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GLAZE MIXING INSTRUCTIONS

The ideal way to mix glazes is to add the dry glaze into the water. However, this is not the easiest way if you do not know how much water to use in any particular glaze. Initially it is best to add the water a little at a time until you reach the desired consistency. Two rules of thumb: one pound of glaze will need about 1/2 pint of water and consistency of glaze should be that of a cream or heavy milk. Remember, different glazes will vary on water content.

Put the dry glaze into a large enough bucket; i.e.- 10 pounds of dry glaze should be put into a 3-4 gallon pail. Add water a little at a time and mix with a Jiffy or Hanson Mixer attached to a drill. Because of some ingredients in glazes, it is not recommended that you use your hands. Add water until the right consistency is obtained. After glaze is mixed with enough water and all chunks have been broken down, add Flocs to keep glaze from settling. 1 teaspoon will suspend 4 gallons of most glazes. Some fast settling glazes will require more. Too much Flocs will thicken the glaze. If this happens, just add a little more water. Screen glaze into a clean container using at least an 80 mesh sieve.

Test glaze for consistency. If it is still too thick, add a little water. If it is too thin, let glaze stand for awhile until water rises to the top and then siphon off standing water. A hydrometer is helpful in getting a particular glaze batch the same as a previous batch.

Write down the amount of glaze, water and Flocs it takes to make up the glaze. When a new batch is needed, the dry glaze can be added to the water and Flocs and mixing time will be easier and faster.

Always wear an OSHA/NIOSH approved respirator when working with dry clays and glazes. When handling wet glazes, disposable gloves are recommended.
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