Mixing Instructions for Opulence Glazes

Directions for Brushable Liquid Pints: Brush 2-3 coats on C/06-04 bisque. For best results, use a soft brush. When layering two different Opulence glazes, use only 3-4 coats total to avoid over-application. Brushable liquid glaze can be modified for dipping/pouring by adding 2 capfuls of water and shaking well before using. Allow to dry thoroughly before glaze firing to C/6.

Directions for Dry 5 lb and 25 lb quantity: For dipping and pouring, add dry glaze to water as specified below for each glaze line. Sieve through an 80 mesh screen. Note the suggested specific gravity* (Instructions to measure or check specific gravity is below.)



Gloss Glazes – Numbered 100-599 MIXING DRY: 5 lb -mix with 4.25 lb of water /25 lb -mix with 21.25 lb of water Suggested Specific Gravity 150-152* These colorful, glossy glazes show the best result with a slow, gradual dip. They are not prone to flow or move.

Reduction Look Glazes – Numbered 600-699 MIXING DRY: 5 lb -mix with 4 lb of water / 25 lb -mix with 20 lb of water Suggested Specific Gravity 152-155* Reduction Look glazes are formulated to mimic a gas or wood fired look and break into secondary colors. Thicker glazes such as Blue Odyssey-625, Cherry Blossom620, and Galaxy-617 only need one quick dip. In contrast, glazes that flow more fluidly like Sea Spray-607, Pebble Beach-608, or Plum-628 can be dipped at a slower pace and even benefit from an accented second dip (half way down the pot). All of the glazes in this group run the risk of flowing off the pot if two Reduction Look glazes are layered too closely to the bottom.

Satin Matte Glazes – Numbered 700-799 MIXING DRY: 5 lb -mix with 4.25 lb of water / 25 lb -mix with 21.5 lb of water Suggested Specific Gravity 151-153* Easy application, saturated color and a satin matte finish make these glazes stand out from the rest. Although Opulence Satin Matte glazes fire beautifully at C/6, for a more matte effect try C/5 with a 30 minute Hold.

EnviroColor Matte Glazes – Numbered 800-899 MIXING DRY: 5 lb -mix with 4.25 lb of water / 25 lb -mix with 21.5 lb of water Suggested Specific Gravity 151-153* Glazes in this group display a unique contrast of sheen and matte effect. Because of the chemical makeup of these glazes, it is very important that you stir between each application. When applied alone, these glazes are not prone to flow or move.

Translucent Glazes – Numbered 900-999 MIXING DRY: 5 lb -mix with 4.25 lb of water / 25 lb -mix with 21.25 lb of water Suggested Specific Gravity 150-152 * A lighter clay body best shows the colors of these glazes. A slower dip or double dip will result in a deeper effect. These glazes pair well when applied under glazes from other groups.

**Although Opulence glazes were designed for Cone 6 electric firing, customers have reported successful results in C/10 gas and wood firing. The combinations of glazes and variations in environment are infinite and we recommend thorough testing to ensure the best results.


Measuring Specific Gravity

*To determine if C/6 Opulence Glaze is the correct water to dry glaze ratio you can measure the Specific Gravity. This method is helpful if the glaze has been sitting for an extended period of time or if you are concerned the glaze has become too thick or thin. Specific Gravity is found by the weight of mixed water and glaze.

OPTION ONE: Weigh 100 cc of mixed glaze on a gram scale. (Be sure to tare out the weight of the container). Refer to the suggested specific gravity of your glaze. If 100 cc of mixed glaze weighs more than the higher number of grams, then there is too much glaze in the mix (i.e. the glaze is too thick and additional water is needed). If it weighs less than the lower number of grams, there is too much water (i.e. the glaze is too thin and after the glaze has settled, some water needs to be cast off).

OPTION TWO: If you do not have a gram scale you can use any other type of scale. This method is not as accurate but will give you a general idea of the specific gravity. Weigh a small container of water and note the weight. Weigh mixed glaze in the same container and it should weigh 1.5 times the amount of water. If it weighs more than 1.5 times the weight of the water, then there is too much glaze in the mix (i.e. the glaze is too thick and additional water is needed). If it weighs less, there is too much water (i.e. the glaze is too thin and after the glaze has settled, some water needs to be cast off).

OPTION THREE: If you know the glaze is the perfect ratio for your use, weigh a small container full of the mixed glaze and note the weight. Use this container and measurement as a comparison for any time you are concerned about the glaze ratio or when mixing a new batch. If it weighs more than your predetermined weight, then there is too much glaze in the mix (i.e. the glaze is too thick and additional water is needed). If it weighs less, there is too much water (i.e. the glaze is too thin and after the glaze has settled, some water needs to be cast off).

Conversion Information

Suggested lb. of water can be converted into any of these liquid quantities:
To add to 5 lb. of powdered glaze:
4 lb of water can be converted to 64 oz or 8 cups or 4 pints
4.25 lb of water can be converted to 68 oz or 8.5 cups or 4.24 pints
To add to 25 lb. of powdered glaze:
20 lb of water can be converted to 320 oz or 40 cups or 2.5 gallons
21.25 lb of water can be converted to 340 oz or 42.5 cups or 2.66 gallons

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