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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

painting on ceramics

i found this beauty at the thrift store a while back.
although the coloring on this really isn't bad,
i wanted to have a different color than brown.
you will need rubbing alcohol
a paint brush
a lot of patience
and this paint:
americana gloss enamels by decoart

so this is very simple.

step one:
clean the ceramic with rubbing alcohol.
no need to sand or anything! 
just wet a cotton ball and wipe the surface clean!

step two:
get to work. be patient. this takes years.
(i never exaggerate.)

after one coat:

after a million coats: 
(i think i did four-but i let each dry so painted over a course of days)
i thought i had a pic, but can't find it.
you should have a thick enough paint load that no underlying ceramic paint shows at all.
it looks so pretty at this point! but you're not done yet.

step three:
let the paint dry for 48 hours.

step four: 
preheat oven to 325 degrees fahrenheit
(i accidentally did mine at 350 and it worked fine)

step five:
load in the oven and bake for 30 minutes

and you're done!
isn't that cool.

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