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Quick Fired Shamrock Pins And Wind Chimes
Oh boy! St. Patrick's Day is next week, and I haven't made anything green. Are you in the same boat as me? Don't go to the neighborhood Dollar Store and buy those shamrocks that you hang on the windows, or the little pins you wear... Let's get cranking and make them ourselves.
I'm going to show you an easy way to make, fire, and paint shamrocks... all in three days or less! You can attach a pin, punch holes for a string, or just toss them around the house for decoration.
Time's a wastin... grab your coffee and let's get to the studio. I can't wait! My granddaughter is going to love helping with this one.First thing we need to do is gather supplies. You will need;
- Cookie cutters or template
- Duncan Bisque-Stain, Mayco Softees Acrylic, or any green paint you have laying around
- Spray sealer
- Hole cutter and string (if you plan on wind chimes)
- Paint brushes
Now, lets get to making them shamrocks!
- Roll out a slab of clay roughly 1/4" thick
- Using a cookie cutter or template, cut out as many shamrocks as you think you will need
- Smooth the edges with a damp sponge or your finger
- Punch holes if you plan to string them
- Lay them out on a drywall ware board, then cover them with a second drywall board
- Note: make sure if you are using drywall, you tape the edges so plaster particles don't mix with your clay. It could cause a "lime pop" resulting in a large crack or hole in your piece.
- Allow them to dry for 8 hours or more
- Quick fire
- Quick fire in this case is going from semi-dry clay, to full cone in one firing, by placing your shamrocks on a kiln shelf in a glaze fire. Remember to do a long pre-heat (I usually do 6 hours), then ramp the kiln up as usual.
- Once the kiln cools down, remove the shamrocks and do the painting
- When the paint is dry, us the spray sealer to ensure the paints won't wear off
- From here, you can either string them for a wind chime, or attach a pin (I like to use Aftosa E-6000)
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