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Using a Viscosity Cup







Diagram of Viscosity Cup

The viscosity cup is a small container with an open top and a bowl shaped bottom with a small hole to allow the glaze to flow out.
The cup has a handle so that it can be dipped in the glaze.
Fill the cup to the brim while holding a finger over the hole.
This is a necessity for anyone working in pottery or ceramics because of the importance of having the slip and glazes with the right flow ability.

Pouring the Mold

Dipping Pottery Troubles

How to use the viscosity cup.

Before pouring your mold or dipping your bisque in glaze you must be sure the slip or glaze is at the proper flow ability, not too thin or too thick.
Get your clock or watch with second hand and follow these simple steps:
Be sure the slip or glaze is smooth and well mixed.
Dip the viscosity cup into slip or glaze and lift straight up.
Begin timing, counting the seconds, the instant the bottom of the cup breaks the surface of the liquid.
When the solid stream of slip or glaze breaks into drips for the first time, that is your time.

Slip

Usually for slip the number should be twenty five to thirty five seconds.
If your slip is too thick you can add water, mix well and retest.

Dipping Glaze

Usually for glaze the number should be about twenty nine seconds.
Check the back of your glaze bottle for exact number.

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