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So I'm making plate trophies for an event.  Due to my lack of work with decals, I want to write each event name on the back.  There are 23 different events, and I dont have the means to print out 2 of every one if I mess up.  Any suggestions?  Thanks!

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When I write on the back of my ware, I use underglaze, underglaze pencil, colored slip, or an iron oxide/rutile wash.

Practice up your brushwork before you do your trophy pieces, though! (It takes me a while to get my brush strokes right, and to get a feel for loading the brush to the right degree.)

 

(Disclaimer: I am still a beginner. I am simply telling you what I have had experience with. I have no idea what the best option for you is.)

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Stellaria has it right. That would be the way I would do it. However, you will want to play with your underglaze consistency if brushing on. A little water sometimes will help smooth the stroke of the brush. There are underglaze pens out there that would work also.

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Thanks for the responses....I'm guessing underglaze doesnt stick to the shelves cause it doesnt have flux?  I have never worked with it before.  With my project, I am working cone 6 and adding decals, so I really dont want to fire to 3 different cone temperatures so I don't think that will work for me.  Just want to write something on the back and dont care too much if its permanent, but that would be a plus.

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Doesn't stick, and I've had mine fired to both ^04 and ^6 (single fire) to permanence with underglazes, slip, and iron oxide/rutile. So there would be no extra steps involved. The stuff can be painted right onto leatherhard clay if you need to. Or greenware or bisque. Whatever. It's super-forgiving stuff, all of it.

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Underglazes can stick a little, as they do have something (flux?) that helps them adhere to the ware, that a basic slip doesn't have.

I should also note, that underglazes give off a bit of their color onto, whatever they are in contact with. It's why my classroom kiln shelves have a bunch of dark blue circles, from the underglazed footrings of numerous wares.

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A ceramic pencil might be the best bet in this situation. I use the dark brown for marking test tiles, doesn't transfer to shelves at ^7 and doesn't stick at all. Would be the easiest to print with also. I have found quite a few of the underglazes do fume the surrounding area and some can flux even at ^04. From your other thread on single firing, do you have time to do a bisque? If you haven't done any tests with single firing with the glazes you are taking a big risk. Also, it would be easier if you use a ceramic pencil on bisque than on greenware. 

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