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GR6-E - Ravenscrag Cone 6 Raspberry Glossy

Modified: 2020-09-29 10:26:37

A chrome-tin burgundy glaze using the Ravenscrag cone 6 base recipe.

Material Amount
Ravenscrag Slip70.00
Ferro Frit 313420.00
Whiting10.00
Added
Tin Oxide7.50
Chrome Oxide0.50
108.00

Notes

Chrome-tin (either from the raw materials or a stain) pink and red glazes can be difficult to achieve and keep consistent at cone 6. Red is perhaps the most difficult and expensive color in ceramics. The chemistry of the host glaze has to be sympathetic to the color development, the chrome and tin require high calcium, zero zinc and low boron (that is why this recipe has 10% added calcium carbonate).

Remember that red is red, it is difficult to acheive in glazes; test this first on different kinds of clay to determine if is is suitable for you. It may be better for you to use a pink or maroon stain instead instead of raw chrome and tin (e.g. the GR6-L recipe).

Try different thicknesses to see which works best for you. This breaks clear around edges to highlight irregularities in the surface. On darker bodies the color of the glaze will be darker. Consider reducing the percentage of colorant to get a lighter color if needed. Slow cooling can matte the surface.

For mixing instructions please see the master recipe, GR6-A.

Related Information

Cone 6 GR6-E Ravenscrag Raspberry glaze

Made using chrome and tin added to the cone 6 Ravenscrag clear base glaze recipe.

What happens if Ravenscrag Raspberry is applied too thick

These are Plainsman P300 mugs fired at cone 6. When the glaze, GR6-E, goes on too thick (as on the left) it is dark maroon and has a pebbly surface that does highlight contours. This went on too thick because the specific gravity of the slurry was too high, about 1.53 (even a one-second dip put to thick a layer on the pieces). When I thinned it down to about 1.45 and flocculated it using espom salts, it went on thinner, yet still evenly, and I got the result on the right.

Maroon and white mug before and after firing: What a difference!

The outer glaze is Ravenscrag GR6-E Raspberry, the bright maroon color is a product of the surprising interaction between the 0.5% chrome oxide and 7.5% tin oxide present. That small amount of chrome is only enough to give the raw powder a slight greenish hue, hardly different than the clear liner glaze. While this color mechanism appears to be effective, it is delicate. A maroon stain is actually a better choice. It would fire more consistent would be less hazardous to use. And the raw glaze will be the same color as the fired one!

Ravenscrag Cone 6 GR6-C white and with 10% Mason 6006 stain

The body is Plainsman M340. This is a good alternative to trying to get a chrome-tin pink or maroon working.

GR6-E and GR6-L Ravenscrag Pink glazes side-by-side

The GR6-L (the two on the left) employs raw chrome and tin, the GR6-E uses a stain (Mason 6006). The L does not melt quite as well (because of the 10% whiting in the recipe to make sure it develops the chrome-tin color well). The GR6-E is does not need the whiting. The E is much more flexible because one can choose different stains to get different colors. Of course the intensity of the color can be adjusted by varying the percentage of colorant. And the L could be made to melt better by increasing the percentage of frit.

Links

Recipes GR6-A - Ravenscrag Cone 6 Clear Glossy Base
This Plainsman Cone 6 Ravenscrag Slip base is just the pure material with 20% added frit to make it melt to a glossy natural clear.
Recipes GR6-L - Ravenscrag Cone 6 Transparent Burgundy
A stain-based method to achieve this color using the Ravenscrag base recipe.
Typecodes Medium Temperature Glaze Recipes
Normally fired at cone 5-7 in electric kilns.
Typecodes Ravenscrag Slip Recipes
Recipes based on Ravenscrag Slip from Plainsman Clays.
Firing Schedules Plainsman Cone 6 Electric Standard
Used in the Plainsman lab to fire clay test bars in our small kilns

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