Picture of Scallop Shell Box

Scallop Shell Box

The natural shape of this beautiful shell almost doesn’t need any enhancing, but adding bright, bold Duncan® Concepts® colors makes it so much more fun! Add light and dark pinks and reds for a totally unique and colorful ocean treasure to hold trinkets and more.

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 lid and box. Let dry.
  3. Use No. 4 Liner brush to paint two solid coats of Light Honeysuckle in shell crevices. Let dry.
  4. Use slightly damp sponge to wipe across leaving Honeysuckle in the crevices and bisque on the raised areas. Let dry.
  5. Brush three coats Light Pink to sides and bottom of box and to lid and sides. Let dry.
  6. Use Liner brush to paint four arched lines across shell (refer to photo) with Fruit Punch.
  7. Lightly drybrush some Fruit Punch at base of shell and blend into shell to darken.
  8. Dip old toothbrush or stiff bristled brush into some Really Red and spatter across lid and down sides of box.  Let dry.
  9. Stilt box and lid on kiln shelf and fire to cone 06.
  10. If desired, brush a coat of Pure Brilliance to lid and side of box, stilt and re-fire to cone 06 for added sheen.
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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