Monday, 9 November 2009

Batt Wash Sticking to the Glass

The main reasons that batt/kiln wash sticks to glass are:

1. Firing at too high a temperature. The higher the temperature, the more likely the batt wash will stick to the glass.
2. Firing with opalescent glass against the shelf. Kiln wash sticks to opalescent glasses more easily than to transparent glass.
3. Re-using kiln washed shelves that have been to fusing temperatures already.
4. Using kiln wash with high amounts of china clay makes for more sticking. Thus some brands stick more frequently than others.

Firing at too high a temperature is probably the worse culprit. The second is using opalescent directly on the kiln shelf.


Strategies to avoid this sticking are:
1. Fire at the lowest temperature you can to get the result you want.
2. Use Bullseye kiln wash.
3. Have a transparent glass on the bottom.
4. Use iridised glass, with the iridised side down to the shelf, as the iridisation acts as a separator.

There are ways to get the kiln wash off but it's easier to avoid it. Using an iridised sheet on the bottom is probably the most effective prevention.  Note: do not put iridised glass in contact with Thinfire.