Benizne - APT "Ceramic Enhancer" costing $5.95 per 3 oz at Axner is essentially Acrylic Floor Wax, a high-end floor wax which is a tougher version of Darvan, Elmers Glue, or common acrylic floor wax. http://www.axner.com...c-enhancer.aspx
Ceramic Enhancer claims to be Acrylic Copolymer (which means a mix of acrylic copolymers) with Water and unreacted Monomers (decomposing acrylic copolymer). They say it has an unlimited shelf-life, which is dubious, but to keep from freezing. As with Darvan the percentage of Monomer will rise with time and rise very quickly and become almost completely monomer if frozen. http://www.highwater...&feature_ID=248
The APT "Porcelain/Stoneware Ceramic Enhancer" is also a mix of acrylic copolymers and water. http://www.highwater...&feature_ID=249
This acrylic floor wax is a mix of acrylic copolymers: http://www.amazon.co.../dp/B00C6OLYZI/
This is most likely what "Ceramic Enhancer" is.
This mix of three acrylic copolymers is used for expansive car waxes, like the Zaino Z-2 Pro I use. As the water evaporates, the polymers fully cross-link over the next 24 hours - or instantly if more "accellerator" 2-Ethylhexyl Acrylate is added. Once cross-linked, the mix of four plastics are extremely resistant to detergents, UV, and and forms a hard plastic flexible plastic which is used for protecting all sorts of surfaces.
This less expensive floor wax consists of acrylic polymers - lower duty stuff like Elmer's Glue or Darvan:
http://www.amazon.co...er Floor Finish
All types of Darvans are Acrylic Polymers -- Darvan 811 is Sodium Polyacrylate $7.50 per pint (16 oz), while Darvan 7 is Sodium Polymethacrylate $6.35 per pint (16 oz). Darvan sold at Axner/Laguna is a very thick syrup. http://www.axner.com...sal-liquid.aspx http://www.axner.com...n811liquid.aspx
Acrylic Copolymers and polymers are an acrylic acid structure made of vinyl with carboxylic acid reacted. Elmer's Glue is an Acrylic Polymer called Polyacrylic Acetate. When Elmer's glue or Darvan are burned, you get the tell-tale smell of acrylic acid. Burn some dry "Ceramic Enhancer" and you'll also smell the acrylic acid smell.
A mix of Acrylic Copolymers with an activator is a tougher version. This is a list of the Acrylic Copolymers http://www.dow.com/acrylates/app/
Each product, such as the floor wax, is a different percentage of these four ingredients:
2-Ethylhexyl Acrylate (the trigger for cross-linking once the water is evaporated)
What's interesting is when this plastic burns out at 350 F, being Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen, it doesn't provide any ceramic flux, nor does the MSDS claim the presence of any flux salts. "Ceramic Enhancer" merely thickens the slip like Darvan and provides bonding and extreme greenware strength up to 350 F.
I'm sure you can use "Ceramic Enhancer" in place of Darvan and the Gum to make Score-No-More.
Magic water will not adhere bone dry pieces, but I have used the trick of the paper, magic water, and some slip. Mostly water and paper-slip for color. You will probably get some minor cracking in bisque but if they treat it real gentle should work out. I found it did the best for me when I got them used to assembling leather hard slabs with the magic water working it to a slip with tooth brush. A lot of kids had problems getting slip too thick and not being able to work seam well-this helped.
I've been using something called "Ceramic Enhancer" for years. It works pretty well, but I'm waiting for Norm to come in and tell me, that's it's something really cheap and common, that I shouldn't have been paying to have made for me....
The good thing about it, is that it really helps prevent the clay from cracking, while it dries, so you can essentially use it, in combination with slip, on bone dry clay.