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Ghoulish Grin

Serve your Fright Night cuisine with a ghoulish grin! Use Duncan® Shimmer Glazes™ to make this hand-painted skeleton plate sparkle with spooky personality.


1. Wipe plate with damp sponge to remove any bisque dust.

2. Trace skull and spider bodies onto shelf paper. Cut out.

3. Remove backing from spider and skull cutouts. Center skull on plate and spider bodies on rim as shown. Press firmly in place and around all edges to prevent color seepage. 

4. Use the Fan Glaze to brush three coats of Dark Papaya on plate rim, painting over spider cutouts. Let dry.

5. Brush three coats of Black Diamond on center of plate, painting over the skull.  Let dry.

6. Remove cutouts. Tip: Use a needle or the sharp tip of a craft knife to lift up cutouts.

7. Place clay carbon paper on skull design on plate and place pattern on top, aligning with edges.

8. Brush three coats of Really White in areas around the eyes, nose, etc. Let dry.

9. Brush three coats of Black Diamond in eyes, nose and jaw area.

10. Brush two coats of Hematite in shadowed areas of cheeks, forehead, etc., as shown in photo. Let dry.

11. Brush three coats of Black Diamond onto spider bodies, leaving an hourglass shape in the centers of backs. Fill in hourglass shapes with Ruby. Let dry.

12. Paint very fine lines simulating spider webs around rim of plate using Black E-Z Stroke Underglaze and the liner brush. Paint spider legs as well.

13. Brush two coats of Pure Brilliance onto back of plate. Let dry.

14. Brush a light coat of Pure Brilliance on the outer rim of plate. Let dry completely.

15. Stilt and fire to 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:


  • Paper towel
  • Pencil
  • Foil or foam plate for palette
  • Scissors
  • Clear adhesive-backed shelf paper
  • Potter's sponge
  • Container for water
  • Clay carbon paper