Create Dimensional Surface Texture
Stroke & Coat® Accents is a dimensional glaze that can be used to create raised designs, outlines, stripes, dots, lines and squiggles. It can be applied directly on clay, unpainted bisque, or over other glazes. Clear glaze may be applied if desired. Unlike most other dimensional glazes, which tend to flatten out during firing, Accents fired results will remain clean and crisp.
Available Sizes & Color
- Black, 1.25 oz squeeze bottle
- Surface - can be applied to greenware, earthenware bisque or on top of a glaze.
- Gloss Finish - Accents will produce a gloss finish without the need of a clear glaze.
- Tintable - White Accents can be tinted to create new colors
- Certified AP Non-Toxic and Food Safe
- First Use & Bottle Prep: Before first using the product you will need to punch a hole in tip of the plastic screw cap using the writer tip provided. DO NOT CUT the plastic tip or make the tip opening larger than the thickness of the writer tip. The metal writer tip is threaded; twist the metal tip onto the plastic nozzle until it fits snuggly on the plastic tip.
- Applying Color: Shake bottle to force color down into the tip. To initiate product flow, squeeze out a little glaze through the writer tip onto a paper towel. Use steady, even pressure to begin your detailing. Fire to shelf cone 06 (999°C). Accents are Food Safe, Non Toxic and Non Hazardous when used under normal conditions.
- Accents may be fired to cone 6 on unglazed porcelain or stoneware bisque. Always test first before using on a major project. Accent will level a bit more at higher temperatures.
- Post Use & Storage: If you anticipate using Accents frequently, you may want to store the bottle with the metal tip left on the bottle. Place the metal straight pin (provided) into the metal writer tip; this will help keep the writer tip free from clogging. An alternative storage method is to remove the metal writer tip and reattach the white plastic tip to the screw cap. You’ll want to soak the metal writer tip in warm water to remove any traces of Accents from the nozzle. In either case it is important to minimize air exposure to Accents.
- Periodically remove the metal tip and swipe the plastic tip completely clean. Little dried particles can cause clogging in the metal tip or fall onto your work. Store at room temperature. Keep from freezing.
Usage Variations & FAQs
Q: What are some of the ways Accents are used?
A: A few suggestions for use are:
- Give contrast to a pattern, outline design work
- Use as a pen to add letters and numbers
- Create textural design on bisque or greenware.
- Create structured designs using Accents to outline sections of your design
- Black Accent is great for creating faux Mosaic and Cuerda Seca designs
Q: Why do Accents seem to get thicker in short period of time?
A: Because Accents contain more clay than other glazes they will be prone to drying more quickly. Even the small amount of air exposure at the nozzle's tip can lead to advanced drying and clogging of the metal/plastic tips of the detailer bottle. If Accents begins to dry in the bottle you can add a few drops of water to reconstitute Accents. Stir and test for proper viscosity. Add water sparingly so as not to thin Accents too much.
Q: What are some tips for creating dimensional effects with Accents?
A: You can increase the height of your detail work – to ¼” – by layering Accents. Apply a layer with the detailer bottle and let dry until a skin begins to form. Apply second and third layers the same as you did for the first. Our testing has consistently provided ¼” details; you may achieve greater heights in your work.
For thicker lines and details remove the metal tip and dispense Accents directly through plastic tip. You may sacrifice precision and clarity of detail using this method.
Q: Can I use a clear glaze over Accents?
A: Clear glazing is not required as Accents will fire to a gloss finish. If you do clear glaze, allow Accents to dry completely before applying the clear glaze. The clear glaze may cause the dimensional effect to flatten or move during firing.
Q: What are some tips for applying Accents over other glazes?
A: Stiffer glazes (matte, underglazes), which do not move as much as gloss/ heavily fritted glazes, will preserve design work more than faster moving glazes. Vertical surfaces and designs may move more than on a horizontal surface. Allow base glazes to completely dry before applying Accents.
Q: What are your recommendations for tinting White Accents?
A: Our best results were obtained by mixing Stroke & Coat® with White Accents at a ratio of 1 part Stroke & Coat® to 4 or 5 parts Accents. If you choose to dedicate a bottle of White Accents to a new color simply add the Stroke & Coat® to the Accents bottle and mix well. Alternatively, dispense White Stroke & Coat® onto a palette and mix in the Stroke & Coat® color(s) of you choice. You can use a brush to apply your custom color or you can fill a spare detailer bottle to dispense.
Shake well. Apply even pressure to flow onto bisque or glaze. Allow longer drying time if applying clear glaze. Fire to shelf cone 06 (999° C). Do not spray apply without proper personal protective equipment.