Potters Choice – Indigo Float

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I think it’s about time I do a blog post about one of my favorite glazes…

Indigo Float

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I’m usually too impatient to make test tiles. It seems like a waste of time to me. It’s not like you can do anything with them, and they take up space in my workshop. So, I usually test a glaze on something small, like ornaments. If it doesn’t come out good, no big deal, if it does, then I have something to sell. 

These leaves were made from a stoneware clay called #50

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After I test the glaze out on an ornament. I try it on something a little bigger, like these leaves. They were made with B-Mix 5

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Then I like to try something with some texture, like these birds.

Which was made with B-Mix 5

This glaze works well with texture, it’s not completely transparent, but at least it doesn’t cover up the texture like some glazes.

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It definitely works well on this texture!

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Then I try it out on some small bowls. These came out cute!

I love this glaze! It’s so easy to work with, so nice to brush on, and it’s so reliable and consistent. Everything always comes out great, and the color is beautiful too. What more could you ask for?

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Then I combined Indigo Float with Blue Midnight

I applied one coat of Blue Midnight and two coats of Indigo Float on top. It came out great! As a matter of fact, this bowl was on Etsy’s Front Page!

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This bowl was also glazed with one coat of Blue Midnight and two coats of Indigo Float. I did some photo editing on this photo, so the color is slightly off. It looks like the bowl above. After it sold, I turned it into a food photography photo for my Etsy Shop, but I totally forgot about it, until I did this blog post. I need to list this! Even if no one buys it, it makes a great photo for treasuries.

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I made these plain heart dishes not that long ago, they came out cute! 

I just realized that I haven’t tried this glaze on any of my dinnerware. I think it’s time I do that. Hmmm, now I have to decide on which one. Should I use it on some plain plates or plates with texture? Let me know what you think!

Coyote Glaze Test – part five!

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Light Shino on cone 5 B-Mix Clay!

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Three coats brushed on with a fan brush!

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The plate has one coat of Saturated Iron on the leaves and branches, and three coats of Light Shino. It came out great, but I think it might look even better with two coats of Saturated Iron on the leaves and branches. I’ll have to try it!

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And Light Shino on Dark Brown Clay! I love these!

Coyote Glaze Test – part four!

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Light Blue Shino on cone 5 B-Mix Clay! 

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Three coats brushed on with a  fan brush!

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 They came out great! Can’t wait to try it on pieces with more texture!

Coyote Glaze Test – part three!

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Coyote Glazes on dark brown clay!

I love these flower rings, they came out great, and my daughter did a great job modeling them. These rings were glazed with light blue shino on dark brown clay.

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The vintage rose ring was made with dark brown clay, and glazed in goldenrod. The heart rings were made with dark brown clay also, and glazed in light shino. I love how the light shino shows inside the texture and the rest of the heart is brown, like chocolate kisses!

Coyote Glaze Test – part two!

 

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When I try a glaze for the first time, I like to try it on something small, like these leaves. I glazed this leaf pendant necklace in goldenrod. It came out great!

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I glazed a few leaves in Shino. I love these, each one came out slightly different.

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And I glazed one in Light Shino. I’m not too excited about this one. I think I’ll try one with Saturated Iron underneath the light shino. That should make it more interesting…hopefully!

Coyote Glaze Test – part one!

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 Glaze testing with Coyote Glazes!

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These test tiles were textured with a piece of Portuguese Lace…made by my husbands grandmother. I brushed on one coat of Saturated Iron, using a fan brush. Then washed it off with my sponge…leaving the Saturated Iron only in the cracks and crevices. Then I brushed on two coats of Light Shino, on the test tile on the right, and Light Blue Shino, on the test tile on the left. Now I’ll have to try two coats of Saturated Iron and see what happens.

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The test tile on the right, is the same texture that I use on my Backwater Bay Collection. I really like how this came out! I used the same combination of glazes, one coat Saturated Iron, and two coats Light Blue Shino. I can’t wait to use this on my plates!

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These test tiles have the same glaze combination, one coat Saturated Iron, and two coats Light Blue Shino. But look how different they look. The texture on the test tile on the left is not very deep, but you can still it, the brown doesn’t break through like the other test tiles, but I like it! The other test tile is just plain. I think it looks like Stonewashed Denim. I need to try this on something larger.

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This test tile has two coats of Light Blue Shino. You can see the texture, but I think it would have showed up better with Saturated Iron under it.

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This test tile was textured with the same texture I use on my Vintage Cottage Collection. It has two coats of Light Shino brushed on with a fan brush. You can see the texture through the glaze, but I think if I had put a coat of Saturated Iron underneath, the texture would be more prominent.

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These test tiles have one coat of Saturated Iron under two coats of Light Shino. I think the leaves might need two coats of Saturated Iron.

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This test tile has one coat of Saturated Iron under two coats of Shino. I’m not sure what it would look like with a deeper texture? I’ll have to do more testing.

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This one has one coat of Saturated Iron…only on the leaves, and two coats of Goldenrod. I think two coats of Saturated Iron would be better. I’ll have to try it.

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The test tile on the left has one coat of Coyote Black, and two coats of Goldenrod. It’s very interesting! Need to test more. The test tile on the right has one coat of Coyote Black and two coats of Red Gold, needs more testing.

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Next time I’ll show you what some of these look like on some pottery.