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Ceramic lustres are precious metals in liquid form that can be painted on to fired ceramic surfaces to produce metallic and iridescent effects.
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Liquid bright precious metal colors are micro-thin coatings, mainly of gold, platinum and palladium, applied onto already-fired glaze surfaces and fired around cone 018, 1350F. The metals are dissolved into hydrocarbon solvents with resin hardeners. They are made from mixes of strong solvents so safety precautions in working with them must not be ignored.
Ceramic Colours and Pottery Decoration by Kenneth Shaw, published by Maclaren and Sons Ltd., London, 1962, reissued 1968.
Lustres by Margery Clinton, published by BT Basford Ltd. London, 1991. This book covers how to make and use lustres.
Here is an example of research done by one artist researching various brands of gold luster, evidently they are not created equal. It is apparent you will need to be willing to do testing.
Colorobbia BRIGHT GOLD Contains 10-11% gold by weight.
BRIGHT GOLD (From ITALY – 24% / 20 karat gold – a true gold, Liquid form (DBA China Paint supply)
SATIN GOLD – Roman Burnish Gold in 35% gold (DBA)
Silky Matt Gold from Germany, 25% gold content, 20 karat gold (DBA)
Duncan OG801 Liquid Bright Gold 2 Grams 7% gold
Duncan OG805 Premium liquid bright Gold 2 Gr. 11% gold
A method of applying decoration over the glaze surface of ceramics. It can be done before or after the glaze firing.
Safety Data Sheet for liquid bright gold - Duncan
Dresden Liquid Bright Gold safety data sheet
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