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  1. OK, I'll try it out. This is what I found online after a quick search: http://www.marylandchina.com/fat-oil-1-oz.html It's a lot smaller than I imagined, but I'll try it out and see what happens. Thanks! Greg PS - after doing some searches for fat oil, I came across this pine oil: http://www.thegoodstuff.com/oj14-pine-oil-by-josephi14.html I wonder if it's the same thing.
  2. OK, got it. I only need it as a vehicle to get the pigment to stick, so no need for it to dry. And by your description I assume this is really available in a ready-made form (other than the various varnishes you mentioned). I'd have to make this pine oil myself. Never done it before, but no reason I can't try. I bought a liter of ready-made pine oil here in Brasil, but when I move back to the US I'll have to wait about 90 days for it to arrive in the container and when it's finished I'll need a replacement, so this is good to know. Thanks a bunch. You've been helpful.
  3. Hm, interesting. Never heard of shellac, but I'll check it out, thanks. But upon some further research, I asked if the turp and pine-resin combination had a name. Are you saying that combination is shellac? I'm getting the impression that shellac is a type of paint, so to speak. The "pine oil" that I'm speaking of isn't a paint, but a vehicle to make the pigment stick to the ceramic. Sorry, just a little confused.
  4. Thanks for the tips. Yeah, the pine oil is for making the pigment stick to the ceramic. I'm painting with a brush on the tile as if it's oil on canvas (same painting style). I was told it works best, but I'm open to new ideas. I just don't have a lot of cash to burn trying to find the right mix (because you gotta burn it to see if it'll turn out well, and that wastes a tile), so I was hoping to find the equivalent to the veiculo oleo pinho. So Mug, is this turp and pine resin concoction pre-made? Is there a name for it? It certainly looks dark enough to be a varnish, but it seems more
  5. Just a small update on the pigment issue. I went to one of the ceramic factories nearby where my mentor buys his pigment. I bought some of the pigment from the factory. They apparently used to buy this pigment from Johnson Matthey, but JM sold the factory in England to it's employees recently. Now I'm trying to find the name of the new company. The factory here in Brasil buys from a rep, and I'll call him soon to get the name of the new company. But until then, this is who apparently made the pigment: http://www.glassmatthey.com/colours/ceramic-glaze?_ifa=Completed&_ifc=6140 Still
  6. Definitely some interesting stuff on there. It's mostly decorative, quite different from what I've been working on with my "mentor" here. That's all fine. It's the technical stuff I'm after and there's some good info. Thanks again.
  7. Great thank you. Is this also called "smalt" in some way? I came across a company that sells this stuff and in their file they use that word, which of course is similar to the "esmalte" word in Portuguese. Just wondering if there's a difference between that and China Paint.
  8. I'm new to painting on ceramic tiles, and I was wondering if someone could help. I recently learned how to paint on white matte tiles (ceramic / porcelain - paint cures at 780 Celsius = 1436 F). I live in Brasil, but I'm moving back to the US in the next few months. I can find the products here, but I can't seem to find them in the US. The person who taught me doesn't speak enough English to know the English terms for Google purposes. I'm looking for two things: 1) powdered pigment colors - the guy who taught me buys from this store (it's in Portuguese) and the word they use is "esmalta"
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