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Wax Resist

Wax emulsion or melted wax is used to create patterns on ceramics. The wax is painted onto unfired ceramic ware to keep those pattern areas from being covered in slip or glaze. Next, the piece is painted with slip or glaze and then fired. The firing melts the wax and reveals the unfired clay beneath it. Wax resist can also be used to retard the drying of leather-hard ware.


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