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Astro GemsAPseal

Application Recommendations

Usage Variations & FAQs

Crystal Specks Add Layers of Texture

Astro Gems™ are an underglaze-based textural glaze that contains tiny crystals. When fired, these crystals provide jewel-like spots on the matte surface of the glaze. Astro Gems™ can be applied to both green-ware and bisque.

Astro Gems™ are certified AP non-toxic. As surfaces may be difficult to properly clean if in contact with food, we recommend Astro Gems™ be used on decorative ware.

Astro Gems™ Palette

AS510 White Opal
AS-510 White Opal

AS512 Black Diamond

AS-512 Black Diamond

AS513 Golden Sand

AS-513 Golden Sand




Application Recommendations

  • Shake for 5-6 seconds before use - you'll want to make sure the crystals are evenly dispersed in the glaze before applying.
  • Apply 3 smooth, even coats to properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque using a soft brush, such as a CB-604 #4 Soft Fan Brush.
  • Try to get the brush fully saturated (loaded) and apply alternate coats in a perpendicular direction to the previous coat (helps to evenly distribute the crystals on your surface).
  • Fire to shelf cone 06.


 

 

Usage Variations & FAQs

Q: How can I create custom colors?

A: AS-510 White Opal Astro Gem can be tinted using Mayco Underglazes. You may find success mixing stains - always conduct small tests before using on a wider scale.

 

Q: What firing and application tips can you provide?

A: Astro Gems™ behave much like an underglaze: they remain porous after firing, they do not have to be stilted, etc. However, if crystals are applied to the bottom of a piece they WILL need to be stilted. We recommend that you do not apply crystals to the bottom of a piece as the fired crystals may scratch and mar table tops and other household surfaces. Either apply unstirred Astro Gems™ to the bottom of your piece (leaving the crystals settled-out on the bottom of the jar) or wipe them away while the glaze is still wet. Avoid heavy application in recessed areas of detailed pieces. Any puddles should be brushed out before the glaze dries. When applying these glazes to bisque allow for more drying time between coats.

 

Q: How can the fired surface of Astro Gems™ be protected or sealed?

A: Astro Gems™ can be treated with AC-514 Matte Spray sealer after the project has been fired.

 

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Safety Information:

Astro Gem® glazes has been certified as AP Non-Toxic, safe for use by artists of all ages when used according to manufacturer’s directionsHowever, Astrogems are not recommended for dinnerware as they exhibit surface textures such as cracks and crevicesWhile the glazed surface may pass lead & cadmium leach tests, and therefore legally considered Food Safe, attempts to adequately clean the textured surface may cause the underlying porous ware to absorb water and failRecommended for ornamental use only.

 

Label

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Label Directions

Stir and shake well to disperse crystals. Apply 3 coats to greenware, changing direction with each coat for better distribution of crystals. Fire to shelf cone 04. Do not spray apply without proper personal protective equipment. Fired Surfaces may be made water resistant with AC-301 Repellent Sealer. Food Safe, Non-Toxic and Non-Hazardous when used according to manufacturer's directions. Not suitable for food surfaces due to surface characteristics. For more information, refer to MSDS at www.maycocolors.com

 

 

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