Cone 6 Opulence EnviroColors Glazes from Mid-South
Gloss Glazes are available in 24 colors with a
wide range of hues and in the brilliance of colors you have always
wanted. Based on our unique glaze system, you can blend color glaze to
color glaze or add stains to the clear or whites and create your own
distinct look. The possibilities are virtually limitless. Opulence
Glazes are completely barium and lead-free, and when fired properly have
an extremely hard surface, making them an excellent choice for
dinnerware. Although these glazes were designed specifically for C/6
electric firing, we have had excellent results in C/10 gas reduction and
C/10 wood firing. Opulence cone 6 Glazes are extremely easy to mix, add the recommended amount of water, screen with a 80 mesh sieve and you are ready to glaze!
We have two types of C/6 glazes: dry glaze manufactured for dipping-
in 5 lbs. and 25 lbs. packages or in liquid pints that are now enhanced
for better brushability.
New Directions for BRUSHING Opulence Glaze Liquid Pints:
PLEASE READ: 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
can be modified for dipping/pouring by adding 2 capfuls of water and
shaking well before using. Allow to dry thoroughly before glaze firing
Mixing Instructions and Helpful Hints for DRY glazes, manufactured for dipping:
Gloss Glazes- Numbered 100-599
Mixing: 5 lbs. mix with 4.5 lbs. of water. Sieve though 80 mesh
screen. 25 lbs. mix with 22.5 lbs. of water. Sieve through 80 mesh
screen. Suggested specific gravity 150-152
To determine if Opulnce 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
tare 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
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 si 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 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
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
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
Glazing Tips for DIPPING Opulence Glazes:
Make sure pot is bisque-fired, clean of sand, dust or oils by cleaning your pot with a damp sponge.
Wax the bottom of the piece and about ¼ of an inch on the side.
Wax must be dry.
Mix glaze well, stirring from the bottom up.
Dip your pot in for no more than 3 seconds (1- in, 2- submerge, 3- out)
Wait for that coating of glaze to dry and if combination is being used, dip the second coat again (1- in, 2- submerge, 3- out)
No more than one layer of glaze at the bottom of the pot.
No more than two layers of glaze on the middle, top, and rim.
Stay away from double dipping/layering two Opulence 600 glazes, they run!
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.