Rainbow Fish Technique Sheet
|Color me happy! Have fun with mixed media to create this classic children's book character using clay. A superb gift for any child who loves this book.
Design courtesy of Bisque Imports
Color me happy! Have fun with mixed media to create this classic children's book character using clay.
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7825A Versa Clay
CC102-2 Cover Coat Ivory Pearl
CC118-2 Cover Coat Cobalt Crystal Black
CC137-2 Cover Coat Regency Purple
CC148-2 Cover Coat Deep Turquoise
CC150-2 Cover Coat Medium Green
CC180-2 Cover Coat Papago Turquoise
PB26398 Pure Brilliance Dipping Glaze
Cardboard or Parchment Paper
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1. Cut and roll out a slab of clay approximately 1/2" thick onto a sheet of cardboard or parchment paper.
2. Use an angled modeling tool - such as a wooden skewer - to cut out a fish shape. Once cut, remove and place excess clay aside.
TIP: Use your finger to smooth out edges with water.
3. Using excess clay, flatten a small ball of clay to create the fish eye.
4. To attach the eye to the body, score cross-hatch grooves onto each joining surface. For example, score the underside of the eye and the body area on which the eye will be positioned. Once scored, apply a layer of watered down clay to each scored surface and attach the the pieces together. Once attached, use your finger to blend the shapes together with water.
5. Use a plastic fork to score texture marks along each fin.
6. Once clay is dry, use an assortment of Cover Coat paints to paint the project.
7. To create this project, paint the eye with 3 coats of Pearl Ivy. Paint the eye center with Cobalt Crystal Black. Paint the top fin with 3 coats of Regency Purple and the bottom fin with 3 coats of Medium Green. Paint the fish body with 3 coats of Deep Turquoise. Paint the tail fins with 3 coats of Papago Turquoise, then add Regency Purple along the ends of each tail fin. Use water to blend the colors where they meet.
8. Allow project to dry completely for 5-7 days, or until clay is no longer cool to the touch.
9. Fire the completed project to cone 04.
10. Once fired, dip project in Pure Brilliance and fire to cone 06.
11. Following the second firing, glue an assortment of colored sequins to the fish body to create rainbow-colored scales. If needed, dab a layer of decoupage over the sequins to create a seal. Once complete, allow project to dry completely.
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