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How To Tuesday: Flip Flop Plate

August 27, 2013

So the summer is nearly over, but that doesn’t mean the memories have to fade. Now is the perfect time to create a keepsake plate to remember all the great times you and your little ones had at the beach this year. Here is a great tutorial on how to create the perfect plate, full of memories, that will last a lifetime.

FlipFlops

Materials:

Large Rimmed Dinner Plate
Brush
Sponge
Paint Pens: Chocolate Milk, Black, & Orange Sherbert
Glaze Colors: Orange Sherbert, Vanilla, Caramel, & Tiger

Instructions:

  1. Wipe down the piece with a damp sponge to make sure that no dust or dirt has settled on the piece.
  2. Using a large brush, coat your little one’s foot with Orange Sherbert glaze and press gently but firmly onto the center of the plate, wiggling each toe down individually to insure a good print. Repeat with the other foot, and then wipe off your child’s foot with a damp sponge for temporary cleaning (Our glazes are completely non-toxic, and the rest will come off easily in the bath!)
  3. Lightly sketch in the details with a pencil before painting. If you make a mistake, please do not use the eraser, as this may keep the glaze from sticking later on. Any pencil marks will fire off in the kiln and completely disappear! You will want to sketch the outline of the flip flops (just follow the basic shape of their foot) and the inscription along the top/bottom rim of the plate.
  4. Lightly sponge a layer of Vanilla, Caramel, and Tiger glaze around the plate, avoiding only the areas “inside” the flip flops you have sketched.
  5. Use the paint pens to trace the sketches you made of the flip flops with Orange Sherbert around the edges, and Chocolate Milk as the straps. Use the Black paint pen to add the details of the “Follow Me to the Beach” inscription.
  6. Write your name or initials on the bottom of your piece with a paintbrush or paint pen. (Please note: Pen or pencil will not show up after the firing process.)

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