Foundations glazes are available in a broad assortment of colors, opacities and textures. They easily serve as the basic "foundation" glaze for any ceramic studio - be that in a school, home or retail studio. Stock numbers that contain the prefix “FN-0XX” are opaque glazes, those with the prefix “FN-2XX” are Sheer (transparent and semi transparent glazes), while those that have the prefix “FN-3XX are Matte glaze.
Foundations Sheers add translucent to semi- translucent coats of color to your work. Lightly applied, they can be used like a tinted clear glaze; additional coats will build color depth but usually not achieve complete opacity.
Product Features and Attributes
Non-toxic, non-hazardous and food safe
Self Leveling Formula - glaze glides smoothly on bisque; no brush strokes will appear in the fired finish
Steadfast Application - Foundations will not dissolve or "pick up" previous coats of glaze
Dries Quickly - speeds up your ability to handle or perform additional decorating
High Gloss Finish - does not need to be clear glazed
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 your brush or decorating accessory of choice (sponge, stamp, etc.).
Foundations Sheers glazes were designed to mature at a shelf cone 06 (999° C). When applying Foundations over a large surface area we recommend a broad, soft brush, such as a CB-604 #4 Soft Fan Brush. Try to get the brush fully saturated (loaded) and apply each coat in the same direction.
Make sure the glaze has dried thoroughly prior to firing. A medium ramp/firing rate is recommended (250°F per hour).
USAGE VARIATIONS AND FAQ’S
Sheers adds a tint of color to your work, allowing surface textures or design to show through
Q: What suggestions do you have for using Sheers?
A: Sheers can be used to build layers of color over design work, behaving much like a tinted clear glaze. When used on a detail piece Sheers will tend to gather and pool around raised and incised areas, deepen the color in those areas. Used as an all-over cover Sheers can provide an elegant and rich surface on dinnerware and home décor pieces.
Q: Can Foundations Sheers be applied to greenware or clay?
A: Mayco has tested the Foundations Sheers glazes on clay with successful results. Apply 2-3 coats of Foundations over the entire piece, leaving an area unglazed such as a back or bottom to allow for outgassing. Clay should be totally dry before firing. Fire to shelf cone 04 (1060° C). Always test on your clay body to make sure this application variance will work for you.
Q: Can Foundations Sheers be fired to higher temperatures (cone 6 and above)?
A: Many Foundations Sheers can be fired to cone 6. Darker colors - green, red, blue, orange, purple - will maintain much of their original color value (they may darken a bit compared to cone 06 results). Lightly pigmented colors - pink, yellow, tan, lighter purples - will fade. Always test to see if this application variance will work on your specific project.