shelf.
For brushing, most glazes need 2 to 3 coats. It is easier to get even coverage if you brush the first coat side to side and the next coat up and down. A soft, full brush works best for glazing, we prefer 1” or 2” wide hake brush; it holds a lot of glaze, and gives a nice even coat.
PLEASE NOTE: The glazes and wax resist will FREEZE in cold climates and
can not be used effectively. Glazes and wax resist will be sent to cold regions in
the winter only at the customer’s risk.