I do not know this product but am very excited to use it .
PasteMaker is one of those must-have-products for any metal clay artist. Use it to make extra strong bonds, to saturate dry clay, and to make smooth and creamy base metal clay paste. If you've taken a class with Wanaree Tanner or Joy Funnell you have probably already experienced yourself how amazing it is!
PasteMaker contains a saturant which aids connections - it almost "melts" the surfaces of dry clay to dry clay, wet to dry, and reinforces joins between wet to wet.
Use it on its own, instead of water, to soften dry clay shapes, and add a drop between your base shape and the design you want to apply - no paste needed so less risk of a mess and less to clean up! Or turn it into a smooth paste which sticks readily to both silver, bronze, and copper metal clay.
For bronze and copper clay, use the paste mixed up with a little clay to make joins and attachments on damp, leather hard or bone dry clay. It also works great for repairing fired pieces.
For silver clay, use the paste for attaching leather hard, bone dry or fired clay pieces. It helps the clay stay in place where you put it - ideal for fine construction work! Use it on its own, saturate the back of the piece you want to attach until it softens, and add join the saturated piece to the base shape. To make a strong bonding paste, just mix 6-10 drops with a pea-sized piece of clay and blend with a spatula until you have a smooth creamy consistency. Store the paste in an air tight container and use PasteMaker to dilute it if it dries up.
Advantages of PasteMaker:
- Smoother, more friendly texture
- Saturates dry clay to aid secure bonds
- Thicker coats than water based slip
- Slightly gel-like viscosity for more controlled application
- Less brittle in dried state than water based
- Retains flexibility so it clings to repairs on fired and unfired clay
- Retains its texture because it doesn't evaporate as quickly as water based slip
I use it always when joining both wet and dry pieces - I never use just water anymore. I believe my joins are much stronger as a result and one bottle lasts for a very long time.
I actually thought this was going to be one of those gimmicky products that you don't really need because you can just add water to make slip. What a find! I store my slip in tiny jars, a few drops of this and the slip stays wet and has a lovely glue/paste consistency without drying out. I've also found it gives the slip a longer working time. Just for an experiment I added a few drops to a dried out piece of copper clay and worked it in. It worked, the clay was malleable again (though a little sticky, think that was a matter of working out how much to add) highly recommend paste maker to any metal clay artist