Picture of Mermaid Mugs

Mermaid Mugs

Bring to life this mystical sea creature on a mug that will bring oohs and ahhs from all your coworkers around the coffee pot. The beautiful scale design is just the base for an underworld of possibilities for color and design!

Mug at Left:

For best results, please read all instructions before beginning project. Refer to photo for color and design placement.

 

  1. Wipe ware with damp sponge to remove bisque dust.
  2. With lightly pencil, write a “G” (gold) randomly on some of the scales around mug and handle. Repeat with numbers or initials of the remaining colors until all scales are included.
  3. Brush two coats of Pure Brilliance to inside of mug and to bottom. Let dry.
  4. Brush two coats of Pure Brilliance to the scales marked with “G”. Let dry.
  5. Begin painting the scales marked with a particular color including handle. Brush two solid coats and let dry. NOTE:  Paint scales of one color with two solid coats before beginning another color as it can become confusing when dried.
  6. Continue brushing two coats to the remaining scales as marked. Let dry.
  7. Brush on one coat of Pure Brilliance to the outside of mug. Let dry.
  8. Stilt mug on kiln shelf and fire to cone 06.
  9. Brush a coat of White Gold on the clear glazed scales. Let dry.
  10. Use liner to brush a fine line of White Gold on base of each scale.  Continue with scales on tail. Let dry.
  11. Stilt mug and fire to cone 018.

Mug at Right:

  1.      Wipe cup with damp sponge to remove bisque dust.
  2.      Lightly with pencil, write a “G” (gold) randomly on some of the scales around cup and handle. Repeat with numbers or initials of the remaining colors until all scales are included.
  3.      Brush two solid coats of Pure Brilliance to inside mug and to bottom. Let dry.
  4.      Brush two coats of Pure Brilliance to the scales marked with “G”. Let dry.
  5.      Begin painting the scales marked with a particular color including handle. Brush two solid coats and let dry. NOTE: Paint scales of one color with two solid coats before beginning another color as it can become confusing when dried.
  6.      Continue brushing two coats to the remaining scales as marked. Let dry.
  7.      Stilt cup on kiln shelf and fire to cone 06.
  8.      To the clear glazed scales, brush a coat of Fired Gold on each. Let dry.
  9.      Use Liner to brush a fine line of White Gold on base of each scale. Continue with scales on tail. Let dry.
  10.   Stilt cup and fire to cone 018.
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What you need:


Miscellaneous:

  • Potter’s sponge
  • Container for water
  • Palette
  • Pencil