Three low fire bodies need three different clear glazes. Why?

Sunday 17th September 2017

Glaze fit. The left-most clay mug contains no talc (Plainsman Buffstone), the centre one about 25% talc (L212) and the right one is about 45% talc (L213). Talc raises thermal expansion. The centre glaze is G2931K, it is middle-of-the-road thermal expansion (Insight-live reports it as 7.4) and fits the low-talc bodies (and Zero3 porcelain and stoneware). But it crazes on Buffstone and shivers on L213. The lesson is: Forget about expecting one clear or base glaze to fit all low fire bodies. But there is a solution. I adjusted it to reduce its expansion to work on zero-talc porous bodies and raise it to work on high talc bodies. How? By decreasing and increasing the KNaO (in relation to other fluxes). The three fire crystal clear and work the best in a drop-and-hold firing.

Pages that reference this post in the Digitalfire Reference Database:

G2931H - Ulexite High Expansion Zero3 Clear Glaze, G2931L - Low Expansion Low-Fire Clear, G2931K - Low Fire Fritted Zero3 Transparent Glaze, The Majolica Earthenware Process, Transparent Glazes, Glaze fit, Zero3, Cone 03 Drop-and-Hold

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