About Zest-it® Clay Smoothing Fluid
Zest-it® Clay Smoothing Fluid is a non-flammable and non-toxic fluid used for
smoothing wax and oil based sculpting clays.
|Many Sculpting Clays are a varied mixture of wax, oil and a powdered stone. Sometimes with other additives, it is usually a non-drying clay and not water mixable.
Some clays can be heated, others not, its important to read the instructions. Often just the heat of the hands is enough to allow manipulation of the clay.
We have consulted with various clay artists who were looking for a non-flammable, non-toxic alternative to the 'lighter-fuel' that had been recommended and to the 'turps' they had used, especially as they found these more 'aggressive' than they would like.
So, we had a short intense introduction to the wax/oil clay and how people wanted to work with it.
As always there are 'tools of the trade' and we experimented with many different ones for smoothing the clay.
We found that the stiff white filament of the 'Impasto' brushes excellent for smoothing the clay and were easy to wash clean with the Smoothing Fluid.
Working the brush into the clay with Smoothing Fluid will produce a fluid-like clay mixture, this can be used as 'slip' clay for sticking two areas together. Raking the clay also helped to smooth the surface before applying fluid.
The temptation is to thoroughly wet the clay with fluid, but this is counter productive, better to use less fluid to assist the tool, we found it best to use the Smoothing Fluid sparingly.
To control the amount of fluid used on the tools we implemented our 'sponge in a pot', we added 15 ml of Clay Smoothing Fluid to the sponge. The Clay Tool Dampening Sponge works very well to dispense small amounts of fluid for smoothing the clay. Just press the brush, knife or shaper onto the surface of the sponge.
There are different ways of working and with various tools, everyone will find their own way and with a safer fluid than previously.
Do not throw the un-used liquid or brush washings down the sink, place on damp soil or sand in a tin.
If you wish to purchase from ourselves you can find it in our Zest-it.shop along with the full range of Zest-it Products.
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