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Crystal Cool

Spread your creative wings with a plate that’s too cool to keep in the cabinet! Enhance the Duncan® Oh Four™ Geometrix Large Square Plate with vibrant Cover-Coat® Opaque Underglazes and pops of brilliance from Crystals™ Glazes.


  1. Lightly wipe ware with damp sponge to remove any bisque dust.
  2. Pour an amount of Neon Green into a paper cup and add an equal amount of water to thin. Mix thoroughly. Using the Fan Glaze brush, apply this thinned color to the entire plate. Let dry, then apply two additional coats onto plate, letting dry thoroughly between coats.
  3. Fire to witness cone 04 and let cool.
  4. Place clay carbon paper on plate then place pattern on top. Trace over pattern with pen, transferring design onto plate. Repeat for each half of the butterfly.
  5. Pour a puddle of Mask ‘n Peel® on a piece of foil and using the No. 1 Liner, apply an even coat to the entire butterfly. Let dry.
  6. Pour a puddle of Black on a clean piece of foil. Using a large sea wool sponge, lightly pounce the sponge in Black and sponge all over the entire plate, working so the color is evenly sponged all over.
  7. Once the color has lost its sheen but before it completely dries, remove the Mask ‘n Peel®.
  8. Use the Palette Knife to lightly stir the Moss Green and Emerald Falls glazes, being careful not to disturb the crystals at the bottom of the containers. Pour out the top portion of each glaze into a paper cup and set aside.
  9. Use the No. 1 Liner, add Emerald Falls to the antennae.
  10. Using a spoon, stir the Moss Green left in container and lift out some of the crystals and apply to the body, head and some large spots near the edges of the wings.
  11. Using the No. 1 Liner, place the large white crystals from the Emerald Falls container on the center portion of the wings, at the tip of each antenna, on the body and on some of the tips over the Moss Green.
  12. Dip handle of Liner brush into Black and create accent dots along wings as shown. Let dry completely.
  13. Apply two coats of Pure Brilliance™ Clear Glaze to the background of the plate and on the unglazed areas of the butterfly, working around the glaze and crystals. Let dry between coats.
  14. Stilt and fire to witness cone 06.

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Posted by Suzie Shinseki

Suzie works as a Senior Designer at iLoveToCreate®. She has been involved with art since childhood, and her passion has continued throughout her life. She honed her natural talents by attending the Academy of Arts in San Francisco on scholarship, art classes at San Jose City College. She works with various media and substrates. You can find her masterpieces on painted signs, murals, people and animal portraiture, mold design, sculptures, ceramic projects and fabric paint designs. Her commercial endeavors include children’s coloring books, illustrative designs for bags, brochures and cards. Her exceptional illustration skills have brought her many jobs as a fashion illustrator for designers in Hong Kong and Hawaii.

What you need:


  • Clay carbon paper
  • Potter’s sponge
  • Pen
  • Plastic spoons
  • Sea wool sponge
  • Foil
  • Paper cups