Pure Brilliance was the first and remains the best non-toxic glaze available in the ceramics market today. Below you'll find some tips for getting the most out of your glaze. For best results, follow the instructions below!
Mix the Glaze
Mix the glaze using a plastic or stainless steel paint mixer (others may rust and affect the glaze) with a drill to stir initially for 10 minutes. You should also mix the glaze in the same manner before each glazing session for 2 to 4 minutes.
Mix from the bottom up (in layers). Water is at the bottom of the bucket instead of having a water head. Mixing brings the water up through the glaze.
Rinse mixer with water after use.
After the initial mixing, add 4 ounces of distilled water to a 3.5 gallon bucket so that you may check the viscosity. Add 8 ounces to 7 gallons of glaze. After the first viscosity check, add 2 to 4 ounces of water at a time while mixing the glaze. Stop to check the viscosity after 2 minutes of mixing. Remember, a little bit of water goes a long way with this glaze. This is a solid (gel) glaze and it should be kept solid to function properly.
Use a wire whisk to mix the glaze every 10 minutes during a glazing session.
Pinholes on glazed piece will heal during firing.
This glaze is not transparent when dipped. You will not see the color/design through the glaze after dipping.
Thoroughly mix glaze.
Let bubbles rest before testing viscosity and before dipping.
Dip the Viscosity Cup (#TL497) into the glaze.
Begin the count as soon as you lift the cup out of the glaze. Hold cup approximately 6 to 8 inches over glaze.
When the stream of glaze breaks stop the count.
The viscosity range is 19 to 24 seconds with 20 to 23 seconds being ideal. Use a stop watch -- instead of a second hand on a clock or watch -- for a more accurate timed viscosity.
Making the Switch
When switching over to Pure Brilliance, be sure to get a new dipping tank. If a new dipping tank is not purchased the existing one should be cleaned with either water and bleach or water and white vinegar. After scrubbing the tank and lid, rinse thoroughly with water.
Benefits of Pure Brilliance
It is non-toxic which provides great peace of mind for you and your employees!
Thicker than other glazes so there is no chance of having a too thin application of glaze.
Less drips and runs than other glazes
Glaze stays in suspension so there is no separation between the water and solids.
Dries solid so there is no dust flying around while handling a dry glazed piece.
Dried glaze will not break off when dipping the other portion of the piece.
No double dipping necessary. One dip is enough with this glaze. Other glazes are often thin and require more glaze application.
Great for employees to dip as this is more forgiving. Especially when it comes to drips! They are generally not an issue!
Wait 24 hours after dipping before firing for best results. Be sure to let the paint dry completely before glazing.
Dip quickly and shake well to get rid of drips.
Use a pot scraper to move glaze (dry or wet) from the edges of the dipping tank. This may fall back into the tank as it will reconstitute during mixing. If glaze is too thick, looks matte or cloudy or has bubbles, simply re-fire piece. The excess glaze will fire away.
In summer you may need to add more water since it evaporates more quickly during the hotter months. Less water will need to be added during the winter months. The climate also makes a difference. New Mexico is going to be much drier than Mississippi any time of year.
To empty a 1 gallon container shake the container vigorously. Pour into tank then re-cap and shake again. Empty all that you can into the dipping tank. Once you have mixed the glaze in the tank, put some of that mixture into the 1 gallon container and shake. Empty the remaining glaze into the tank. You can also pour out as much glaze from the 1 gallon container as possible, then cut off the top portion. Use a pot scraper to remove all remaining glaze.
Use a palette knife to gently level off any drips that may occur. Finger sanding is not needed so you can avoid creating excess dust. Be sure to strain the glaze each time new glaze is added to remove any foreign matter.
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