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Glazes can make or break your work. Here you can learn the basics of glaze making and try out a few recipes to enhance your works of art and make them truly unique.
Test all recipes before use. Materials, firing conditions and clay bodies will vary.

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Basic White Crackle

Cone 08
Gerstley Borate 80%
Nepheline Syenite 20%

Clear Raku Glaze

Cone 06
Gerstley Borate 70%
Plastic Vitrox 30%
Clay 100%
Works well with underglazes and colored slips.

Copper Stain for Raku

Frit 3110 (Ferro) 10%
Copper 90%
Carbonate 100%
Apply stain to pot then wipe off with a sponge leaving stain just in the crevices.
Coat with Piepenburg’s Clear.

Hasselle Copper Matt

Black Copper Oxide 80%
Ball Clay 20%
Add: Bentonite 2%

Piepenburg 50-50 Raku Glaze

A clear glaze.
Apply over stain.
Frit 3134 (Ferro) 50%
Gerstley Borate 50

Raku Copper Matt Finish

Adding a drop or two of dishwasher detergent to the liquid batch facilitates mixing.
Red Copper Oxide 78%
Red Iron Oxide 9%
Frit 3110 (Ferro) 13%

Raku Clear Base Glaze

For color variations, add 10% commercial stain.
Gerstley Borate 67%
Frit 3403 (Ferro) 8%
Nepheline Syenite 17%
Kaolin 8%

Steve's White Glaze

This is actually a clear, not white base recipe.
It can be used as is or you can add colorants on an experimental basis.
Add 5% tin oxide for a white glaze.
Cone 08
Gerstley Borate 60%
Spodumene 35%
Tennessee Ball Clay 5%

Silver Nitrate Wash

Silver Nitrate 1 gram
Water 50 grams

Soldner Clear and Variations

Gerstley borate 80%
Nepheline syenite 20%
Looks best when applied thickly.
Brush on at least four coats or pour on a thick application or dip the piece twice.
This generally results in wider spaced crackling in the glaze.
If a finer crackle network is desired, apply a thinner coat.
After firing reduction will enhance the crackle.

Below are variations that can be added to this basic raku recipe.

Copper Luster

Add: Cobalt oxide 1%
Copper oxide 2%
Yellow ochre 8%
This variation looks best when applied thin.
Dip the pot once in a thin mixture.
The glaze has a dark cranberry luster.
After firing reduction in a metal trash can filled with newspapers,
it seems to make the colors shine a bit brighter.

Copper Red Luster

Add: Cobalt oxide 1%
Copper oxide 3%

Dark Blue Luster

Add: Cobalt carbonate 3.0%
Iron chromate 5.0%
Silver nitrate 1.5%

Green to Maroon Luster

Add: Copper carbonate 3%

Copper Matt

Add: Bone ash 20%
Cobalt carbonate 3%
Copper carbonate 7%
This glaze seems to produce the best results in terms of color density and brilliance if applied in a thin coat.
Apply to the inside of the pot also.

Rita's Red Raku Glaze

Cone 08
Borax 50%
Gerstley Borate 50%
Copper Carbonate 40%
Red Iron Oxide 10%

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