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Design Basics Ceramic pottery
Hobby ceramists as well as tole painters will reap a wealth of brushwork knowledge from the articles and easy to understand illustrations in this well written book.
See for yourself what everyone is talking about.
Holy family catholic ceramic crafts
What You’ll Need;
Holy Family greenware.
Brushes-Glaze and small brush reserved for gold.
Liquid bright gold.
Use a single glaze and touches of gold overglaze luster to accent the beauty of a finely detailed piece such as the Holy Family pictured here.
Step 1 Clean the greenware in the usual careful manner, taking care to replace the details and texture in mold seam areas.
Fire the greenware to cone 04 (1940°F-1060°C).
Step 2 Use a glaze brush to apply 3 coats of Yadro glaze to the entire piece, allowing each coat to dry before applying the next one.
Fire the piece to cone 05 (1915°F-1046°C).
Step 3 Using a small brush reserved for gold, apply a coat of liquid bright gold to Joseph’s neckband and waist cinch, to Mary’s neckband and cuff bands, to the infant’s drape, to the gifts, and to the trim on the base.
Allow the piece to dry, then fire it in a well-vented kiln to cone 019 (1261°F-683°C).
Now for the recipe courtesy of Cynthia Snell: Peel and slice 16 golden delicious apples into a bowl. Stir in 1 T cinnamon, 2 T tapioca, and 1 cup sugar. Pour into pie shell, then add 5 slices of butter. Place top pie shell over filling and brush top with cream for even browning. Bake at 425° for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350° and bake 30-40 minutes until top is golden brown.
What You’ll Need:
Stoneware bisque pie pan.
Brushes-#’s 2 & 6 synthetic soft rounds.
Glazes-Red Pepper and Forest Green
You are sure to enjoy making and using a stoneware pie pan like the one pictured here. Once you have finished the piece, you will find a recipe at the end of the article, so you can try it right away.
Step 1 Clean the stoneware in the usual careful manner.
Step 2 Use a pencil to lightly divide the pan into 4 equal parts. Divide each section in half to give a total of 8 sections.
Step 3 Using an apple-shaped template and a pencil, draw an apple at each of the 8 dividing lines. Sketch a leaf at the top of each apple.
Step 4 Apply 3 generous coats of Red Pepper glaze to each apple, allowing drying time between coats. Step 5 Paint the leaves with 2 coats of Forest Green. Use a #2 round brush to add a comma stroke stem at the top of each apple.
Step 6 Use a natural sponge to apply a color of your choice to the rim of the pan. Step 7 Fire the piece to witness (standard) cone 2 (2124°F-1162°C).
What You’ll Need;
Greenwarc Santa and tree.
Brushes-#6 China oval scroller, #’s 3,5, and 8 drybrushing, #0 shon liner, #2 long liner, #0 detail, #’s 6 & 10 long shadcrs, and 3A” glaze.
Nonfirmgacr)’licstains-Sno-VV’hite. Honey Toast, Feather Grey, Blueberri, Country Sage, Chocolate Fudge, Liconce, Razzbcrri, Fleshtone, True Blue, Accent Green Black Forest, Royal Fuchsia, Brightest Red, Zuni Brown, Old World Santa Red, Brightest YeUow, Fiery Red, and Thermal Green
Nonfiling metallic stains Glorious Gold and Shimmering Silver.
Sealers-Matte and Fbrcelain-type sprays and gloss brush-on.
7mm pin lights.
Colored buttons, raffia, and fabric scraps (optional).
Step 1 Base coat the tree and base with Accent Green.
Step 2 Drybrush the tree with Artichoke and then with Country Sage. Highlight with Thermal Green, then tip the branches with Sno White. Drybrush the raffia with Zuni Brown, then with Honey Toast. Drybrush the ribbons and tree skirt with Brightest Red and then with Fiery Red; highlight with a little Glorious Gold. Drybrush the tree skirt trim with Sno White.
Drybrush the buttons with colors of your choice, then highlight them with White.
Step 3 Spary the pieces with 2 coats of porcelain type sealer. Apply 2 coats of gloss brush on sealer to the buttons and ribbons.
Step 4 Glue in the pin lights and install the electric wiring.
If desired, glue colored buttons and rallia bows over the embossed ones and add a few strips of colorful fabric.
Santa claus craft
Fun projects from start to finish, this droll Santa and tree are sure to be stellar attractions during the holidays.
Step 1 Clean the greenware, using a cleanup tool, a sanding pad, and a sponge. If you plan to light the finished tree, make holes for the pin lights and the electrical wiring.
Fire the greenware to witness (standard) cone 04-03 (1940/ 2014°F-1060/1101°C).
Step 2 Thoroughly shake and stir the nonfiring stains, then place a small amount of each in a separate spot on a piece of aluminum foil. Paint each bisque piece as directed below, then roll up the foil and toss it away.
Step I Using brushes suited to the sizes of the areas being covered, base coat the piece with the following colors: FLESHTONE A11 flesh areas. BRIGHTEST RED-Santa’s hat and coat.
BLACK FOREST Cloves and bow on Santa.
OLD WORLD SANTA RED-Birdhouse roof.
SHIMMERING SILVER-Bucket. HONEY TOAST-Star and birdseed.
FEATHER GREY Hat and coat trim, hair and beard. Base coat the buttons and patches with Old World Santa Red, Royal Fuchsia, True Blue, Honey Toast, and Black Forest.
Step 2 Using brushes for dry-brushing, carefully drybrush designate areas with the following colors:
FIERY RED Santa’s hat and coat. RAZZBERRI-Royal Fuchsia areas.
HONEY TOAST Black Forest areas.
BRIGHTEST RED-Cheeks. BRIGHTEST YELLOW Birdseed and star. SNOWHITE-Hair, beard, hat and coat trim, and highlight on birdseed.
BRIGHTEST RED Birdhouse. BLUEBERRI Bird.
Step 3 Using a shader brush, float Licorice in the deep crevices. Float Chocolate Fudge in the crevices of Santa’s face.
Sfep 4 Pain I the eyes and ihe
“stitches” Licorice, then highlight each eye with a dot of Sno White.
Add details of Glorious Gold to the large bow.
Step 5 Spray the piece with 2 coats of matte sealer.
What You’ll Need;
Greenware figurine. 11″ T.
Brushes-* 1 mini-liner, #’s 1 & 4 round, #4 soft fan, and #’s 2 & 4 for drybrushing
Underglaze colors for bisque-Firecracker, Green Acres, and Happy Trails.
Nonfiring antiquing color for bisque-Midnight Black and Doeskin.
Nonfiring acrylic stains-White, Coal Black, Palmetto Green, French Chartreuse, Bittersweet, Congo Brown, Santa Red, Orange Sherbet, Sunburst, Denim Blue, Fudge, Rust, Sania Fe Flesh, Creamy Beige, Medium Flesh, Blue Ribbon, Midnight Green, and Natural.
Bronze nonliring metallic stain.
Brush-on sealers-Matte and gloss.
Summer vacation is over and this little fellow is heading off to school with an apple for his teacher, but what, do you suppose, is he plan nine to do with that frog?
Step 1 Clean greenware figurine, taking care to replace details and texture in the mold seam areas.
Fire the piece to witness (standard) cone 04 (1940°F-1060°C).
Step 2 Using suitable brushes, apply 3 even coats of underglaze colors for bisque to the following areas. Apply the color smoothly and allow drying time between coats: Apple (carefully avoiding the worm), Firecracker; leaf, Green Acres; and stem, Happy Trails.
Use a soft fan brush to apply 2 coats of clear glaze to die same areas, allowing each coat to dry well.
Fire the piece to witness (standard) cone 06 (1830°F-999°G).
Step 3 Apply Midnight nonfiring antiquing color for bisque to the pants, shoes, knapsack, and frog. Once again avoiding the worm, apply Doeskin to all remaining bisque areas. Allow the piece to dry.
Step 4 With drybrushing brushes suited to the sizes of the areas being worked on, drybrush and detail the piece with nonfiring acrylic stains as follows: FLESH AREAS Medium Flesh. Lightly blush the cheeks with Santa Fe Flesh.
HAIR-Rust. Highlight with Orange Sherbet and then lightly with Bittersweet.
PANTS-Blue Ribbon, Highlight with Denim Blue, then dryHAT Denim Blue. Lightly highlight with Natural. Apply Blue Ribbon to the button and stitches, then lightly drybrush over the button and hat stitches with Denim Blue.
SWEATER-Fudge. Referring to the photo, create an ombre pattern by drybrushing the sweater alternately with Santa Red, Sunburst, Natural, and Bittersweet. Drybrush the ribbon on the collar and cuffs with Natural. KNAPSACK & STRAPS Congo Brown. Highlight with Creamy Beige.
FROG-Midnight Green. Highlight with Palmetto Green, then lightly with French Chartreuse. WORM-Base coat with Palmetto Green and lightly drybrush with French Chartreuse. SHOES-Toes and rims, White and laces, Black.
Step 5 Use a stylus to apply dots of Rust for freckles on the cheeks and the bridge of the nose. Using a #1 mini-liner brush, apply Santa Fe Flesh to the mouth. Apply Coal Black to the eyes of the boy and the worm. Fill in the frog’s eyes with Natural, then add Coal Black pupils. Highlight all eyes, using a dot of White for each one.
Step 6 Apply Bronze nonfiring metallic stain to the buckle and to the buttons on the knapsack.
Step 7 Apply matte sealer to the toes of the shoes and gloss sealer to all eyes, the ends of the shoelaces, and to the button on the hat.