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Topic: Embellishing Ceramic Teacups and Teapot? Heeeeeellllp  (Read 570 times)
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« on: January 02, 2006 09:14:17 PM »

YAY!  I picked-up some cute teacups at salvo today for 20 cents ... I'm making my sis some teacup candles for our b-day (we're twins so yeah it's _our_ b-day  Grin).  They are simple and blue, and I'd like to embellish them and paint them to match her kitchen (she's very matchy like Martha and appreciates that sort of thing).  I also picked-up a ceramic teapot for my place, which we've been in dire need of.  The spout is chipped at the lip and I'd like to fix that as well as embellish the pot itself somehow. 

Anyway ... I don't have a kiln or anything fancy, but I'd like to change these things to make 'em work.  Suggestions?  The teacups only need some painting ... the teapot I think needs to have some funky shapes added to it.  Somefin...
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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2006 11:13:50 PM »

in the current martha stewart living there is an article about embellishing ceramics and other stuff with just painted dots-like small dots painted in patterns. it looks really nice.  (of course it does it's martha!)
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2006 02:02:51 PM »

So, I found the proper paint for painting on ceramic stuff ... it's Porcelaine 150.  I may buy some online or see if Michael's has it (the online site says they allegedly do). 

Now I just need to figure out how to do 3-d embellishments.  Would polymer clay work?  I'm just concerned I couldn't get it to stick.  Hmm.   Huh
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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2006 12:25:40 PM »

I'm not sure that it would stick....but you could try super glue!
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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2006 10:53:45 PM »

i don't think polymer would be the greatest solution, as it wouldnt' stick.

Its not 3d, but maybe you would have luck with etching cream? Puffy paint (the kind you used on Tshirts as a kid) might work as well, but not sure how "martha" that might look, nor how it would hold up in the wash....
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« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2006 08:50:12 AM »

Baked polymer clay will stick just fine if you use the right glue.  You'll need a superglue, epoxy, liquid clay (must bake to cure though), or maybe even a strong white glue for attaching jewels like Beacon's GemTac (degrease the area first with alcohol). 

The one problem with using glue would be heat if you're using the pot with really hot water near where the embellishments would be... many glues are heat resistant only to a certain level, then they begin to weaken or fail (I think 2-pt. epoxy should be okay though).

Polymer clay will stick to slick surfaces somewhat, and will stick well if there's also a mechanical hold or grip of some kind (e.g, if the clay were all around the base of a handle, rather than just a small piece sitting alone in the center of a flatter area). 

Your best bet though may be to form the clay embellishments exactly where you want them to be on the flatter areas... then bake everything, pop the clay pieces off, and glue 'em back on. 
Or you can remove them carefully while the clay is raw, lay on a wad of tissues or polyester batting or baking soda to bake alone, then attach back with one of the glues mentioned above (that way the curvature etc. of the clay will be an exact match for the spot you want to put it).

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