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Alternatives to glaze?!

Discussion in 'Design and technology' started by llov1_04, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. Our school budget won't stretch to buying some glaze for clay cups
    that my class are going to make - they will be fired and then I wanted
    to glaze them (with food safe glaze) so we could drink from them.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for alternatives?!

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Spencer_DT

    Spencer_DT Occasional commenter

    Varnish or lacquer will obviously not be food safe, how about making your own glaze. Trial it first, take a glass bottle, colour of your choice, wrap it in a towel and without the students about smash it up. Carefully take the smallest pieces and repeat the process until you have a fine glass powder. Mix this "cullet" with water to make a slurry, paint straight onto the clay using a brush and fire. Should work, can't see a reason why it would'nt? May not be as good as a pro glaze but it is pretty much free so worth a try?


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