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Overglazes and Lusters

Information about the use of ceramic overglazes and lusters or third fired colors.

Paint with Precious Metals like gold, and platinum! Apply over fired glaze to add brilliant accents that’ll make your project look like a billion bucks! Metallic Overglazes for the brilliance of gold and white gold, and lusters for a rainbow of hues like the pearl of an oyster shell.

Overglazes are an accent product that are applied over a fired glaze and then kiln fired to a relatively low temperature. They are sometimes referred to as “third fire” glazes. Mother of Pearl is a luster, an overglaze; it is applied over a shiny fired glaze of any color. (Copper glazes should not be used). Any natural hair brush will work, it should be clean. Apply MOP in swirls, just one thin coat. You want to see brushstrokes; they will be the swirls in the finished piece. Fire to cone 020.

angell with goldWe just purchased some OG801 Bright Gold.  This is real liquid gold that you paint onto finished pieces and fire. It comes in a 2 gm. bottle (about 1″ tall including the cap)  for $31.95, at least this week — the price of gold changes with the market.  We will have to figure out how to charge for using the gold to add detail to pieces as you only use a very small amount. I am going to add some to the carousel teapot I am making so there will be a sample that you can look at. (This angel is a web picture, not one of ours.)


The other overglaze that we have in stock is called Mother of Pearl. Last year a student wanted to replicate a Christmas tree that her mother had made.  It was done in white glaze, with MOP painted over the glaze and fired again. You often see small figurines or nativity sets done in plain white with MOP. The luster is like the inside of a seashell with swirls of rainbow colors. It is difficult to see the MOP in the picture of the ballerina but the web picture of this lamp shows it a little better.


Another Third Fire product that we have is Ceramic Decals. We are having a Decal Diva Workshop on Thursday, August 18th to learn how to apply decals. For the workshop we will be using purchased cups and plates that are already fired and plain white. The decals are water-slide and work just like the kind the kids use on their models. However, these will be fired. When purchasing decals it is important to get ceramic decals rather then glass decals as they fire at different temperatures. We recently purchased a huge box of decals for you to choose from–mostly flowers, but lots of others, too. Here we see a carousel horse head on a soap dispenser, a daisy decal, and a round carousel horse decal designed for a plate.


Besides the nonfired products that we use to paint decorative pieces, we have three levels of glaze products. Underglazes (Underglazes), glazes, and overglazes.

Carousel Creations
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Ask about using third fire products–gold, Mother of Pearl, and decals.

About carolscarouselcreations

I am a retired math teacher. My jusband and I have been pouring, cleaning, firing, and painting ceramics since 1970 and have been teaching since 1972. We are both Duncan certified and members of IADCCT (International Association of Duncan Certified Caramic Teachers) and MVCT (Mahoning Valley Ceramic Teachers), a local chapter in North East Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. We have a home studio where we teach Technique Workshops and have Open Class time. We also have a party van which we take to local nursing homes. A new addition in 2020 is our online Facebook Live classes/demonstrations. We have two Etsy stores AfAfKidsNFriends for our African-American pieces and CarolsCarouselShoppe for our carousels. Find us on Facebook at CarolsCarouselCreations or send us an email to CarolsCarouselCreations@gmail.com
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