Saturday, June 26, 2010

Underglaze Markers

On occasion, I will have the need to write something on a piece. A happy birthday, a date, or something. Normally I use the needle tip little bottles that I fill with underglaze. Frequently people use this technique on the low fire ready to glaze bisqueware  for thinks like class auctions and benefits. Someone might want a large serving dish with all of the first grade kids names written on it.

I decided to try out these underglaze markers that I have seen in various catalogs etc. So here is my review.

I ordered a black one and a red one. They cost $5.95 each and come in a variety of colors. They are meant to work from cone 06 to cone 10.  They look like regular ink markers with a felt tip.  You have to shake them well and then depress the tips multiple times to get the ink to saturate the tip. I followed the directions as indicated by the manufacturer.

I tried the black one first. After ample shaking and pressing down  to get the tip to fill with the glaze - there was  little result. I did this again several times and finally the tip filled up. I did a test on a blank white already bisqued 4x4 tile. The pen made nice dots when using it to simply press down, but as a pen to actually write - became almost immediately dry and I could not get a clean line. I could in no way use this as I would a marker. The tip was too fat and fluffed up to write anything clearly. Part of the tip was no longer stinking out very far, due to having to depress it so many times to get the glaze to fill the tip.

My results were basically the same with the red marker - only worse. It too was not liquid enough to get any sort of a clean line.  It looked like a kids writing with an old dried up marker.

Basically I would not recommend these markers. Back to the old pin tipped bottles, or a nice lean brush. Sorry Glaz-eze.... not so eze for me.

1 comment:

  1. Very helpful to know, thanks for posting about them!