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Concepts® are underglaze colors designed primarily for decorating bisque. These colors are frit-based; therefore, when three coats are applied, they have a glossy sheen when fired.  One, two, or three coats may be applied. Water-based, water cleanup. Nontoxic and food-safe when three coats are applied.

When three flowing coats are applied, most colors are opaque and have a gloss finish. However, some colors do not fire as shiny as others; therefore, Clear Glaze is recommended (Pure Brilliance brushing and dipping™, IN1001 Clear or CN 2000D Clear Dipping).
Please note that Concepts can be used with a variety of Duncan® products; however, considerable color and texture changes may occur due to the chemicals involved. A test piece is recommended prior to completing project.
Can be used directly on bisque, between some glazes, under some glazes, over some glazes, over fired Cover-Coat® Opaque Underglazes, in conjunction with E-Z Stroke™ Underglazes and may have overglazes applied to them after they are glaze fired. Can be mixed with one another to achieve a wide variety of colors. (It is recommended to conduct tests when mixing colors together.)

General firing temperature is cone 06; however, Concepts can be fired to cone 10.  They may be applied to stoneware and porcelain clay bodies. When high-firing some colors, appearance may vary and change in color, value and tone. Concepts must be stilted when they are applied to the bottom of a piece, whether glazed or not. Remember, they are frit-based; therefore, they could stick to the kiln shelf during firing. Can be mixed and used with French Dimensions.Tips

Opaque Coverage (solid without brushstrokes or light and dark areas)
a. Before decorating your piece, wipe down with damp sponge to remove any dust and to condition piece for decorating.
b. Apply three generous flowing coats with soft brush.
c. Always use the largest possible brush for the area to be decorated.
d. Apply each coat in the same direction.
e. Allow drying time between coats; a second or third coat should not be applied until the previous coat loses its sheen.
f. In most cases, Concepts do not need to be thinned. However, if the brush grabs or the paint ridges in application, then add a few drops of Thin ‘n Shade and mix with palette knife.

Translucent or Semi-translucent Coverage (brushstrokes show)
a. Apply one or two coats with a soft brush.
b. Primarily used for design work.
c. Colors may be blended one over another.
d. Colors may need to be thinned slightly.

Washes or Antique Finishes
a. Thin Concepts down to a milk-like consistency (about 4 parts water to 1 part color)
b. Apply to bisque with a soft brush.
c. Allow color to set (lose its sheen).
d. Wipe back with a damp sponge.
e. Rinse sponge as needed.
f. For best results, apply washes to textured pieces.

a. Pick up Concepts on damp sponge, pounce color on ware.
b. Add additional color(s).
c. Work from light to dark.
d. The more coats, the darker the finish.
e. Sponge on three heavy coats to create an opaque, textured appearance.


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