5 lbs. Leopard Spot Shino Cone 10 Reduction
This is a different type of Shino. After 8 months of testing and changing a Shino formula from Australia I started to get some pretty remarkable results. I changed 2 of the main ingredients and added a sponge-like material to soak up the soda ash and the carbon. A Leopard Spot Shino was born. The ingredients are expensive. But, I've had several requests for it so I've decided to make it available.
One order includes 5 lbs of dry Leopard Spot Shino. This makes approximately 1 gallon plus of glaze.
Bisque Temperature Makes a Difference in Application: If you're working in a Porcelain or Porcelainious Stoneware (like BMix or Vegas Buff Smooth) you'll want to bisque to 08. If you're working with Stonewares (with grog) you'll need to bisque to 06. Read how long to count in your dip under Application Instructions below.
What you'll need: A metal bowl or cooking (lobster) pot. A long metal or wooden Spoon to stir with. You can also do this on the stove top and "cook" the shino "Mudd" to melt down your soda ash.
Add enough Hot Water to this shino to make it slightly thick like mud and stir. (You're melting the soda ash). Keep stirring and let cool naturally overnight to allow most of the soda ash in the shino formula to melt.
Then, add a bit of room temperature water and mix well and check it with a Hydrometer. This Shino works best if it's water content is at 40-42 on a hydrometer. Keep adding a bit of water and mix and measure it with the hydrometer until you get it to a 42 on the hydrometer scale. Once your shino is mixed you don't need to do this part again. Just stir it before you dip. So far, our first batch of Leopard Spot Shino has worked great for over a year.
If your pottery is bisque-fired to cone 08: Dip for a medium count of 6.
If your pottery is bisque fired to cone 06: Dip for a medium count of 10.
This Leopard Spot Shino Does NOT work if it's sprayed on.
Cover with a Plastic Sheet to slow down the Soda Ash from coming to the surface. Uncover the pots when you're ready to load and start the kiln.
Wadding The Feet: With a "Dipping" Shino the soda ash seeps into the body of the bisque and, even though you've wiped the foot off, it will still come thru the bisque and stick to the shelf. It's best to Wad your feet like when firing in Wood Fire or Soda Firing. Any good wadding formula will work. And, we sell Wadding on this website. The page also includes instructions for Wadding your work.
Loading and Firing Instructions: Fired in cone 10 reduction. Fire this Shino in a normal reduction atmosphere.
1). Do Not over-reduce this Shino because the carbon is already in the formula.
2) Don't load your Leopard Spot Pots next to the outer part of the shelves near the burner side. Loading them toward the center and up the front of the kiln are good places for your Leopard Spot Pots. Be sure to take notes as to where your kiln gives you the best results. Each kiln fires differently. And, each Potter fires their reduction a little different.
These images show Leopard Spot Shino on different cone 10 clay bodies: Coleman Porcelain, BMix, Wood Fire Porcelain, and other porcelain and stoneware bodies.