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This resist is brushed or dripped on and it keeps glaze or slip off that area and burns off in the firing.
It is best suited to bisque and detail work.
They should be allowed to dry thoroughly to minimize the glaze that sticks and has to be wiped off.
This type of wax is usually used for foot rings.
Dip brushes into dishwashing liquid or soft soap before each use to give them a protective coating.
Clean with hot water and soap after each use.
Don't use these brushes for anything else.
Mark the ends of the brush handles in a specific paint color so you will remember which are for wax.
Liquid hand soap can be used to thin old wax resist.
In a pinch, white Elmer's glue will work as a wax resist, but the glaze doesn't bead up nice and you will have to work harder to wipe the glaze off.
This resist is also used as a mask, but peeled off prior to firing.
This allows you to build up layers of color.
It can be used on greenware, bisque and unfired glaze.
Don't use good brushes.
Latex will eventually ruin your brushes, no matter how well you clean them.
Don't wear nice clothes, because latex will also ruin your clothes.
Mix a little liquid dish soap with water.
Before using latex, wet your brush in the soapy water to help with brush ability and cleanup.
After you're finished use the same soapy water to clean your brushes.
This also helps keep the brush from clogging up.
Work quickly to avoid pulling off dry material as you apply the resist.
Apply one thick coat of latex.
Thinner coats may be difficult to remove.
When the top surface of the latex begins to yellow, it can be removed using a needle tool or scrapper to gently lift edges.
Wear a dust mask when removing the latex.
Dried glaze particles on top of the latex will create dust.
You may thin latex resist with a little water if necessary.
MELTED WAXThis is not as commonly used for convenience reasons.
It is especially good on greenware because it is unaffected by the moisture in the clay.
You can draw designs with it and gently wipe off the surrounding clay to get a raised pattern.
It flows readily on bisqueware and unfired glaze.
It is not very good for bisque because mistakes are difficult to remove.
Mix wax resist with oxides and chill them into cubes.
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