Picture of True Matte Pumpkins with Crystals

True Matte Pumpkins with Crystals

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

1. Wipe a damp sponge over entire bisque to remove dust and contaminants.

2. Pour 2-3 ounces of True Matte Glaze onto your palette. Pour 2 ounces of water in your cup. Slowly add water to the glaze while mixing with your pallete knife. Add enough water to get the consistency of the glaze to a heavy cream. Commonly referred to as a scrub coat, this thin first coat lays down a great foundation for the following three coats.

3. Using your SB807 Fan Glaze Brush apply the thinned True Matte Glaze to both the base and lid of your pumpkin. Utilize a cross-hatch stroke. Make fairly large ‘V’ strokes along the piece to minimize the appearance of your brush strokes. Optional: Apply True Matte Glaze to the inside of the pumpkin and lid if desired.

4. Let this first scrub coat dry completely before next step.

5. Pour out another 2-3 ounces of True Matte Glaze and use your fan brush to apply a second coat with the same cross-hatch stroke. Thin with water if needed. Allow to dry completely before moving on.

6. Repeat step #5 for a third, and then fourth coat of True Matte Glaze. Let piece dry completely before moving on.

7. Pour 1-2 ounces of Crystals Glaze onto your palette. Pour approximately 1/2 - 3/4 ounce of water into a cup. Slowly add water to the glaze while mixing with your pallete knife. Thinning this first coat is important. It makes the Crystals Glaze more translucent, allowing the True Matte Glaze to show through-creating a more organic break between the two glazes-not such a harsh line.

8. Use the TB733 3/4” Flat Shader to create an organic, wavy ring around the pumpkin. Extend approximately 1.5“ down the pumpkin base. True Matte Glazes are very rigid and stable, so do not plan on-or worry about- any movement in your design. At the same time, apply the first coat of Crystals Glaze to the lid. Allow to dry completely.

9. Pour 1-2 ounces of Crystals Glaze onto your palette. Use the TB733 3/4” Flat Shader to create a second organic, wavy ring around the pumpkin. Extend to approximately 3/4” above your first. Feel free to overrun your first to create a more interesting, layered look. At the same time, apply the second coat of Crystals Glaze to the lid. Allow piece to dry completely.

10. Using your palette knife stir the Crystals Glaze well to bring up crystals from the bottom of the jar. Repeat Step #10 for the final coat of Crystals Glaze to both the pumpkin and lid.

11. Allow piece to dry completely. No clear glaze is needed with this project. Stilt each piece individually and fire to Cone 06. Dremel all stilt marks after firing.

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What you need:


Miscellaneous:

  • Potter's sponge
  • Water & water cup
  • Paint palette
  • Palette knife