- Brushwork - Ultra Metallics can be applied over any dry nonfired color. When using an Ultra Metallic color over a base color to create designs, detailing, trims or accents, apply one coat with a soft brush. When designing directly on bisque with two or more Ultra Metallic colors, apply two or more coats as for solid-color coverage.
- Stenciling - Position stencil on ware and fix in place with transparent tape. Spread small amount of Ultra Metallic color on tile. Dip brush or sponge in color, pounce on clean area of tile to remove excess, then wipe on paper towel. Apply color through stencil with dabbing or light pouncing stroke to create design. Remove stencil when color is dry, then clean stencil immediately before repositioning it on ware.
- Sponging - Spread a small amount of Ultra Metallic color on a glazed tile, dip a slightly dampened sponge in color, then blot on paper towel to remove excess. Pounce color over any dry nonfired color with quick up-and-down strokes, allowing background to show through here and there. Varying effects can be achieved by using differently textured sponges or crumpled paper towels, plastic wrap or tissues.
- Drybrushing - Dip a soft brush in an Ultra Metallic color, wipe back and forth across a flat brown paper grocery bag, a paper towel or a coffee filter, then drybrush metallic highlights as desired.
- As an Antique - Ultra Metallic colors can be used for antiquing dry nonfired colors, including other Ultra Metallics, by thinning with Thin ‘n Shade, preferably a blend of 50% color to 50% Thin ‘n Shade. Brush this mixture over a dry piece that has been decorated with any of the nonfired color products, being certain to work it into all crevices. Before the Ultra Metallic dries, use a soft cloth or facial tissue to wipe back color, following the contours of the pieces. If a lighter finish is desired, dampen a clean cloth or tissue with water and continue removing color from raised areas of the pieces.
- Antiquing Ultra Metallics - When dry, Ultra Metallic colors can be antiqued with a Water-Based Antiquing Gel, or with a nonfired water-based color that has been mixed with an equal amount of Thin ‘n Shade. Follow antiquing procedure described above. Seal piece.
- Airbrushing - Thin the Ultra Metallic color with Thin ‘n Shade to the consistency of milk (usually 60% thinner to 40% color).
- Sealing - While Ultra Metallics are self-sealing, their metallic sparkle can be enhanced by spraying the dry decorated piece with Super Gloss or Clear Gloss Ceramic Spray Sealer. Using Clear Matte, Super Matte or porcelain Spray Sealer will soften the metallic look. For best metallic look, seal piece before applying Ultra Metallics.
Brush Care - Clean brushes with water immediately after use. Give brushes an occasional deep cleaning in Duncan Brush Cleaner.
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