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How to Make and Use Magic Water

How to Make and Use Magic Water
Marian Williams’ Pottery
Attaching handles, welding seams, joining pieces of clay….Problems?!
Here is the easy solution!
Magic Water!  Lana Wilson’s recipe is (from website):
Magic Water
1 Gallon Water
9.5 Grams Sodium Silicate
3 Grams Soda Ash
1 Gallon Water
3 Tablespoons of Liquid Sodium Silicate
1 1/2 Teaspoons of Soda Ash source
I use a toothbrush to score and apply and have had really great success!  No more messy slip and cracks in pieces during the drying process!
Give it a go – you’ll impress yourself!
Written by Marian Williams


  1. Chris · January 8, 2015

    Hi Marian,
    It looks as though I can use solid sodium silicate- the kind that come is dessicant packs or kitty litter- for the magic water, yes? No problem dissolving?

    • Marian Williams · January 8, 2015

      Hi, Chris,
      Thanks for reading and commenting.
      I have never tried anything but liquid. But if you can dissolve it, seems like it should work. Let me know how you go!

  2. Daniel Frachon · February 16, 2016

    Thanks, I use magic water to make paper clay with, it works great.

    • Marian Williams · February 16, 2016

      Hey, Daniel, it does work great. I use it anytime I attach anything-just ensures a good attachment!
      Thanks for reading and commenting.
      All the best,

  3. BJ · April 25, 2016

    I use vinegar & it works well.

  4. Darlene Pietrak · October 13, 2016

    Hello, I was wondering if anyone knows if you can use Sodium sesquicarbonate in place of sodium carbonate when making magic water? Thank you in advance!

    • Marian Williams · October 17, 2016

      When making Magic Water, you need to use sodium silicate – not sodium carbonate. Hope that helps!
      All the best,

  5. Philip Davis · October 1, 2017

    Hi Marian, Love your website; I have had so many cracked mug handles with Porcelain clay ,I will try Magic water ,thanks very much !, Philip

    • Marian Williams · October 1, 2017

      Hi! Glad you like my website! Yes, Magic Water should help a lot! I put mine on with a mixture of slip and Magic Water and use an old toothbrush to apply after scoring each side being joined. Good luck!! All the best, Marian

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