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Jungle Gems consist of a base glaze with pebbles, granules, and specks of contrasting glaze that demonstrate "the magic of the kiln," as they bloom into bursts of color and specks during firing.
Base glazes may be gloss or matte. Crystals may be the same type of glaze or a contrasting type. The mixture is designed to melt and smooth out in the firing. During firing, the crystals spread out and create dramatic effects.
Glazes come in 1 pint (16 oz or 473 ml) bottles. They can be high-fired. Fire to shelf cone 06, or to shelf cone 05 if more flow is desired. Many of Mayco's Jungle Gems will fire to higher temperatures with excellent results (check Mayco's High Fire Guide). If firing to higher temperatures, allow a little extra room for the crystal's flow action.
Three coats are required to produce the proper results. Jungle Gems that have a red glaze base require four coats of the base glaze. Whatever the base glaze, if enough glaze is not applied, crystals will not melt into the surface. Do not mix the crystals that have settled on the bottom of the jar into the rest of the glaze. Apply the first two coats in the usual manner with a soft fan brush. Mix the crystals into the remainder of the glaze and apply the last coat with crystals. A fan brush is helpful when applying the last coat for even dispersal of the crystals. Do not spray apply.
Tip — When crystals are applied in a necklace effect around the top of the piece, they will cascade and flow downwards, creating dramatic effects. However, when applied too near the bottom of a piece, they tend to create unasthetic results.
Caution — Jungle Gems Crystal Glazes are lead-free but not for use on food containers due to surface characteristics. Not dinnerware safe. Also, pay special attention to the safety precautions about handling glazes during application. Use good hygiene measures, such as washing your hands before and after you apply the glazes. Refrain from eating while applying the glaze.
Class Pack #1
This set of 6 pints includes Firecracker, Mystic Jade, Lagoon Blue, Sassy Orange, Blue Caprice, and Black Iris.
Class Pack #2
This set of 6 pints includes Peacock Green, Yadro Print, Strawberry Sundae, Royal Fantasy, Obsidian, and Black Opal.
Class Pack #3
This set of 6 pints includes Wildfire, Kaleidescope, Pistachio, Blue Azure, Floral Fantasy, and Masquerade.
Color Chart Note — Use this color chart as an approximation of the real color. If exact color matching is necessary, use actual samples of the materials.
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Love Jungle Gems
from Colorado Springs CO
Comments about Mayco Jungle Gems Crystal Glazes:
Relatively new to the world of ceramics. Jungle Gems make my pieces look fairly professional. My friends and relatives love the pieces I used Jungle Gems on. Easy application, nice coverage, great color at Cone 05.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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By Lauralyn Popp
from Jacksonville, Florida
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Not a fan
By art andy
from Moffat Co
Comments about Mayco Jungle Gems Crystal Glazes Classroom Packs:
Got to get it on thick a lot of glaze
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: We're sorry to hear that the application of these glazes is not to your liking. Our Product Specialists are always happy to work with you to help you determine the best product for your needs. Please feel welcome to touch base with them by calling 1-800-933-2542 (8am-5:30pm CST M-F) or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
from Long Beach, CA
I've bought a few of these mayco jungle gem glazes and love how they turn out.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Beautiful variations of colors
By Susie Q
from Glenview, Illinois
We use this glaze to create tiles that we then break up and make mosaic pieces with. It overgrazes well, and explodes into wild variations of the basic color; it's always a wonderful surprise when the kiln lid is opened! Haven't found anything I don't like about it…it's easy enough for my K-2 students to manage, yet complicated enough for the artists-in-residence that visit our school district. Would like to see more colors (not blacks!) in the class packs.
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Best place to get glazes
from Cortland, NY
Blick is now my staple for getting all my pottery glazes...best price, and free shipping
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
from Clinton, MS
My students love using the crystal glazes and these are some of the best I've ever used.The colors are bright and dependable. The effect from the splashes of color the crystals five are amazing.
from perró rico
The best ones are pistacho firecracker cracked and sassy.
By Peoriart teacher
from Peoria, AZ
Bloomin' blue is a very pretty color after it's fired BUT my students were disappointed that it looks nothing like the color swatch. Serves me right for trusting it before I fired an example. Just know that it doesn't have all the big white bubbles, mostly what you see is the background color. Like I said, still very pretty.
from San Juan, Puerto Rico
I have been using mayco glazes for many years and I love them. The color are fabulous and everything comes out beautifully.
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