[Clayart] Hot Wax

Paul Gerhold gerholdclay at gmail.com
Wed Jul 17 18:40:22 EDT 2019

They cannot be fired together from glazed because the bleed is esthetically objectionable.  The only way it works is if the first and main glaze is fired to where it won't accept bleed from the second glaze which appears to about cone 1.  

Not to worry just ordered Tjanting  pens which should allow me to apply the hot wax with the precision I desire. My guess is this is going to be spectacular when the technical problems are resolved. 


> On Jul 17, 2019, at 11:39 AM, Michael Wendt <mwendt at wendtpottery.com> wrote:
> Paul,
> 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.
> Paul
>> 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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