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Checking Specific Gravity

Posted on June 24, 2017

What is Specific Gravity (sg)? 

It is a calculations of how many particles of actual glaze material exist in a standard unit, in this case, in 100ml of water. If we can find out how dense the particle count is, then we'll know how thickly the glaze will apply.

Calculating a "sweet spot" of 145-150sg ensures you've mixed the glaze properly and that you're getting the best possible outcome for your glaze. 

If you're a visual learner, this cool graphic might help put all the pieces into place!

You'll need:

Step 1: We're going to work in the unit "grams." Place your graduated cylinder on the scale and measure it's weight. This graduated cylinder is 14g.

Step 2: With your graduated cylinder still on the scale, pour your glaze into it up to the 100g mark (Remember: 100 ml = 100 g).

Step 3: Read the weight showing on the digital scale, then subtract 14g (the weight of the graduated cylinder).

Step 4: That final number is your glaze's current specific gravity!

 

You want to have a glaze that is within 145-150 sg. 

 

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Mixing Dry Glaze

Posted on June 24, 2017

Learning how to mix dry glaze allows for endless possibilities! Why is mixing dry glaze the way to go?

  1. You can dip it! This helps get a more even coverage.
  2. It's far more economical.
  3. You feel like a mad scientist!

It's easy once you get the hang of it. We'll show you how to mix dry glaze for a 1lb batch and how to check the surface gravity so that you get consistent results every time.

You'll need:

  • 1lb dry glaze
  • A sealable container, preferably one that can hold 2 pints
  • Water
  • Stir stick
  • Hand-held blender (optional)
  • 60 Mesh Sieve (optional)

Step 1: Add 1lb of dry glaze into a container. Add 2g Brushing Medium if you're planning on applying the glaze with a brush (not needed for Coyote Glazes).

Step 2: Begin by adding 10oz of water and mix vigorously, preferably with a hand blender. You're aiming for the consistency of heavy cream. Add the remaining 2oz of water if needed.

Step 3: Let stand for 24 hours to allow mixture to settle.

Step 4: After letting it sit for 24 hours, mix again and use a sieve to remove any particles. We recommend using the 60 Mesh Mini Sieve.

Step 5: Check your Specific Gravity

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A Bees Favourite Menu!

Posted on May 31, 2017

We're always asked "Whats the best flowers to plant for bees?" (...Because, if you haven't heard, our helpful bees are significantly declining in numbers!)

Making your garden Bee-Friendly will benefit both the bees, and the humans. 

One of the best ways to help is to plant flowers and flowering herbs in your garden that bee's LOVE. It's safe to say anything with vivid colours in purple, blue and white will do. Planning a garden that blooms through all seasons, ie. late spring to early fall, is also necessary to keep bees happy and healthy all year.

Try to choose at least one plant for each season!

In addition to helping them out with food, you can also help them safely access water. Bees need a safe "landing pad" in order to drink water without drowning. Our Bee Waterer is perfect for attracting them and providing a safe landing.

Helping the bees helps humans! We've gotta give it to them, they help us eat (they're responsible for pollinating 70% of crops - chocolate included) so we should help them eat, too!

Now until June 30th, save 15% off our "Bee Collection"

 

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We toured the Coyote Glaze headquarters (and it rocked!)

Posted on April 06, 2017

We had the privilege to get a personal tour at the Coyote Clay and Colour warehouse in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Owner and founder Martin Butt showed us the ropes of what it looks like to make glazes on a production level - this is what we call real magic, people!

First and foremost, we just want to put it out there that we are hardcore Coyote fans. Most of our work for production incorporates Coyote glaze on Laguna clay. Did you know that B-Mix clays are based on Martin Butt's recipes? So you can image how much we nerded out when we got a behind-the-scenes look!

All their glazes are made in 50kg batches, individually tested, and hand poured into pints! HAND POURED! As wholesale production potters ourselves, we were so happy to see the handmade touch that goes into the glazes we use! We really feel like it embodies the philosophy of handmade, which makes us love it even more.

And as for testing each glaze? Yup, there's a wall for that! We felt like a kid in a candy store. And the coolest part was Coyote keeps its studio doors open for independent artists to work and have 100+ buckets of glaze at their fingertips. Imagine all the great combos that must be discovered there? 

These are the class glazes

Needless to say, we’re inspired. We’re currently working on bulking up our own wall of test tiles for Coyote samples. We’ve always got at least 50 different Coyote glazes in stock, but now its time to show ‘em off!

We wanted to personally thank Martin Butt for his time and generosity to give us a sneak peak of how our favourite glazes are made!

Thanks, Martin!

Check out our selection of Coyote glaze, that is now 10% OFF for the month of April, and let us know if there are some colours you think we should stock! 

And as for getting inspired, consider joining this Facebook Group: Coyote Glaze Information Exchange. It's a great place to share and discover new glaze combos, especially if you don't happen to live in Albuquerque!

 

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Drawing Ribs by Mudtools... a game changer for texture!

Posted on February 01, 2017

As suppliers and potters, we're always on the hunt for new pottery tools that really make it a game changer in the studio. It's tough, but someone has to test out the gadgets... *smirking*

For us, the newest find was the Drawing Ribs by Mudtool. If you love texture on your work, this is the new "treat yo'self" gadget. Adding texture to your work really helps with your glaze-game, especially in conjunction with Celadon glazes. If you're into applying slip on the inside or outside of your work like me, the sharp, precise edges of these Drawing Ribs work best to carve into the slip. Check out this guy's video (at 4:15 minutes) of him creating texture with slip.

Although the Drawing Ribs may seem similar to the amazingly-priced, practical, hard-working serated rib (my favourite tool if you can't tell), the Drawing Rib differs with its spacing and pattern of grooves along the edge, allowing more variation with line.  And bending the Drawing Rib can help distort the grooves even more!

Sorry serated rib, you're just a little too boring for texture.

But, I think the real magic in all of this is its ability to curve on the INSIDE of a bowl... Now that's a game changer!


There isn't really anything else out there that has the fine detail or metal grooves to bend effortlessly around curved objects like the Drawing Ribs. Not even a potential idea for a thrifty-do-it-yourself-pottery-tool my brain could muster up. I'd say, give 'em a try! Especially because they're all on sale right now. Oh, did I forget to mention that?

Expires March 1, 2017.

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