Lustre Lesson

What are lustres?
Do you know about lustres?
You can find it on the work of Old Noritake shining as metallic iridescent colours.
Lustres are made from metallic oxides and are supplied in liquid form and are usually almost brown and green when applied straight from the bottle. Based on metal compounds dissolved in organic solvents their true colors are only achieved or recognized through firing. On smooth glazed surface they produce colors of high brilliance with metallic iridescent colors.
Lustres may be applied onto any fired glazed ceramic including Porcelain, Bone china, Tile, Soft glazed ceramic.
After firing, lustres form a very thin layer on the surface of glaze but as they're susceptible to abrasion from use of rough substances. Generally they are used as@decorative pieces only. Lustres are not completely permanent.

Lustre work
Cleanliness and clean firing are the most important things during lustre work.
When working with lustres, you are literally working with chemistry set. If your brush is dirty, and is still moist from another medium, lustre or paint, you will get contamination and the results will be muddy. Be careful!! Putting bottle caps back on wrong bottles, or not washing your brush or not having separate brushes for separate colors, carelessness will result to disappointments.

Safety considerations


Liquid lustres are hazardous to your health if due care is not taken.
› Vapors during application and firing are dangerous.
› A suitable ventilation and air flow must be maintained to dispense vapors away from working area.

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