Many of the Elements™ produce interesting effects at cone 6 but will change color. We recommend testing to determine color, surface characteristics and movement prior to use.
The following application recommendations are based upon the original product development intent and use for the product. Information on alternative application methods is listed in the section "Usage Variations and FAQ's". Shake for 5-6 seconds before use. Dispense glaze onto a palette (tile, plate, etc.) and apply with a soft brush or decorating accessory of choice (sponge, stamp, etc.). Dipping your brush directly into the jar could contaminate the jar's contents, especially if you are using other glazes. Apply 3-4 coats to your piece. Elements™ glazes were designed to mature at a shelf cone 06 (999° C or 1830º F). When applying them over a large surface area we recommend a broad, soft brush, such as a CB-604 #4 Soft Fan Brush or CB-618 #8. Moisten the brush with water first. Try to get the brush fully saturated (loaded) and apply each coat in the same direction. When the wet look has gone from the first coat, you may apply the next coat of glaze. Make sure the glaze has dried thoroughly prior to firing. A medium ramp/firing rate is recommended (250°F per hour) at shelf cone 06.
Usage Variations & FAQs
Q: Can Elements™ be Mixed with Other Glazes?
A: Using Elements with Pottery Cascades creates beautiful effects. However, intermixing Elements with other glazes is unpredictable; make test samples first to see if the fired result is the desired effect.
Q: What are some basic tips for creating effects with Elements™?
A: Apply to properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque. Use a soft fan or glaze brush, depending on the area and surface to be covered. Generally, three- four coats of glaze are recommended. However, applying four coats will produce a totally different look. For a different effect, brush on three coats and apply a final fourth coat using a silk or sea wool sponge. An uneven glaze application and the ware’s shape and surface (plain or embossed) will also affect the look of the glaze.
Q: Are Elements™ luster compatible?
A: When Elements are re-fired to lower luster temperatures (shelf cone 018-020), the original glaze color changes. If this is not a desired effect you will not want to apply lusters over them. However, you may find the re-fired finishes to be desirable. Our advice is to experiment and make test samples using luster with the specific Element™ with which you are using.
Gorgeous non-toxic glazes in natural earth tones. Surfaces vary from gloss to matte, with subtle variations in each color for a truly unique look. No two pieces will ever be the same. Great for achieving a high fire pottery look at low fire temperatures. Easy application make Elements ideal for ceramic projects in the classroom!
The level of variegation exhibited by theses glazes can be influenced by factors such as the number of coats applied, combinations with other glazes, body surface textures, kiln atmosphere and temperatures. Elements™ will move - some more than others. Understanding each glaze's temperment, how each glaze can be applied, will lead to more successful results.>
The popular earth tone Element Glazes now come with crystals!
During the firing, the crystals spread out to produce a burst of color to create a truly unique look. No two pieces will ever be alike, as the shape of the piece, glaze application; firing temperature and kiln load all affect the final glaze surface.
Product Features and Attributes
Some qualities of Elements & Elements™Chunkies glazes include:
Free Flowing Formula - allows glaze to move and variegate - on its own or in combination with other glazes
All are Non-Toxic.