Mayco – Cone 06 - SC-2 Melon-Choly
Stroke & Coat® was originally developed to be a cone 06 bisque glaze. The "heavy-duty" performance of the glaze was built-in as a feature for novice, young (school children) or new practitioners; we set out to develop a glaze that would almost "guarantee" a good fired result. "Goof-proof", forgiving, tolerant. As user from various markets began using the glaze they informed us of the amazing results they achieved, using the glaze in ways we had not intended or anticipated. The ultimate "happy accident."
15 years later Stroke & Coat® has become our most popular glaze and it is used in every ceramics market Mayco serves.
Product Features and Attributes
Stroke & Coat®is a heavy-bodied, versatile glaze that has the widest range of use and application of any Mayco glaze The extraordinary tolerance and forgiveness of Stroke & Coat® allows it to be used as follows:
Firing Temperature - can be fired from cone 06 to cone 10
Kiln Atmosphere - reduction or oxidation firing
Surface - can be applied to greenware of bisque
Body - can be applied to earthenware, stoneware or porcelain
Application Thickness - translucent and water-color effects can be achieved with thin applications; full opacity is achieved with thicker applications - if layered it can create dimensional effects
Intermixable - Stroke & Coat® glazes can be blended to create new colors
Design Integrity - can be used to created intricate, detailed designs. Colors butted against one another will not blend. Used in Majolica techniques the glaze will not move nor will it blend into the base glaze beneath it.
Light over Dark - light colors will remain opaque when layered on top of darker colors (3 coat coverage recommended).
Liquid-to-Fired Color Consistency - the colors in their liquid state accurately represent the fired color
Glossy Finish - Stroke & Coat® will fire to a gloss finish - clear glaze is not required
Wide Palette of Colors - Stroke & Coat® glazes are available in over 70 vibrant bright and pastel shades.
Non-Toxic, Food Safe
The following application recommendations are based upon the original product development intent and use for the product.
Information on alternative application methods is listed in the section "Usage Variations and FAQ's Below".
Shake for 5-6 seconds before use. Dispense glaze onto a palette (tile, plate, etc.) and apply with your brush or decorating accessory of choice (sponge, stamp, etc.).
For all-over coverage we recommend using broad bristled brush. One coat will produce a translucent finish with subsequent coats increasing the opacity. For most applications three coats will be sufficient for complete opaque coverage.
Let dry and fire to shelf cone 06. We do not recommend "force" drying (using a hair dryer, for example) as you may experience cracks or crevices in the fired finish.
Due to the chrome-tin pigments in the formula, SC-13 Grapel and SC-33 Fruit of the Vine are sensitive to non-toxic clear glaze application. We would recommend testing first and light application of clear glaze to avoid flashing or milkiness.
SC-70 Pink-A-Dot is more translucent than the rest of the Stroke & Coat®. This color may require a 4th coat to achieve opaque coverage.
USAGE VARIATIONS AND FAQ’S
Stroke & Coat® is great for design work.
It will not move nor will it blend with glazes it is layered upon.
You can butt colors against one another - the integrity of your design will be preserved.
Lighter colors can be used on top of darker colors and remain opaque and bright.
Water Color Effects
Stroke & Coat® can be thinned with water or media (AC-304) and applied as a wash or used to create water-color styled paintings.
Potters and Clay Artists have found Stroke & Coat® to be useful when they wish to add a bit of color to their work.
Intricate Design Capabilities
The design created before firing is completely preserved after firing. Any blending, mixing, layering or butting done during the glazing process will remain intact and exact.
Q: Do I have to use clear glaze to achieve a glossy finish?
A: Stroke & Coat® fires to a gloss finish and does not require clear glaze. Clear glaze may be used to enhance the glossiness of the fired finish. Apply the clear glaze according to manufacturer's directions over the unfired Stroke & Coat®and fire once.
Note: The amount of non toxic glaze deposited can affect the fired results. If too much glaze and clear glaze is applied you may experiences dull or "milky" fired finishes. If this occurs, adjust the number of glaze layers applied, lighten the amount of glaze on your brush, etc. - whatever is needed to reduce to total amount of glaze placed on the ware. For pieces already fired - you may improve the fired finish by refiring the pieces and adding a hold/soak time at the end of the firing cycle (10-15 minutes).
Q: Are Stroke & Coat®'s luster compatible?
A: All colors are luster compatible.
Q: How can I create dimensional effects with Stroke & Coat®?
A: Stroke & Coat® will remain moderately dimensional when applied in a concentrated area. To create a raised line with a brush: layer 4 to 6 coats, allowing each coat to dry before applying the next. You can also use a detailer bottle or slip trailer to create raised lines: apply 2-3 layers, again allowing each layer to dry between applications.
Q: How do I achieve best results when applying Stroke & Coat® to greenware?
A: Gases and moisture will escape from the greenware during firing, so it is best to leave a portion of the ware unglazed - for example: the back of a tile, the foot of a vessel. If you do completely glaze a greenware piece you may experience a dulling of the gloss finish. If this occurs you can apply a clear glaze and refire to get a gloss finish. Always test to see if Stroke & Coat® will on your specific greenware project.
Q: What are the guidelines for firing Stroke & Coat® to Higher temperatures (cone 6 - cone 10)?
A: Many of the Stroke & Coat® colors perform well at mid range (cone 5-6) and high (cone 9-10) temperatures. Darker colors - green, red, blue, orange, purple - will maintain much of their original color value (they may darken a bit compared to cone 06 results). Lightly pigmented colors - pink, yellow, tan, lighter purples - will fade. Always test to see if this application variance will work on your specific project.
Q: Can Stroke & Coat® be used with other products?
A: Stroke & Coat® glazes are compatible with all Mayco glazes and with many competitive glazes. It is not recommended to design on top of fluid, moving glazes, such as Crystalites and Elements, as then work will become distorted.
Q: Why is Stroke & Coat® different from other glazes?
A: Stroke & Coat® is a heavy-bodied glaze that smooths-out and heals imperfections during the glaze application process. It can withstand over firing without fading and it is tolerant of many types of bisque and clay bodies. It is not fluid like many gloss glazes - it behaves more like a traditional underglaze as it "stays put" where it is applied. It's like having 4 or 5 different glazes in one bottle - a Wonderglaze™ for bisque and clay.
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