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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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