Rubbing Alchohol Wash?

Rubbing Alchohol Wash?

Post by Mandacla » Sat, 18 Apr 1998 04:00:00

I recently saw a reference to using rubbing alchohol (industrial purity) on
beads before baking.  This was not explained.  What is the effect of this?  I'd
appreciate any tips I could get on creating a smooth, clean surface on clay
before baking, so the pieces require less wet sanding! :-)

Thanks for the help!



Rubbing Alchohol Wash?

Post by Sherry Bail » Sat, 18 Apr 1998 04:00:00

I haven't used ***, I like to avoid ANY extra chemicals if I can...

For smooth finishes (which I am NOT expert at, by the way!!) I sometimes allow
a piece to set then kind of "shave" off any bumps with a blade. And/or place a
piece of parchment over the piece and burnish with something hard and smooth
and relatively flat (if appropriate to the shape), like my bone folder for
book binding. And/or simply smooth lightly with fingertips stroking the clay.

The one thing I can advise is NOT to bake something lumpy thinking you will
fix it later!! Almost never works!!