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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 Bloomin' Blue, 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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I buy these glazes every time I order school supplies.
By Ms. Roche
from Wilkesboro, NC
Comments about Mayco Jungle Gems Crystal Glazes:
I use this product with my classes to make exciting surfaces on our pottery when we don't want to worrying about painting designs. My students use this the most on sculptural pieces. They love how the glaze crazes and creates colorful patterns over their forms.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Love the results
I know that these products will give me the results I want
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
By The Female Hobbit
from Colorado Springs
The glazes provide an even dispersing of color burst throughout the ceramic piece once applied. Looks great dipping down a solid color as well!
I will definitely buy this product again.
from Spencer, WI
Comments about Mayco Jungle Gems Crystal Glazes Classroom Packs:
These glazes are very true to form. They fired to a great color. I had second graders working with them and they turned out amazing. Nice, bright colors with lovely crystal effects. The only thing I didn't care for was the color, Lagoon Blue, did not have a very good crystal reaction. The blue is great, but no color burst/change effects. The remaining five though...AMAZING!
Mayco Jungle Gems Crystal Glazes
from Chicago Heights, Illiinois
My pottery students use these Jungle Gem Glazes more than any of the other glazes. They have exciting outcomes each time! The glaze is very easy to apply, the crystals give the glaze a greater depth and richness. These glazes are very popular and loved by my students.
Love Jungle Gems
from Colorado Springs CO
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.
Love Dick Blick!!
By Lauralyn Popp
from Jacksonville, Florida
Love ordering with Dick Blick!! They do a great job getting thing sent well packed in a timely manner. Prices are pretty good too. Great buying specials !! Highly recommend!!!
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Not a fan
By art andy
from Moffat Co
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 email@example.com.
from Long Beach, CA
I've bought a few of these mayco jungle gem glazes and love how they turn out.
(2 of 2 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.
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