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« on: November 02, 2010 10:11:28 PM »

i apologise for some of the photography in this. the light pretty bad and im trying to take most of the pictures with one hand Embarrassed
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for this tutorial i am using 'gare' under glaze and clear dipping glaze and a premade bisqueware teardrop bauble from country love ceramics.

step one. i prefer to decant the colours into smaller bottles with fine nibs (you can dribble them from a bigger bottle but this is easier ). since im using white as a background colour a larger bottle is fine.

step 2
tightly wedge the baubles onto the end of a pencil (alternatively the end of an old paint brush, a stick etc...as long as its wedged reasonably tightly)

step 3
wipe the bisque with a damp sponge and using a large brush begin to cover the area in your background colour (you would usualy leave the paint dry between coats, covering the area in three layers....this is not what we are doing Wink ) keep going, work quickly and ensure the bauble is covered in wet paint.

step 4
take a Bottle of the same background colour and pour it over the bauble , covering it entirely (so it looks a bit like a giant melting ice cream)

if you have 'pits' like this gently smooth them with your finger. what we are trying to create is a smooth surface to marble onto.

step 5
add a few lines of your chosen colours. strong colours (black, dark blues etc) will be over powering in large quantities.

step 6
the fun bit Grin
begin to twist the pencil (stick/paintbrush end etc) quickly in your hands or bang (firmly but not really hard or will break the bisque) either the pencil or the teardrop tip onto the work top to encourage the paint to begin to move and marble.

when you are happy leave to dry

i wedge the end of the pencil in an old cardboard box ( you dont want anything to touch the surface otherwise it will spoil your design)

once dry dip your bauble in a clear dipping glaze and fire.
for inspiration here are a few i made last year (they are addictive!)

[black and white (i marbled the paint with my finger on this one)

a bowl of blue and white baubles

black white and red

enjoy! Grin

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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2010 10:42:47 PM »

Wow, this is really cool!!  Thanks for sharing your tutorial.  Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2010 05:05:14 AM »

Wow, those are really pretty. I love the colors. You did a great job on these. Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us. Take care and have a good day. Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2010 05:41:45 AM »

wow looks great quite a simple technique for great results, I'll have to give this a go myself!

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« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2011 02:26:39 PM »

I know this is a really old post but I can't believe you only got 3 comments! These look amazing, I'm definitely going to start experimenting with some of this stuff. Thank you so much for the tutorial, you make it look so easy Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2011 08:16:23 AM »

Those are really pretty.  I have always wondered though, how do you fire shapes like these that are round and completely covered in glaze without having them stick to the kiln shelf?

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« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2011 12:34:58 PM »

country love ceramics sell stilt specificly for baubles Smiley


« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2011 08:33:04 PM »

Ha!  I knew there had to be a tool for that!  Thanks.  Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2011 08:33:24 PM »

That is so great and they look so intricate! You know, I don't have access to a kiln anymore and I make jewelry now. I just bought a bunch of vintage wooden dominoes and I think I may take this idea and use it on the dominoes to make pendants or a bracelet! Thanks so much for the tute!

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« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2011 11:45:30 AM »

I love these! I bet they would make great ornaments!

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