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APT-II Slip MixtureIs an acrylic emulsion additive that is food safe and non-toxic.
It cleans up with water and has an indefinite shelf life.
APT-ll needs to be protect from freezing.
APT-II is available in most ceramic and pottery shops.
Add APT-II to slip until it begins to thicken.
If slip mixture becomes too thick for attaching or mending, thin back with new slip.
DO NOT USE WATER.Unused slip mixture may be stored in sealed container for a few days.
Apt-II will thicken all brands of slip, enabling the ceramist to attach, mend and create surface decorations.
The process can be performed on greenware, bisque or finished glazed pieces.
Bonding occurs immediately.
Mended area dries to a softness equal to greenware.
Mended area may be cleaned immediately.
Mended area does not shrink and leave a stress crack.
Colors and glazes adhere to mended areas without showing a difference in color.
Slip mender will adhere to glaze fired surfaces.
No odors or acid fumes from slip mender in kiln.
Attaching Wet GreenwareApply APT-II to pieces that will be joined.
Gently and firmly press pieces together.
Bonding occurs immediately.
Be sure pieces are positioned correctly.
Note: Some pieces may still require propping.
Clean excess slip with cleaning tool or damp sponge.
Limit use of water as it causes shrinkage and stress cracks.
After greenware dries, clean as usual.
Attaching Dry GreenwareApply APT-II liquid right out of the bottle instead of water, to broken pieces.
Do not let dry.
While APT-II is still damp, apply APT-II Slip Mixture to broken pieces.
Position pieces correctly, gently and firmly place together.
Immediately clean excess with regular cleaning tool or damp sponge.
Do not use excessive water.
Allow to dry and fire to a bisque firing.
Repairing Stress Cracks on GreenwareApply APT-II into stress crack.
Immediately fill with APT-II Slip Mixture.
Clean excess with cleaning tool and allow to dry.
Refire to a bisque firing.
Other things you can do with APT-II
Porcelain Bisque Repair
Adds Elasticity To Modeling Clay
Decorate With Slip On Greenware
Dipping silk flowers and natural objects.
Add to glazes for easier application, less drag, less streaking.
Causes lead free glazes to level.
Use 3 to 4 drops per ounce of glaze.
Reglazing:use 3 to 4 drops per ounce of glaze.
No preheating is required.
Causes the new glaze to adhere to a cold glaze surface
Airbrushing:to prevent color pigments from bleeding into the clay surface.
Use on hard spot areas on greenware so glaze will stick.
Use when carving on greenware, it will prevent less chipping and cracking.
Helps decals to stick on greenware and bisque.
Use as a seal over a design and wipe surrounding areas away or etch away surrounding areas with vinegar leaving the design a bit higher.
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