[Clayart] Liquid latex
Beverly Norton Walker
nortonwalkerstudio at gmail.com
Thu Jan 5 22:13:45 UTC 2023
I’m not an expert, but I will pipe in here. The only thing I’ve used for
many many years is liquid latex for my design work. I find Axner (Laguna)
pottery liquid latex, water based is the best. I always buy it in the pints
since once you open it you need to be careful of the drying out. And yes,
pour a little bit out into another container I add a drop or two of food
coloring to easily identify it, and then thin it with just a little bit of
water at a time.
I use some water with lots of dawn, liquid soap, added to keep my brushes
clean . If it’s foamy on brushes there’s too much soap.
The brushes you use are important, I steer clear of bristle type. Don’t
spend too much money on them though.
Hope this helps.
Btw, if you’re ordering liquid latex, be aware, it shouldn’t freeze. They
ship from California or Florida
Beverly Norton Walker
On Thu, Jan 5, 2023 at 1:55 PM sumi <sumi at herwheel.com> wrote:
> 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
> > where I need to mask parts of the design. I like pulling up the latex
> > 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
> >> 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.
> >> 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
> >> 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
> >> against the paint roller to wax it, and with a fairly short-nap roller,
> >> 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
> >> 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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