Atkinson-Jones      Precious Metal Lustres

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Technical Advice


All AJ lustres are suitable for porcelain, bone china, earthenware and tiles.


Store lustres and precious metal lustres at approx 20 degrees Centrigrade except for pink, violet, carmine and red which MUST be stored in the fridge.


Make sure that the ware is clean and dry before application of lustres. Dust, fingerprints and water can adversely affect the decoration during the firing process. (wash pieces with washing-up liquid, rinse with clean water and dry with cloth)

Apply a very thin layer of lustre either with a brush or a sponge. Leave to dry, then fire. If a deeper, more intense colour is required, fire a first coat, re-apply and re-fire. Ensure that subsequent firings are at least 5 degrees lower than the previous firing.

With mother of pearl; if applying with a brush, use a cross hatch technique to break up the beams of light and avoid stripes.

Use a separate brush for each colour to avoid contamination.

Cleaning brushes

First, clean in white spirit and thoroughly dry. Second, clean again in a new clean pot of unused white spirit and dry again. Finally, clean brush in meths and dry.

Using White

To lighten any lustre, add up to 10% of white. In this way one can achieve many shades of the same colour whilst keeping the viscosity the same. Do NOT use with gold, platinum or copper.

Thinning Oil

Use up to 10% to make the lustres more fluid, especially if you want to make the colours flow more. Do not thin the AJ gold, platinum or copper.


Always fire in a well-ventilated space. Get as much air into the kiln as possible and do NOT close any vents. Firing temp; 730 to 800 degrees Centrigrade. Fire quickly.

Do NOT overpack the kiln. Make sure there is plenty of space between each piece.

Health and Safety

All lustres are flammable and may cause irritation to the skin. Skin contact; Remove person from source of contamination, rinse affected skin with plenty of water and get prompt medical attention.

Avoid inhalation. If inhaled; move the exposed person to fresh air at once and get prompt medical attention.

Ingestion; Do NOT induce vomiting. Rinse mouth thoroughly. Drink large volumes of water and get prompt medical attention. NEVER make an unconscious person vomit or drink fluids.

Eye contact; Remove contact lenses from the eyes before rinsing eyes thoroughly. Continue to wash eyes with plenty of water for 15 minutes while lifting eye lids and get medical attention.

Ecotoxicity; Dangerous to the environment if discharged into watercourses. Dispose of containers responsibly.

Buying Lustres


The buying process works in conjunction with secure PayPal. Open the "Buy Lustres" page, select the first lustre you wish to buy and click on the "Add to Cart" link underneath the picture. This will take you to the secure PayPal page “Your Shopping Cart”. Click on “Continue Shopping” to select further lustres from the "Buy Lustres" page. You may need to click on "Yes" to answer a question in a small window. Once you are on the "Buy Lustres" page, continue shopping. PayPal limits you to 15 selections.

Once you have added all the items to your shopping list and adjusted quantities, you wiil be asked for payment details. If you have a PayPal account, click on the “Checkout with PayPal” link.

If you prefer to pay by credit or debit card, click on the “Check Out” link. The next PayPal page shows your order summary which can be still amended. Click on “Pay with your debit or credit card as a PayPal guest”. The next page allows you to enter your card details then click on “Continue”.

The next page thanks you for the order and confirms payment. Note the details or print them out. Shortly afterwards a confirming email will be sent to you. Despatch will take place shortly afterwards. At that point you will receive a despatch email from Atkinson-Jones. If, for whatever reason, the despatch cannot be made within a short time an email will be sent to you.

Postal Delivery and Charges

UK orders are despatch by first class post and with proof of posting, except for orders over £500, when they will be despatched by registered post.

Postal costs are calculated at £4.00 for orders less than £25, £6.50 for orders thereafter.

UK and EEC orders can be made through this web site. For all other countries please email your order to .We will send an invoice you via paypal with correct postage due. Once paid ,we will send out your order.