Picture of Mystical Mollusk Nautilus Shell Box

Mystical Mollusk Nautilus Shell Box

Inspired by the tiger nautilus shell, this boldly colored design can be found in nature and is one of the most popular shell shapes. The shape best represents the laws of growth and makes a fun piece to decorate and display.

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

  1.      Wipe lid and box with damp sponge to remove bisque dust.
  2.      Brush two coats Pure Brilliance to inside box and lid. Let dry.
  3.      Place lid on box and line up incised line. Lightly with pencil continue curve of line on bottom half of box so they will match up when painted.
  4.      Paint three coats Bright Salsa in space between incised lines. Continue painting lines on bottom portion of box. Let dry and repeat with two more coats.  Let dry.
  5.      Use Liner brush to paint two thin lines between the painted stripes (see picture) and continue lines to bottom of box. Let dry.
  6.      Paint thin line of Bright Salsa in carved section of coil to darken. Float color out to create dimension. Let dry.
  7.      Dip stiff brush into Dark Salsa and flick bristles back with finger to create spattering over lid and box sides. Let dry.
  8.      Stilt box and lid on kiln shelf 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:


  • Potter’s sponge
  • Container for water
  • Clean plate for palette
  • Stiff bristle brush or old toothbrush