[Clayart] Iron

Steve Dalton ccpotteries at yahoo.com
Fri Jul 14 10:01:59 EDT 2017

Good Morning Antoinette,

What percentage of iron oxide are you using?

I ran in to the percentage problem with my iron red glaze. I always used the 97-98% percent iron until one supplier suggested try the Spanish 89%. I can not remember the reason now.

Since I have large tubs of glaze and just add 5 gallons as needed. I did not notice the gradual shift until it was coming out brown. I thought my bone ash had degraded.

Over a course of several months and testing various recipes, I had a hunch and tried my old bag of 97%. I was back to my old bright iron red.

Hope this helps,

Steve Dalton
Clear Creek Pottery
Lake Stevens, WA
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> On Jul 13, 2017, at 5:20 PM, Porcelain byAntoinette <porcelainbyantoinette at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi guys. I have mixed up a iron red glaze that I did not mix for a while. I used ingredients that is 10 years old and older end the end result was a flat brown instead of the reach read brown that it was before. 
> I repeated the recipe, thinking I made a mistake, ending up with the same results. 
> Then I thought maybe I used the wrong recipe and compared it with similar recipes getting to the conclusion that I did not make a mistake. 
> So someone said the problem is the iron that changed over time. This was the first time I heard that in all the 36+ years I am in clay. Is that true and if so, can I fix it? I assume that if that is true, it has to do with the oxidation process. 
> Antoinette Badenhorst. 
> Sent from my iPhone

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