Picture of Night Sky

Night Sky

Capture the essence of a starry night on the perfect canvas: Duncan® Oh Four™ Bisque! Create subtle variations with Crystals™ Glaze colors using Envision Glazes®, E-Z Stroke™ Translucent Underglazes and Cover-Coats® Opaque Underglazes.

Instructions

  1. Wipe plate with a damp sponge to remove any dust.
  2. If needed, thin IN 1026 Very Black to a heavy-cream consistency. Using Fan Brush, apply three flowing coats to backside of plate, letting dry between coats.
  3. Cut pattern pieces for plate design. Note: the base of a pint of Duncan® glaze was used to create the moon. Place it over the word Moon on the pattern piece and trace. Make sure to not cut away glaze directions on any section.
  4. Lay out pattern in various formats on surface of plate until you have a design you are pleased with.
  5. Using a No. 2 lead pencil, lightly trace around pattern pieces directly onto plate. There are five different color combinations for the sky. If you want to include all of them, make sure you have five different sky areas.
  6. Draw in branch pattern as indicated on pattern.
  7. Reassemble pattern pieces on table beside your workspace. You will use the notes to track each layer of glaze as you brush it on.
  8. Before conditioning brush with water, select a brush, using it dry, check to see that it maneuvers the way you want it to in the spaces of your pattern. Use whatever brush feels best to you.
  9. Brush in the moon with one coat of CC 105 Sungold Yellow.
  10. Brush in leafy area of tree with one coat of CC 105 Sungold Yellow.
  11. Brush in smaller branches with one coat of CC 131 Teal Blue.
  12. Brush in larger branches with one coat of CC 165 Black Brown.
  13. Apply three coats of IN 1026 Very Black to the very top band of sky as well as the other patches of black sky (look at pattern pieces to double check), the tree trunk, the ground and the silhouette.
  14. Using Crystals™ Glazes: For first two coats, mix the top three quarters of the jar with a palette knife then pour into a 3-oz. paper cup. Before applying the third and final coat, use palette knife to thoroughly mix in crystals sitting at bottom of jar and add to paper cup. Generously apply crystals onto ware with the third coat.
  15. Apply two coats of CR 850 Cumulus Clouds to all pattern areas as indicated.
  16. Moon: For a golden moon, apply three coats of CC 852 Solar Flares. Variation: Apply one coat of CR 852 Solar Flares and follow with two coats of CR 858 Polynesian Lagoon for a subtler look. Make sure to mix only the top three quarters of jar for first two coats, then mix all glaze for last coat.
  17. If you have included a tree in your design, add a tiny margin – about ¼” – around the leafy area and the trunk, if desired. The tree shows off very nicely with a margin of just CR 850 Cumulus Clouds. Note: In steps 18 and 19, do not brush EZ 012 Cobalt Jet Black or EZ 064 Concord Grape on to tree margin.
  18. Brush EZ 012 Cobalt Jet Black onto designated night sky area.
  19. Brush EZ 064 Concord Grape onto designated night sky area.
  20. Tree: Mix the top three quarters of CR 854 Outer Space with a palette knife then pour into a 3-oz. paper cup. Apply two coats of CR 854 Outer Space to all pattern areas as indicated.
  21. Mix the crystals in the bottom of the jar for the remaining coats of CR 850 Cumulus Clouds. Brush final coat onto all designated pattern areas on sky.
  22. Mix the crystals in the bottom of the jar for the remaining coat of CR 854 Outer Space. Brush final coat on tree.
  23. Allow ware to dry for 24 hours.
  24. Sign backside of plate with French Plum.
  25. Stilt and fire to shelf cone 06.
  26. Remove stilt marks with Dremel Tool or stilt stone.
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What you need:


Miscellaneous:

  • Paper towels
  • Sponge
  • Scissors
  • 3-oz. Paper cups
  • Water bowl
  • Glazed tile or aluminum foil
  • Pencil with clean eraser
  • Palette knife