Billy Winer on sun 29 nov 98
Dear helpful folks, I have started experimenting with decorating
tiles. My first batch turned out quite well for a beginning, however,
some problems exist. Since the tiles I am using are glossy, it is
difficult for the "velvets" to stick on too well. It would be very
helpful if one could brush on a substance all over the tile before
applying glazes. Is there such a substance that one could use to
facilitate adhesion of the glaze? Also, after decorating, I spray the
tiles with a transparent glaze. Some tiles turned out well, others were
a little "blotchy", i.e., glossy in some areas and sticky mat in
others. Would this be due to uneven spraying. I sprayed outdoors and
there was some wind at the time which might have caused the uneven
covering. Since spraying glazes is also new to me, I am not confident
that I know when I have sprayed enough glaze on. If there is a way that
one could figured that out let me know.
Where should I purchase tile holders so that I can fire them
stacked? I have seen two three different styles in supply catalogues
and wonder which is the best. Also, what is the best place to purchase
tiles that have been bisqued?
Thank you all for always being so helpful, Warmest regards,
Biljana in Lexington, KY
Christine Avery on tue 1 dec 98
>Since the tiles I am using are glossy, it is
> difficult for the "velvets" to stick on too well. It would be very
> helpful if one could brush on a substance all over the tile before
> applying glazes. Is there such a substance that one could use to
> facilitate adhesion of the glaze?
Often times we have to reglaze student pots, If the surface is rough
(underglazed) we have the best luck. the trick I learned in college is to
first apply a coat of gum arabic,let it dry, then glaze as usual. The gum
appears to help the glaze adhere to the pot.
When working on a glossy surface try etching it with sandpaper first - try
the wet/dry used for metals and stone.
Also re: spraying. We spray all our tiles and even coverage is essential.
When spraying outside try making yourself a "spray booth" out of a large
box. place the tiles in vertically to get even coverage. Also I find with
my clear transparent if I underfire it comes out blotchy.
Re: enough glaze - if we don't get enough on the piece has a very rough
surface, gum and reglazing usually takes care of it. Too much glaze is
usually our problem and then it turns cloudy. The glaze I use needs only
re:tile setters - I have 2 types - free standing corners, and shelves that
hold 20 tiles. I like them both. The shelves are much quicker to load but
you are limited to 4.5" tiles. The free standing corners take awhile to
load but larger (or smaller) tiles can be made.
I order from Continental Clay 1-800-432-clay in Minneapolis or Minnesota
clay USA 1-800-Clay- USA in Bloomington, MN
I can't help you with tiles that have been bisqued but if you find a
supplier let me know!
Christine from Nodak where the weather is still 40 - 50 degrees and the
snow is slowly going!
Jennifer on tue 1 dec 98
I have never tried glazing the glossy premade tiles, but I have used
just the plain bisqued ones. I purchase mine from Runyan's in Clio
Michigan (810-687-4500), they have a good variety of sizes and many
different tile setters. You could also try MN Clay at http://www.mm.com/mnclay
Suzanne Jebaily on thu 3 dec 98
Highwater Clay in Asheville, NC sells tiles that have been bisqued...two
sizes, 4.25 and 6.0. Phone 828-252-6033 for a catalog.
pam easley on sat 5 dec 98
I have an associate who does a fabulous job in decorating pre-glazed
tiles. I fire them to cone 06. He carefully paints them with our regular
dipping glazes, getting the thick stuff from the bottom before they're
fully stirred, or bottled paint-on glazes from the craft dept of our
local supply house. They turn out like a charm! Don't be afraid to
experiment, just take your time, and remember - with pre-glazed pieces,
you can rub your goofs off with a q-tip if need be.
Buck and Laurita on sun 6 dec 98
Since the Duncan cat is out of the bag (thank you, Eleanora!) - this is
found successful when working on pre-glazed tiles: use Duncan "EZ
and fire to 04. I've sometimes used a light mist of spray matte finish
as a fixative
in between coats as I love to layer color. Pre-glazed is never my first
but sometimes that's just what the customer wants. So far so good.
Maggi Rankin on tue 8 dec 98
hi everyone! I just got on this group and am floored at getting 87 emails in
one day! I do tiles and love to glaze on preglazed white tile also- the 06
glazes come out muted and softer, landscapes look like Monet paintings, and
the glazes do even more of their own thing than they regularly do on bisque
(which is why I like them!) I put it down fairly thick like Pams friend,
and let them merge and flow into each other - or put a thin glaze next to a
thick one, gloss next to transparent, just whatever. You can also use Duncan
French dimentions to outline something you dont want flowing into the
background - the FDs sink into the preglaze almost completely. Then lay them
somewhere really level so it dries evenly. Another quirk - when the glaze is
dry, you can use a toothpick to make details (like veins in a leaf) and it
usually doesnt run at all. Amazing! I havent been disappointed in any of
these experiments except that alot of greens turn out to be a different type
of green. Its alot of fun but only if you let the glazes do their thing and
dont try to control them too much.
Does anyone know what French Dimensions are made of? porcelain slip maybe?
Ya'll have a great holiday!! Maggi (here in hot Virginia)
pam easley wrote:
> ----------------------------Original message----------------------------
> I have an associate who does a fabulous job in decorating pre-glazed
> tiles. I fire them to cone 06. He carefully paints them with our regular
> dipping glazes, getting the thick stuff from the bottom before they're
> fully stirred, or bottled paint-on glazes from the craft dept of our
> local supply house. They turn out like a charm! Don't be afraid to
> experiment, just take your time, and remember - with pre-glazed pieces,
> you can rub your goofs off with a q-tip if need be.