Four drops of Davan deflocculant fixed the problem!

Thursday 22nd June 2017

This is a white engobe (L3954B) drying on two dark burning cone 6 stoneware leather-hard mugs (Plainsman M390). Those lumps are on the left cannot be screened out, they are agglomerates. That slip has excessive flocculant (powdered Epsom salts are added to gel it so that it stays put on the piece after dipping). About 4 drops of Darvan were added to one gallon of the slurry, this immediately made it smooth and a perfect consistency for application. It remains stable on ware (without runs). Engobes require tight control to have the right viscosity and thixotropy (which can be achieved over a range of specific gravities (about 1.45-1.6). When they are right they are a joy to use, when they are not ware is ruined.

Pages that reference this post in the Digitalfire Reference Database:

L3954B - White Cone 6 Engobe for Plainsman M390, M340, A Cone 6 white engobe works miracles on these dark and buff burning bodies, White Cone 6 Engobe, New Alberta Slip glazes, Firing Schedule, Engobe, Thixotropy

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