Substitutes for Kiln Wash
If you've ever been caught without kiln wash
or fiber paper on hand, you may find this list of possible
1. Plaster makes a fine substitute kiln
wash. Just sift it evenly over the kiln shelf, then fire as
2. Silica (flint) will also work in a
pinch. Sift over the shelf, then fire.
3. Mica will also work as an emergency
kiln wash. Sift it over the shelf, then fire. The mica
may stick to the underside of the glass, but this is usually an
attractive addition to the piece.
4. Talc or whiting are possible
alternatives to kiln wash, but these are less desirable than other
options mentioned above. There may be some sticking to the
glass, especially at higher temperatures.
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