[Clayart] Hot Wax

Michael Wendt mwendt at wendtpottery.com
Wed Jul 17 11:39:52 EDT 2019

You want to do an inlay technique.
I do this in the reverse order from your description.
I coat the inlay color first, wax the pattern on.
Hit it with the heat gun until the oily sheen appears.
Use cold water and a sponge to remove carefully up to the edge of the inlay.
If the clay is dry enough, I dip the piece in the main glaze.
If multiple colors are to be applied, each gets placed, waxed, and washed 
back to the wax in turn.
Then the final glaze coat adheres only to the non-waxed areas precisely up 
to the wax.
I just did 12 mugs for a customer using this technique and it produces very 
sharp patterns with most glazes.
I can't understand why you would want glaze to be so thick though.
Michael Wendt
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Paul Gerhold" <gerholdclay at gmail.com>
To: "Clayart international pottery discussion forum" 
<clayart at lists.clayartworld.com>
Sent: Monday, July 15, 2019 2:04 PM
Subject: Re: [Clayart] Hot Wax

Here is where I am so far. Bisque at 08. Apply water based wax based resist. 
Apply three to four coats of brushed glaze. Clean up the glaze on top of the 
wax with Q tips. Fire to cone one. Fill in the  bare areas with a second 
glaze. Fire to cone 4 . Results are incredible but not quite the ability to 
do precise design work I am after.

But it is the journey not the destination.


> On Jul 15, 2019, at 1:03 PM, Joseph Herbert <josephherbert827 at gmail.com> 
> wrote:
> Hi, Paul
> Don't know what you are trying to achieve, but...  How about a hot glue
> gun?  Using glue or heat activated caulk?
> You could end up with some smelly burn out, but the glue/caulk could be
> built up pretty high, almost like a plastic cloisonné barrier.  Has the
> advantage of setting very rapidly.
> Good Luck!
> Joe
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