Picture of The Happy Couple Puzzle Mugs

The Happy Couple Puzzle Mugs

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by sharing a cup of something cozy with the one who’s captured your heart! The Duncan® Oh Four® Puzzle Mugs are the perfect gift for the connected couple.


1. Wipe mugs with damp sponge to remove bisque dust.

2. One at a time, place clay carbon paper on mugs and “Mr“ pattern on left mug and “Mrs” pattern on right mug. Trace over letters to transfer onto mugs.

3. Using a ruler, lightly sketch in an approximately 1/8” stripe extending across the tops of mugs. Refer to photo. Sketch in a bow on top of stripe to create a ribbon effect as shown. Make sure ribbon lines align on both mugs.

4. If desired, run masking tape along the top and bottom of ribbon to ensure a straight line when painting.

5. Use the No. 1 Liner to brush three coats of Black onto wording and ribbon. Remove tape then paint bow. Let dry completely.

6. To create hearts, dab end of paintbrush into Bright Pink and make two dots side-by-side on mug. Use the No. 1 Liner to pull in a “V” shape under the dots to finish heart. Repeat randomly all over mugs.

7. Brush three coats of Bright Pink onto mug handles. Let dry.

8. Place on kiln shelf and fire to cone 06.

9. Brush two coats of Pure Brilliance onto each mug except for handles. Let dry, then brush one coat onto handles. Let dry completely.

10. 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:


  • ¼” Masking tape (optional)
  • Clay carbon paper
  • Foil or foam plate for palette
  • Pencil
  • Potter's sponge
  • Ruler
  • Paper towels
  • Container for water