Mayco Snowfall & Duncan Fired Snow

Create fluffy, snow-like effects with this specialty glaze.

Cone 06 chips have been fired flat in oxidation on white earthenware body.
Cone 6 chips have been fired flat in oxidation on white stoneware body.

texture you can see and feel

Mayco Snowfall and Duncan Fired Snow are dimensional glazes that create a white, textured surface. It is a non-moving glaze and, as such, application methods (brushing, detailer bottle/slip trailer) have an impact on the fired result. Use it as an accent glaze on Christmas items and animal décor. Apply it up to ¾ inches thick for extra dimension!

dimensional design

Fired snow can simulate more than just snow, use it for ocean foam, clouds, etc. To create colored snowfall, brush Stroke & Coat®, Foundations® glaze, or Duncan E-Z Stroke® Translucent Underglazes of choice over the white snowfall and fire. For a 3-dimensional design, use snow over a stencil.

General Use

Mayco Snowfall

Mix well. Apply 2 or more coats over unfired glazes, shelf cone 04 bisque (1060°C), greenware or clay. Can be applied with a soft brush or sponge. For dimensional effects, apply using a Writer Tip. Fire to shelf cone 06 (999°C). Can be applied with a soft brush, sponge slip trailer, or writer tip for texture variations.

Although Snowfall was designed to be fired to cone 06, Snowfall may be fired to higher temperatures to add a puffy texture to mid-range fire designs. Snowfall will perform the same in mid-range firings.

Duncan Fired Snow

Stir well to a smooth consistency. Do not add water. Apply heavily to shelf cone 04 bisque. Use a palette knife, brush, sponge, ice cream stick or squeeze bottle. Avoid thin application. Apply over unfired glaze. Fire the shelf cone 06. Clean up with water.

To obtain a different look, tint or accent Snow with Duncan E-Z Stroke® Translucent Underglazes. 

ACMI CL Food Safe Not Dinnerware Safe

Snowfall has been certified as Non-Toxic, safe for use by artists of all ages when used according to manufacturer’s directions. However, Snowfall is not recommended for dinnerware as it exhibits surface textures such as cracks and crevices. While the glazed surface may pass lead & cadmium leach tests, and therefore legally considered Food Safe, attempts to adequately clean the textured surface may cause the underlying porous ware to absorb water and fail. Recommended for ornamental use only.

Certified Non-Toxic Not Dinnerware Safe

Duncan Fired Snow is Non-Toxic. Not recommended for dinnerware as it exhibits surface textures such as cracks and crevices. Recommended for ornamental use only.

Available sizes

Usage Variations and FAQs

What recommendations do you have for using Snowfall with copper-based green glazes?

SG-302 Snowfall will boil when applied on top of FN-217 Evergreen Fire, FN-219 Lustre Green and FN-218 Green Sapphire due to the copper pigment. The fired Snowfall may also become tinted (“bluing”) as the copper leaches into the glaze. Apply 2-3 coats of any of the copper green glazes leaving the area for the SG-302 Snowfall with out the green glaze and butt the SG-202 Snowfall up to the glaze.

Can Snowfall be tinted?

To create colored snowfall, brush Stroke & Coat® or Foundations® glaze of choice over the white snowfall and fire.

Your label states that Snowfall is "Food Safe", yet you also include the statement "May not be suitable for food surfaces due to surface characteristics"?

Food Safety is determined by standards established by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  ASTM method C-738 and C-927-80 are “leach tests”; the tests involve measuring the chemical composition of an acidic food before exposure to a glazed surface and the chemical composition after a several days.  If the levels of glaze materials found in the food are below the established limits, the glaze can be marketed as “Food Safe.”

Glazes that create dimensional surfaces also create crevices and nooks that can trap food – even after washing.  This food can develop bacterial growth and cause health issues. Our policy is to discourage the use of textural glazes on ware that is intended for food usage even though the glaze has met all food safety criteria.