Elements

Application Recommendations

The following application recommendations are based upon the original product development intent and use for the product. Information on alternative application methods is listed in the section "Usage Variations and FAQ's". Shake for 5-6 seconds before use. Dispense glaze onto a palette (tile, plate, etc.) and apply with a soft brush or decorating accessory of choice (sponge, stamp, etc.). Dipping your brush directly into the jar could contaminate the jar's contents, especially if you are using other glazes. Apply 3-4 coats to your piece. Elements™ glazes were designed to mature at a shelf cone 06 (999° C or 1830º F). When applying them over a large surface area we recommend a broad, soft brush, such as a CB-604 #4 Soft Fan Brush or CB-618 #8. Moisten the brush with water first. Try to get the brush fully saturated (loaded) and apply each coat in the same direction. When the wet look has gone from the first coat, you may apply the next coat of glaze. Make sure the glaze has dried thoroughly prior to firing. A medium ramp/firing rate is recommended (250°F per hour) at shelf cone 06.

  • An uneven glaze application, the piece’s shape and surface texture can affect the fired finish.

  • Amount of detail on the ware can also affect the fired finish

  • Allow the pieces ample room in the kiln for air circulation during firing. A heavily loaded kiln will affect the color and the float within the colors as will the firing at temperature cone 06 versus cone 05.

  • Some Elements™ may produce pleasing effects when fired to cone 6; all will change color: Click here to view Mid-Range firing guide PDF.

Mayco Elements 101

Usage Variations & FAQs

Using Elements with Pottery Cascades creates beautiful effects. However, intermixing Elements with other glazes is unpredictable; make test samples first to see if the fired result is the desired effect.

Apply to properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque. Use a soft fan or glaze brush, depending on the area and surface to be covered. Generally, three- four coats of glaze are recommended. However, applying four coats will produce a totally different look. For a different effect, brush on three coats and apply a final fourth coat using a silk or sea wool sponge. An uneven glaze application and the ware’s shape and surface (plain or embossed) will also affect the look of the glaze.

When Elements are re-fired to lower lustre temperatures (shelf cone 018-020), the original glaze color changes. If this is not a desired effect you will not want to apply lustres over them. However, you may find the re-fired finishes to be desirable. Our advice is to experiment and make test samples using lustres with the specifc Element™ with which you are using.

Food Safety is determined by standards established by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). ASTM method C-738 and C-927-80 are "leach tests"; the tests involve measuring the chemical composition of an acidic food before exposure to a glazed surface and the chemical composition after a several days. If the levels of glaze materials found in the food are below the established limits, the glaze can be marketed as "Food Safe". Glazes that create dimensional surfaces also create crevices and nooks that can trap food - even after washing. This can lead to bacterial growth and cause health issues. Our policy is to discourage the use of textural glazes on ware that is intended for food usage even though the glaze has met all food safety criteria.

Many Elements™ create beautiful effects when used with stoneware in a cone 6 firing environment. Cone 6 color results can be found on the left hand side of the label giving a description of the fired results at cone 6. Care must be used in application as Elements will be quite fluid and move during the firing process. Keep away from bottom of ware by tapering toward the bottom of the piece or create a natural stop with another glaze. Many of the Elements™ produce interesting effects at cone 6 but will change color. We recommend testing to determine color, surface characteristics and movement prior to use. Testing should also be done to determine if this glaze fits the cone 6 clay body you are using. Click here to view Mid-Range firing guide PDF

Elements™ and Elements™ Chunkies product families contain glazes that have been designated either AP (non-toxic) or CL (Health Caution). Those products labeled CL should not be used by children. Please refer to the label for specific cautions and advisements.