A fine grained, medium plasticity, buff burning native stoneware material reaching vitrification and very high strength at cone 7. Midstone is a very balanced smooth stonewre material mined in southern Saskatchewn. Midstone and Palestone are the most balanced and highest quality stoneware clay raw materials in North America and there are huge reserves of both (Midstone is less plastic than Palestone and lighter firing). Using a mix of Midstone and Palestone is an ideal way to assure a consistant body year after year. Midstone is available in raw lump form, please enquire.
From a working properties point-of-view, Midstone is well balanced enough to be suitable as the main constituent for middle and high temperature bodies. In fact it is quite useful as a body all by itself. It can also be considered a plasticity-neutral addition to existing bodies.
Midstone contains a small amount of ball clay that we can increase or decrease to compensate for changes in plasticity. It also has a small complement of 3D silty stoneware to provide adjustability to maintain texture, particle size, and drying properties.
Midstone contains soluble materials that are hostile to the deflocculation process, thus it cannot easily be used in casting slips.
Midstone fired bars (cone 8 down to 4).
Midstone burns to a light straw color at cone 4 and progresses to a solid light grey-buff at cone 7-8.
Midstone-based bodies offer several advantages:
Bodies made from Midstone are easy to fit glazes to. Ones that craze on porcelain will likely fit Midstone.
This chart was derived from a specimen fired once to cone 6 in the Plainsman lab and tested in an Orton dilatometer. It is a general guide only. If you fire to a different temperature, employ different heatup or cooldown rates, or glaze-fire more than once the thermal expansion in your ware may be different than this chart indicates.
Thermal Expansion Chart. Average: 6.0.
Drying Shrinkage: 6.0-7.0% Dry Strength: n/a Drying Factor: C120 Dry Density: n/a
Sieve Analysis (Tyler mesh):
48-65: 0.2-0.7% 65-100: 0.2-2.0 100-150: 1.0-3.5 150-200: 2.5-5.5 200-325: 5.0-9.0
Cone 4: 3.0-4.0% Cone 5: 4.0-5.0 Cone 6: 4.5-5.5 Cone 7: 5.0-6.0 Cone 8: 5.2-6.2 Cone 9: 5.7-6.7
Cone 4: 7.0-9.0% Cone 5: 4.5-6.0 Cone 6: 3.0-4.0 Cone 7: 2.0-3.0 Cone 8: 1.5-2.5 Cone 9: 1.0-2.0
BaO 0.4 CaO 0.2 K2O 2.0 MgO 0.8 Na2O 0.1 TiO2 0.6 Al2O3 18.2 P2O5 0.0 SiO2 68.2 Fe2O3 1.4 MnO 0.0 LOI 8.0%
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