You may remember a few months ago Caroline wrote a post about china painting as a way of decorating glazed ceramic. I knew I wanted to give this a go and went straight on line and bought a selection of paints which come in these adorable tiny jars…they’ve been sitting in a cupboard ever since!
Well yesterday I finally got around to using them. I’d made some little mouse charms and unusually for me glazed them in pastel shades which I felt needed jazzing up a bit. They have little tails on one side but I thought maybe a little tattoo on the other cheek might look cute.
Rather stupidly I forgot to take a photo of me working with the paints but you can find more about the process on Caroline’s post. Basically you mix the finely powdered paint with a medium – either a commercial one or an improvised one as I did – I used 7UP. Then it’s ‘simply’ a case of painting on your chosen design. Actually I found it anything but simple – I’m not good at small detail and it’s very difficult to hold onto and paint on a tiny object with curved surfaces even with the simplistic designs I was trying to achieve. Needless to say there was frequent dropping, cleaning and starting again.
But I persevered and eventually ended up with all my meeces sporting a little heart or flower tattoos and ready for firing…
Compared to glaze firing this is a pretty quick process whereby you fire the kiln straight up to 700ºc and then let it cool straight back down. This is how they finished up.
I’m not entirely happy with them as I think they’re a bit untidy. What I should have done is practice on an old plate or tile first to get a feel for the paints but when did I ever do anything that sensible? I’m sure I’ll improve with practice though – even if I do have to decorate all my table china to do it!
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