Stroke & Coat Accents
The following application recommendations are based upon the original product development intent and use for the product. Information on alternative application methods is listed in the section "Usage Variations and FAQ's".
- 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. Aways 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
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
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 AC-304 Media or a few drops of water to reconstitute Accents. Stir and test for proper viscosity. Add water or media sparingly so as not to thin Accents too much.
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.
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.
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.
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.