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Ceramics 101

How to Use Specialty Products

Mask 'n Peel
Mask 'n Peel is a water-based rubbery emulsion used to protect design areas or colors, making the application of background or adjoining colors faster and easier. It can be used under or between opaque underglazes, glazes or non-fired acrylics, and under translucent underglazes.

Dampen sponge or brush with brush cleaner or liquid dishwashing soap and squeeze out excess. Apply one good coat Mask 'n Peel to desired areas. Allow to dry thoroughly before applying color over it. While the color is still damp, lift a corner of the masked area with a tool (a sewing needle works well) or your fingernail. Use your fingertips to gently roll the mask toward the center of the area. Always check for and remove any remaining small particles.

Patch a Tatch
This is a clay-based product used to mend broken pieces of greenware or bisque, or as a cement for joining attachments to greenware or bisque.

Score and moisten broken surfaces, apply Patch-A-Tatch with a brush, join surfaces and smooth seams. Can also be used to fill small holes or scratches in greenware. Use a small brush to fill in scratches or holes and smooth with a damp sponge.

Quik Crackle
Quik Crackle is a nontoxic, water-soluable medium used to create an antique wood or aged pottery look.

Apply a smooth, even coat over a dry base coat (Bis-Stain Opaques, Ultra Metallics and Liquid Pearls work best). Let dry for 20 minutes to one hour. Drying time is slower in areas with higher humidity. Workign quickly, use a clean soft brush to apply an even coat of a contrasting top-coat color over the Quik Crackle. (Ultra Metallics and Liquid Pearls stretch rather than crack and are not suitable.) Once the top coat has been applied, do not reapply more color after cracking starts.

The cracking follows the direction in which the top coat is applied. Swirled color produces swirled cracks, straight strokes create straight cracks. Large, bold cracks are achieved with a heavier top coat, fine coats with a thin top coat. Fine-web cracking is achieved wtih a sponged-on top coat. When dry, the project should be sealed.

Wax Resist
This is a wax emulsion used to repel underglazes and glazes applied over it. The wax is burned off during firing, revealing designs or base colors. Wax Resist is also helpful in preventing chipping and peeling of color when creating sgraffitoed designs through opaque underglaze.

Dampen a sponge or brush with brush cleaner or dishwashing liquid soap, squeeze out excess and apply one good coat of Wax Resist to greenware, bisque, underglaze or glaze. Allow to dry thoroughly, then apply underglaze or glaze. When dry, gently remove any excess color from resist areas with dampened sponge before firing. Remove any loose fired underglaze particles with a stiff brush before glaze firing.

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