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Zircon, tin oxide, titanium as opacifiers in four base glazes

The body is Plainsman M390. Firing is the cone 6 PLC6DS schedule. Each horizontal row is a commonly-used base glaze. The top one is an MgO matte, the next one down is a calcium matte, row 3 is G2926B glossy and row 4 is Ravenscrag Slip+frit. The two mattes behave very differently from each other with the additions of opacifier. Thickly applying an opacified glaze will obviously affect visual character (column 4). Tin oxide fires whiter than zircon (e.g. Zircopax). If you like the G2934 recipe, consider the G2934Y variant for better melting.

A grid of fired glaze test samples showing opacifiers perform in four glazes

Related Pictures

A hazard of using titanium opacifier in a glaze

The rustic and variegated effect have been achieved. However, notice that the drips from drainage during glazing are visible. This is because this type of variegation is produced by variations in the glaze thickness. These can be intended, like the thinning that occurs on the edge of contours, but also unintended (like drips and runs).

Links

Recipes G1214Z - Cone 6 Silky Matte
This glaze was born as a demonstration of how to use chemistry to convert a glossy cone 6 glaze into a matte.
Recipes G2934 - Matte Glaze Base for Cone 6
A base MgO matte glaze recipe fires to a hard utilitarian surface and has very good working properties. Blend in the glossy if it is too matte.
Glossary Opacifier
Glaze opacity refers to the degree to which it is opaque. There is more than meets to eye to the subject of opacity control.
Materials Titanium Dioxide
Materials Zircon
Materials Tin Oxide


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