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Fun strokes

Fun strokes

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Craft projects

Craft projects

Magic Flow
Featuring Gare’s Simplicity” Glazes
Step I: To witness cone 04 bisque, apply 3 awls of bland Suri
Step 2: Mix 2 parts of Hunter Green with I purl Magic Flow. Add a few drops of Thick’n H. Pi(k-up this mixture with a tuffy sponge or plastic pot scrubber and stipple to the entire piece tapering slightly at the bottom. Repeat with Arctic White.
Step 3: Use an aim sea wool sponge & very lightly stipple Cobalt Black. Fire to witness cone 06.
We call our non-toxic glazes Simplicity7″ because tliey are simple to use. You can apply Simplicity”‘ knowing you will get a glossy, vibrant, trouble free finish.
Over 80 Simplicity'” glazes are available in 4oz. jars and 16 oz. bottles. All Simplicity'” glazes am be specially ordered in 1 gl, 5 gi, or 50 gl. containers.

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Christmas crafts

Christmas crafts

Golden Spirit SANTA
Suffused with accents of gold, this old world Santa would easily be the center of attraction in anyone’s holiday decor.
Sfep 1 Clean the greenware in the usual careful manner, being sure to replace details in die mold seam areas and elsewhere as necessary.
Fire the piece to cone 04 (1940°F-1060°C).
Step 2 Avoiding the central part of the collar and the sleeve triangles bordered by strings, apply Golden Wheat nonfiring antiquing color for bisque to the coat. Apply Meadow to the hat, the foliage coming from the horn and around the candlestick, the shoelaces, sleeve triangles, and the gown.
Step 3 Apply Burnished Gold nonfiring metallic stain to the horn, belt, coat collar, candlestick, gifts, horn details, shoe, fruits on hat and candlestick, ribbons around hat, jingle bells, and strings on sleeves. Allow the piece to dry.
Step 4 Working on a small area at a time and removing the excess with a soft cloth, antique the piece with Pine nonfiring translucent stain.
Step 5 Drybrush Ivory on the candle and also softly on the Golden Wheat areas for highlights.
Step 6 Prepare a flesh color by adding a few drops of Rust to some Dresden Flesh. Apply 3 coats of this mixture to the face and hands. Darken the mixture a bit more and use it to dry-brush the face and detail the fingernails.
Paint the eyes Pottery Blue and Black, then add the eye lines and lashes with Bark.
Step 7 Drybrush the beard, mustache, and eyebrows with White. Also go over the Meadow areas, reinforcing the color on the lace on the hem and cuffs of the coat and on the edges that resemble fur.
Step 8 Apply Opal liquid glitter to the while borders of the coat, gown, shoelaces, and to the green parts of the hat, candlestick, and horn.
Apply Gold liquid glitter to the yellow section of the coat, the golden sections of the collar and horn.
Step 9 Apply Golden opaque glitter stain to the half moon of belt buckle, hat ribbons, small fruits on hat, horn, large fruits on candlestick, strings, and jingle bells around sleeves. Step 10 Apply Gloss acrylic stain to the eyes.
What You’ll Need:
■ Greenware Santa.
■ Cleaning tools.
■ Various brushes.
■ Nonfiring acrylic stains-White, Ivory, Dresden Flesh, Rust, Pottery Blue, Black, Bark, and Gloss.
■ Pine nonfiring translucent stain
■ Burnished Gold nonfiring metallic stain.
■ Liquid glitters-Opal and Gold. Golden nonfiring opaque
glitter stain.

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Pasta Bowl

Pasta Bowl

Your very special pasta creations deserve a bowl as fine as the one pictured here. The piece is easy to make with a majolica technique and you are sure to enjoy both making and using it.
Step 1 Clean the greenware bowl in the usual careful manner, then fire it to cone 03-02 (2014°/2048°F-11017H20°C).
Step 2 Use a 3A” oval glaze mop brush to apply 3 flowing coats of White Cloud dinnerware-approved glaze to the entire bisque bowl. Allow the piece to dry after each coat and to dry thoroughly after the final one.
Step 3 Using a #4 pointed round brush and the translucent colors for bisque from the materials list, write the names of different types of pasta on the inside and outside of the bowl. Apply 3 coats of each color for nice rich, deep tones.
Use a #6 pointed round brush to apply 3 coats of Just Froggy to the rim of the bowl.
Step 4 Fire the bowl to cone 06-05 (1830/1915°F-999/1046°C).
What You’ll Need:
■ Greenware pasta bowl.
■ Cleaning tools.
■ Sponge.
■ Brushes-3/*” oval glaze mop and #’s 4 & 6 pointed rounds.
■ White Cloud dinnerware-approved glaze.
■ Translucent colors for bisque-Toad-aly Green, Just Froggy, Salsa, Orange Ya Happy, Poo Bear, Moody Blue, and Blue Grass.

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Halloween craft

Halloween craft

Scarecrow & Pumpkin Stack
This happy, grinning scarecrow and stack of grimacing, lightable pumpkins are fun to complete with nonfiring stains.
Step 1 Cast the molds for the scarecrow and the pumpkin stack. Allow the scarecrow to dry, but cover the pumpkin stack with plastic to keep it damp until you are ready to begin work.
If you purchase the greenware, ask that the pumpkin stack be kept damp for you.
Step 2 Use a cleanup tool or a sharp knife to cut out the eyes and mouths of the pumpkin stack. Also make a hole in the back of the piece for a snap-in light socket to be added later. Allow the piece to dry.
Step 3 Clean the greenware scarecrow and pumpkin stack replacing details in the mold seam areas as needed.
Fire the pieces to cone 05-04 (1915/ 1940°F-1046/ 1060°C).
Step 4 Base coat the pumpkin slack pumpkins with Orange Ice nonfiring opaque stain. Allow the piece to dry, then antique the pumpkins with Redwood nonfiring translucent stain. Wipe back with a soft cloth, dampening it with thinner-cleaner if necessary. Step 5 Drybrush the pumpkins with Tangerine, then lightly with Yellow. Shade around the cheeks and mouths with Blush. Paint the teeth and eyes Yellow, then add Black pupils to the eyes. Base coat the pumpkin stems with Misty Beige and shade them with Red Brown and Sap Green.
Step 6 Base coat the scarecrow’s pumpkin head and the small pumpkin with Orange Ice. Drybrush the same areas with Tangerine, then shade them with Blush. Fill in the eyes with Sno-White and paint the irises Soft Blue with Black pupils. Add a tiny Sno-White highlight to each eye. Paint the carrot nose of the pumpkin head with Blush and use Black for the mouths of both pumpkins and the eyes and nose of the small one.
Step 7 Base coat the leaves with Black, then drybrush them with Sap Green and Inca Gold.
Step 8 Base coat the straw (hair, above shoes, and broom straws), broom handle, and gloves with Sable Brown. Drybrush the straw with Inca Gold, Ivory, and then with Old Ivory for highlights. Drybrush the gloves with Misty Beige.
Step 9 Base coat the coat, shirt, and scarf with Rook-wood Red and the pants with Rose Mauve. Outline the scarf with Rose Mauve and paint the fringe Sap Green. Base coat the coat, hat, and shoes with Black. Paint the hatband Persian Red. Drybrush the coat with Navy Blue and paint the buttons with Shimmering Silver nonfiring metallic stain. Use Persian Red and Sap Green for the patches. Step 10 Spray each piece with matte sealer. Install a light socket and cord in the pumpkin stack.
What You’ll Need:
■ Greenware scarecrow and damp greenware pumpkin stack
■ Cleaning tools
■ Various brushes
■ Nonfiring opaque stains-Orange Ice, Tangerine, Blush, Yellow, Misry Beige, Red Brown, Sap Green, Sno-White, Soft Blue, Black Inca Gold, Sable Brown, Old Ivory, Rookwood Red, Rose Mauve, Persian Red, and Navy Blue.
■ Redwood nonfiring translucent stain.
■ Thinner-cleaner.
■ Shimmering Silver nonfiring metallic stain.
■ Matte sealer.
■ Snap-in light socket and cord.

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Halloween crafts

Halloween crafts

Look what’s up in the pumpkin patch! Nodding their wobbly heads in anticipation, this trio of cat, ghost, I and witch are ready for Halloween mischief and fun.
Step 1 Purchase the greenware or cast the pieces. If you do your own casting, be sure that the heads and pumpkin tops are not too heavy. (We pour slip into the bodies and pumpkin bottoms, wait a few minutes, then pour slip into the heads and tops, so we can empty the molds at the same time. Empty the ghost tail and pumpkin stem, but allow the hands, feet, and other tails to become solid.)When you remove the pieces from the molds, cut out the neck areas as wide as possible and cut a hole at least lW wide in the bodies. Slightly push in on the ghost tail so it will fit the shape of the pumpkin.
Step 2 Clean the greenware in the usual way, replacing details as needed, then fire the pieces to cone 05-04 (1915/lWF-lW6/106(rc).
Step 3 Using nonfiring opaque and translucent stains and chalks, finish the pieces as follows: PUMPKINS-Base coat the entire pumpkin with White, then antique the entire pumpkin and stem with Black nonfiring mineral spirit stain. Allow the pieces to dry, then wipe down with a cloth and mineral spirits, allowing the color to remain in the crevices. Drybrush pumpkins with a mixture of Orange stain and blending medium. Drybrush the grass and leaves with Olive. Spray with porcelain-type sealer, then highlight the leaves and grasses with Dark Brown and the Orange mixture. Drybrush the stems with Dark Brown. Spray with matte sealer. CAT-Base coat with Black. Dry brush White on the top outer edges of the eyes to look like eyelashes. Apply White to the bottom third of each eye and Black to the remainder. Color the eyes Bahy Blue and highlight each with a dot of White. Paint the nose and mouth Strawberri Cream.
GHOST-Base coat with White. Apply Gray chalk in the mouth, crevices of the head, arms, and fingers. Blush the cheeks and mouth with Pink chalk. Using Black stain, drybrush the eyelashes as for the cat. Carefully avoiding the ey?es, apply clear liquid glitter to the entire ghost. WITCH ase coat face, body, and hands with White and the coal, hair, buttons, and collar with Black. Antique the pieces with Black mineral spirit slain. Drybrush Olive on the face and hands and Purple on the body. Paint the fingernails Black and the moles on the face Dark Brown. Finish the eyes as for the cat. Apply White to the teeth. Blush the cheeks with Pink chalk. Spray the pieces with matte sealer.
Step 4 Glue the pumpkin stems to the pumpkin tops to cover the pour holes. Lay the cat’s tail beside the body and glue to the pumpkin. Glue a spring to the post of each pumpkin bottom. Glue tails, feet or hands to the pumpkin bottoms (see the photo). Glue the heads to the pumpkin tops. Allow the pieces to dry. Position the bodies over die springs, but do not glue them in place. Glue the heads to the tops of the springs, being sure they are centered between hand or feet.
What You’ll Need:
■ Greenware pumpkin tops and bottoms, cat, ghost, and witch bodies and heads, and hands, tails, and feet. 3’/4″T.x21/2″W.
■ Cleaning tools.
■ Various brushes.
■ Nonfiling opaque stains-White, Black, Orange. Olive, Dark Brown, Bab)’ Blue, Strawberri Cream, and Purple.
■ Black nonfiling translucent mineral spirit slain.
■ Blending medium.
■ Chalks^Gray and Pink
■ Clear liquid glitter.
■ Sealers^orcelain-type and matte.
■ White craft glue.
■ Springs.

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Crafting Bluebird Canister

Crafting Bluebird Canister

SECOND PAINTING
Corner load a small shader brush with Dark Blue and shade the blue area of the top bird. Place this shading on the head just above the beak, at the back of the neck, and along each wiped-out feather. Shade the breast with short choppy strokes of Yellow Red, placing the strokes under the wing and along the edge of the body. Darken the throat with the same color.
Shade the other bird in the same way.
Deepen the color on the flower petals and centers if necessary.
Model and shade the leaves with Autumn Green, being sure to keep the foremost ones light in color for added dimension.
Shade along the edges of the branch with Rich Brown.
Fire the china to cone 017 (1377°F-747°C), then sand and wipe it as before.
THIRD PAINTING
Using a detail brush, paint a tiny triangle shape of Black in front and in back of the top bird’s eye. Also outline some of the feathers with sketchy lines of Black.
Detail the other bird in the same way, adding its feet with short, curved strokes of Rich Brown.
Use the detail brush and either American Beauty or Ruby to lightly sketch an outline of the flower petals and to add some lines radiating from flower centers. Add some tiny dots of Dark Yellow Brown around each flower center. Place a tiny triangle of Black Green between the flower petals where they join the centers as “spaces” through which the sepals’ color can be seen.
Outline some of the main leaves with sketchy lines of Black Green and use the same color to add some center and side veins.
Fire the china.
What You’ll Need;
■ Suitable china.
■ Graphite paper.
■ Fine tip permanent marker.
■ Various china painting brushes.
■ China painting medium.
■ China painis-Baby Blue, Dark Blue, Mixing Yellow, Yellow Brown, Dark Yellow Brown, Gray Black, Pale Pink, American Beauty or Ruby, Yellow Green, Olive Green, Autumn Green, Black Green, Sienna Brown and Rich Brown.

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Fabric crafts

Fabric crafts

FIRST PAINTING
Use a small shader brush to apply a coat of Baby Blue to the top bird’s head, back, wing, and tail. Clean the brush and use the edge of it to wipe out a highlight below the eye, on the shoulder, and on the edges of the wing and tail feathers. Paint the breast Yellow Red, leaving a large soft highlight in the center. Apply a little Gray to the rump. Load a detail brush with Black and paint the eye and the beak. Use a toothpick to wipe a highlight from the eye.
Paint the other bird in the same way.
Block in the flower petals and buds with Pale Pink. Apply Mixing Yellow to the flower centers, then shade the side of each center with a short, curved stroke of Yellow Brown.
Wash in the leaves with Yellow Green and Olive Green, using the darker Olive Green color to indicate separations between leaves. Wipe out some center and side veins in some leaves with a clean brush.
Paint the stem Sienna Brown, then wipe a highlight down the entire length of each section.
Fire the china to cone 017 (1377°F-747°C), then lightly sand it and wipe it with a cloth and alcohol.

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Bluebird CANISTER

Bluebird CANISTER

Not exactly true to nature, these little birds are what 1 call “fun” birds, since they are done without the help of any reference material. Use this design on a porcelain canister that is handy for instant coffee or tea bags and is attractive enough to leave out on a counter, or on china of your choosing.
If using a canister as pictured, remove the metal fastener and the plastic seal and set them aside until the painting and firing are complete.
Make a copy of the pattern given here and enlarge it on a copy machine to fit the china you have selected. Trace the design onto the piece with graphite paper, then go over the lines with a fine tip permanent marker. Wipe off any remaining graphite.

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Ring Necked PHEASANTS

Ring Necked PHEASANTS

The ancient Greeks named this colorful bird, which reached North America in the late 1800s. Breeding programs and the birds ability to adapt, soon made these exotic newcomers familiar throughout most northern states and southern Canada.
Step 1 Clean the greenwarc, being sure to replace the feather patterns in the mold seam areas.
Fire the pieces to cone 04 (1940°F-1060°C).
Step 2 Wipe each bisque piece with a damp sponge to remove any dust, then base coat the birds with Black nonfiring acrylic stain.
Step 3 Carefully avoiding the male’s head and brushing across the feathers, drybrush both birds with Saddle Brown and then with Spiced Amber. Highlight the long side wing feathers with Oriental Flesh and then with White.
Slep 4 Heavily drybrush Terra Copper and then Hot Orange on the chest feathers and the skin around the eyes of the male bird. Drybrush the chest and the tips of the tail feathers with Light Brown and then with Oriental Flesh.
Drybrush his head and the long feathers on his back above the orange area with Holly Green. Very lightly  drybrush the same, areas with White and then with Emerald Green. Heavily drybrush a ring of White around the neck between the. green head and the brown body. Tip each body feather with an inverted “V” shape of Black, then add White above each one. Add Black stripes to alternating rows of tail feathers.
Step 5 Drybrush the female’s chest and tail with Oriental Flesh and highlight with White. Paint the body feathers in the reverse of the male’s, using upright “V” shapes of White. Add Black above each white “V”shape.
Step 6 Use Holly Green and then Emerald Green for the grass and leaves on the bases. Make the flowers Gold and highlight them with Oriental Flesh and then with White.
Step 7 Spray the pieces with matte sealer.
Step 8 Paint the eyes Gold tipped with Terra Copper, then add Black pupils and White highlights. Apply a coat of gloss sealer to the eyes.
What You’ll Need;
■ Greenware pheasants.
■ Cleaning tools.
■ Various brushes.
■ Nonfiring acrylic stains-Black, Saddle Brown, Spiced Amber, Light Brown, White, Gold, Oriental Flesh, Terra Copper, Hot Orange, Holly Green, and Emerald Green.
■ Sealers-Matte spray and gloss brush-on.

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