The Crystalites series of crystal glaze features a bright palette of opaque color for low fire. During the firing, chunks of multi colored glaze crystals burst and flow on top of the base glaze. You can even position the crystal chunks where you want them to melt on your piece. Due to varying application, each piece will be unique. Although Crystalites are non-toxic and thus food safe when fired properly according to FDA standards, they may not be practical for containers used for food due to their surface characteristics.
Crystalites are applied using a soft fan brush to cone 04 bisque ware. The fan brush is helpful for a more even disbursement of the crystals, creating a pleasing pattern to the glaze. Generally two coats of the glaze are applied from the jar after being shaken thoroughly. Shake the jar before applying each coat. With application of the third coat of glaze, the crystals are stirred and shaken to suspend them into the glaze.
Due to the nature of the non-toxic formula of the glaze, these crystals settle quicker and may need to be stirred more often while glazing. The brush should be swished down to the bottom of the jar to gather the crystals during the application of the third coat of glaze to insure that a good coat of crystals is applied.
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TECH TIP: Many of Mayco’s line of low-fire glazes can be fired up to Cone 6! Read Mayco’s glaze instructions on the bottle to find out how the “look” of the glaze may change at Cone 6.