[Clayart] Liquid latex

sumi sumi at herwheel.com
Thu Jan 5 18:54:25 UTC 2023


You are not getting a lot of answers perhaps because we don't have the 

I've worked with latex but I have never tried to thin it. Since it 
washes off with water, I would try water as a thinner first.

The one thing I do know about working with latex is the need to soap 
your brush; some people dip in liquid soap, or you can rub your wet 
brush on a bar of soap.

And I know it is important to build up a thick enough layer that it will 
peel off without tearing.

I've worked with a couple of brands, most recently Laguna's. In the old 
days it smelled like ammonia but it doesn't any more, thank goodness.

I have seen students successfully apply liquid latex over an underglaze 
and peel it off without removing the underglaze. I'm not sure if you can 
peel it off a glaze as successfully.

> Hi Vince-
> Thanks for your follow up on wax resist.  And when my production warrants
> clean bottoms I’ll use it
> That appproach.
> Right now wax won’t work to allow me to layer glazes as in a sort of plaid
> where I need to mask parts of the design.  I like pulling up the latex from
> a glazed part so that I can add a different glaze over that part.
> Maybe some one out there has encountered liquid latex for a similar use.
> -ginger d-d
> On Sun, Jan 1, 2023 at 7:17 PM <vincepitelka at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi Ginger -
>> I can't help you with the latex thinner, but I used hot wax very safely
>> for ten years in my studio in northern California.  The secret to using hot
>> wax safely is to not heat it so hot.  Use a good electric frying pan or
>> electric stew pot and keep the temperature at 180.  Add a bit of mineral
>> oil to the melted paraffin to get the brushing consistency you want.  Use
>> natural fiber brushes that won't be damaged by the hot wax.
>> In California I was doing fairly high production, and for my wax I was
>> using a electric stew pot - like an electric frying pan but deeper.  I
>> drilled holes on opposite sides to support an axle, and mounted a
>> natural-bristle paint roller on the axle so that the lower portion of the
>> roller was in the wax.  I'd regularly add more wax and mineral oil to
>> maintain the level.  With that setup, the foot of any pot could be rolled
>> against the paint roller to wax it, and with a fairly short-nap roller, the
>> wax would come up a uniform 1/8" on the sides.
>> - Vince
>> Vince Pitelka
>> Potter, Writer, Teacher
>> Chapel Hill, NC
>> vpitelka at dtccom.net
>> www.vincepitelka.com
>> https://chathamartistsguild.org/
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Clayart <clayart-bounces at lists.clayartworld.com> On Behalf Of
>> Ginger Dunlap-Dietz
>> Sent: Sunday, January 1, 2023 10:52 AM
>> To: Clayart international pottery discussion forum <
>> clayart at lists.clayartworld.com>
>> Subject: [Clayart] Liquid latex
>> It’s possible that my question about using liquid latex got lost in the
>> recent quiet time but I still would like an answer.   I use liquid latex
>> for masking in glaze application and would like to know what to use As a
>> thinner. What brand is most useful? And what are some suggestions for use?
>> Wax resist doesn’t work for multi layer glaze masking and honestly don’t
>> like having to wipe glaze off the wax before firing.
>> Thanks for responding in the New Year.  Good one to all.
>> ginger d-d
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Sumi von Dassow
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