Designer Liner is clay based and heavily pigmented. Use this versatile product to create fine detail with lines, dots, and letters.

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Make your Mark with Designer Liner

The metal writer tip allows for ultimate control to draw ultra-fine or bold lines, typography and intricate illustration, or apply with a brush to create watercolor or ink wash effects. Designer Liner is best when used under non-moving transparent or semi-transparent glazes. Designer Liner will fire matte when glaze is not applied over top.

General Use

Bottle Prep: Before first using the product you will need to punch a hole in the 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 metal writer tip. The metal writer tip is threaded and will snuggly fit on the tip of the screw cap.

Applying Color: Shake bottle to force color down into the tip. To initiate product flow, squeeze out a little of the product through the writer tip onto a paper towel. Use steady, even pressure to begin your detailing. Apply onto bisque or unfired glaze and then apply a clear glaze. Apply with a liner brush for fine outlining or brushstrokes. Fire to shelf cone 05/06 (1031°C/999°C) or up to cone 6 (1222°C). Designer Liner is food safe with clear glaze applied overtop, AP Non-Toxic and Non Hazardous when used under normal conditions.

Storage: If you anticipate using Designer Liner 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 as 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 will want to soak the metal writer tip in warm water to remove any traces of the designer liner from the nozzle. In either case it is important to minimize air exposure to Designer Liner. Always store at room temperature.

Designer Liner has been formulated to mature at cone 06/05. However most will maintain their color at higher temperatures. Their performance at cone 6 is noted on each individual product label. We recommend testing on your clay body and in your kiln prior to use.

 Food SafeDinnerware Safe with Clear Glaze 

Designer Liner is AP Non-Toxic, Food Safe and Dinnerware Safe when clear glaze is applied as Designer Liners are porous when left unglazed.

Product Features

Fine Detail Illustration

Try all types of linework to create depth and visual interest. Designer Liner is the tool to draw in all styles; pointillism, crosshatching, and scumbling.

Writing Text

Use the metal writer tip or a script liner brush to find your style. Create using cursive, free-hand drawing, block-lettering, or calligraphy

Brush Work

Use a brush to apply Designer Liner to simulate a watercolor or ink wash effect.

Broad Firing Range

Designer Liner enables the artist to achieve crisp, non-moving line work from cone 06 to cone 10 temperatures. To ensure sharpness in line quality, use a non-moving translucent or clear glaze over the top of Designer Liner. Fires to a matte finish without a glaze over the top.

Helpful Hints

  • Remove the white cap then gently puncture plastic tip with the metal writer tip.
  • After placing the metal tip onto the bottle cap, push the included pin through the small ziptop bag and seal (this makes it easier to keep track of the pin). Turn the bag into a flag!
  • Keep the pin in the metal writer tip when not in use.
  • Designer Liner is clay based. As such, it is the nature to dry quickly, which can promote clogging in the narrow passages of the metal and or plastic tips.
  • Clear or transparent glazing is necessary for gloss finish. Designer Liner will fire matte when no glaze is applied over top.
  • Design work could be distorted when applied on top of moving glazes. Such as, Elements™, Crystal or Stoneware glazes.
  • Wipe tip periodically on a damp sponge to keep clean.
  • Keep the metal pin to unclog the tip and keep the metal writer tip free from debris.
  • If Designer Liner begins to dry in the bottle you can add a few drops of water to reconstitute Designer Liner. Stir and test for proper viscosity. Add water in small amounts to avoid over-thinning the Designer Liner.
  • Place some Designer Liner on a tile and use a CB-110 #10/0 Liner Brush for extra fine outlining or detailing.
  • Designer Liner is not a dimensional product. If applied too thick or heavy, Designer Liner will crack and possibly pop off.
  • The 1.25 oz. squeeze bottle fits nicely in the hand, permitting complete control and refinement for outlining, drawing, and detailing. Works great with Fundamental Underglazes!

Usage Variations and FAQs

Does Designer Liner require a clear glaze?

Designer Liner is matte and textured with out a clear glaze over the top. This will create a surface issue which may trap bacteria. Clear glaze provides a shine and vibrancy. However, it is stunning on non-dinnerware in design against a glossy surface.

Can Designer Liner be used on glasswork?

Yes, it looks beautiful. However, it requires a clear cap over the Designer Liner.

Why did the Designer Liner crack or pop off?

Designer Liner is intended to be for fine lines and details, and not to be used as a dimensional glaze. Since there is no frit, designer liner will crack or pop off when over applied.

What surface can I apply Designer Liner?

Designer Liner can be applied to clay/greenware, bisque, glass, on-top of non-moving glaze, or under a sheer or semi-transparent glaze.

Can Designer Liner be fired to higher temperatures?

Designer Liner fires from cone 06-10, with little change in performance between firing temperatures. Their performance at cone 6 is noted on each individual product label. We recommend testing on your clay body and in your kiln prior to use.

Does Designer Liner fire matte or glossy?

Fires to a matte finish without a glaze over the top.

Is Designer Liner dinnerware safe?

Designer Liner is AP Non-Toxic, Food Safe and Dinnerware Safe when clear glaze is applied as Designer Liners are porous when left unglazed.

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