Get Beautiful Results with Opulence Glaze

“I am an Opulence Glaze user for life!” -Sally Roper, happy Customer.

 

We have two types of C/6 glazes: dry glaze manufactured for dipping or spraying- in 5 lbs. and 25 lbs. packages or in liquid pints that are enhanced for brushability.

Directions for BRUSHING Opulence Glaze Liquid Pints:

Brush 2-3 coats on C/06-04 Bisque. For best results, use a soft fan brush. When layering two different Opulence Glazes, use only 2-3 coats TOTAL to avoid over application. The brushable liquid pints of pottery 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. For our Satin Matte Glazes (700 series) we suggest firing to C/5 with a 30 minute hold.

Getting Best Results with Dry Opulence Glaze – Manufactured for Dipping

Gloss Glazes- Numbered 100-599

Mixing: 5 lbs. mix with 4.25 lbs. of water. Sieve though 80 mesh screen. 25 lbs. mix with 21.25 lbs. of water. Sieve through 80 mesh screen. Suggested specific gravity 150-152

Reduction Look Glazes- Numbered 600-699

Mixing: 5 lbs. mix with 4 lbs. of water. Sieve through 80 mesh screen. 25 lbs. mix with 20 lbs. water. Sieve through 80 mesh screen. Suggested specific gravity 152-155

Satin Matte Glazes- Numbered 700-799

Mixing: 5 lbs. mix with 4.25 lbs. of water. Sieve through 80 mesh screen. 25 lbs. mix with 21.5 lbs. of water. Sieve through 80 mesh screen. Suggested specific gravity 151-153

EnviroColor Matte Glazes- Numbered 800-899

Mixing: 5 lbs. mix with 4.25 lbs. of water. Sieve through 80 mesh screen. 25 lbs. mix with 21.5 lbs. of water. Sieve through 80 mesh screen. Suggested specific gravity 151-153

Translucent Glazes- Numbered 900-999

Mixing: 5 lbs. mix with 4.25 lbs. of water. Sieve through 80 mesh screen. 25 lbs. mix with 21.25 lbs. of water. Sieve through 80 mesh screen. Suggested specific gravity 150-152

Measuring Gravity of Opulence Glaze

To determine if Opulence Dipping Glaze is 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 and take 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 upper 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 not the weight. Use this container and measurement as a comparison for any time you are concerned about the pottery 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 of Opulence Glaze

5 lbs. of glaze- 4.5 lbs. of water can be converted into liquid measurement into any of these quantities: 72 ounces, 9 cups, or 4.5 pints
25 lbs. of glaze- 22.5 lbs. of water can be converted into liquid measurement into any of these quantities: 360 ounces, 45 cups, 22.5 pints, or 2.8 gallons

Getting Best Glazing Results for Dipping Opulence Glaze

To get a beautifully glazed piece by dipping your ceramics or pottery in Opulence glaze, it’s important to follow careful steps. First, make sure the pot is bisque-fired, clean of sand, dust or oils by cleaning your pot with a damp sponge. Using dry wax, wax the bottom of the piece and about ¼ of an inch on the side.

Next, mix glaze well, stirring from the bottom up, then dip your pot in for no more than 3 seconds (1- in, 2- submerge, 3- out), then wait for that coating of glaze to dry. If you’re using a combination of pottery glazes, dip the second coat again (1- in, 2- submerge, 3- out).

Remember to use n more than one layer of glaze at the bottom of the pot and no more than two layers of glaze on the middle, top, and rim.

Additional Glazing Tips

    • Stay away from double dipping/layering two Opulence 600 glazes, they flow!
    • Test tiles are encouraged to show movement and flow of glaze combinations. We recommend adding texture on the tile and an indention at the bottom. Do not glaze past this indention. If the glaze combination flows below the indention at the bottom of the test tile- that combination cannot go any lower than the shoulder of the pot.
    • After the glaze is dry, sponge off any remaining glaze off the bottom of your pot.