Sculpting Medium

Sculpting Medium is a dimension “glaze” that produces a white, raised surface.

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Dimensional Texture

Sculpting Medium is a low-fire dimensional glaze that produces a white raised surface. Add structured design elements and texture to your work by combining Sculpting Medium with stencils, lace and stamps.

Raised or Incised Textures

Use to create a controlled surface texture, use a stencil, or use a sponge to create more organic textures.

General Use

Mix well. Apply with a brush, palette knife or squeegee directly on bisque or on top of an unfired glaze. Sculpting Medium has the viscosity of condensed milk and it can be brushed on or applied with a sponge.  The recommended application thickness is 1/16 to ⅛”. Sculpting Medium is quick drying. If desired, apply Stroke & Coat over Sculpting Medium to add color. Fire to shelf cone 05/06 (1031°C – 999°C); it will not perform at higher temperatures. The fired finish can be coarse and have rough edges; a layer of clear glaze (or a colored glaze) will smooth these sharp edges.

For use with a stencil, hold a stencil onto your piece and brush Sculpting Medium over the stencil. Allow the Medium to set up a bit (until the wet look is gone) and then remove the stencil.

Non-Toxic

Sculpting Medium has been certified as Non-Toxic, safe for use by artists of all ages when used according to manufacturer’s directions. Recommended for ornamental use only due to surface characteristics.

Available Sizes

Product Features

Layer Glazes over Sculpting Medium

For a raised colorful design, apply 2-3 coats of Stroke & Coat® or Foundations® glaze over Sculpting Medium to change the color. Elements™ glaze on top of the Sculpting Medium gives an interesting effect. Mayco recommends testing with Elements™ glaze first.

Precise, Crisp Designs

Fine detailed textures can be created using stencils, paper cut-out patterns and other tools. Best used with translucent or sheer glazes.

Helpful Hints

  • Sculpting Medium is sensitive to thicker applications. Creating a layer 1/8” may result in splits or cracks appearing in the fired surface. This may be an effect you intentionally wish to achieve; if not, keep the thickness below 1/8”.
  • Quick drying means design integrity is maximized.
  • Base glaze properties can impact your final surface. Applied over a moving glaze will cause the Sculpting Medium design to move and separate.
  • After removing tools such as stencils or lace sharp, jagged edges may form. A moistened fan brush can be used to smooth these rough edges. You can also apply a glaze over the design to help smooth sharp effects.
  • Sculpting Medium will shrink slightly over glaze. Needs to be fired at cone 05/06, otherwise the sculpting medium will gloss and soften the edges.
  • Can be applied in a painterly fashion using brushstrokes or squeezed through a writer tip.
  • Non-Toxic, Food Safe. Recommended for ornamental use only.

Usage Variations and FAQs

How do I apply Sculpting Medium?

Sculpting Medium may be applied with a brush, writer bottles, filled in a stencil for design, sponging, and impasto.

Why did the Sculpting Medium crack, pull back or split?

Heavily applied Sculpting Medium may result in the slits and cracks. Keep the thickness to below 1/8″. When applied over another glaze, the Sculpting Medium shrinks leaving a halo.

Can Sculpting Medium be applied on bare bisque?

Yes, it may be applied directly on bisque or on top of an unfired glaze. If applied on an unfired moving glaze i.e. Elements or crystal glaze the Sculpting Medium will move.

How do I tint Sculpting Medium?

You can apply 2-3 coats of Stroke & Coat® or Foundations® glaze over the top of the Sculpting Medium to change the color. Elements™ glaze on top of the Sculpting Medium gives an interesting effect. Mayco recommends testing with Elements™ glaze first.

The label says food safe, but not suitable for food surfaces?

Sculpting Medium is a textured glaze that could trap food and create bacteria. Mayco does not recommend using glazes with surface issues on dinnerware.

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