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Painting And Firing Ceramics

Step by step on how to Paint and fire ceramics as presented by: Crafty Corner

For any question contact: Winnie

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What you need to Paint and fire ceramics:

  • Thin paint brush
  • Pencil
  • Ceramic salt and pepper set
  • Black iron oxide powder
  • Water
  • Small container or glass dish
  • Kiln with stands and shelves

Step 1

Lightly sketch the design you wish to paint onto your ceramic salt and pepper sets.

draw outline

Step 2

Mix some oxide powder with water in your small container.  The mixture creates sediment of oxide so it’s important to mix it continuously as you paint. 

use small brush to paint

Step 3

Paint over your pencil design, using the oxide mixture.

painting design

Step 4

This is what the end result should look like after painting. 

result after painting

Step 5

When loading the kiln, place 3 stands in a triangular shape under each shelf, starting with the base shelf.

outline

Step 6

Do not allow the sets to make contact with one another, the oxide will melt and be absorbed into the ceramic piece, causing them to stick together if they touch.

first row placed

Step 7

This is what the kiln looked like when we were done loading it.

loaded kiln

Step 8

The baking time depends on the size of the kiln and how many items you are baking.  We had to bake these 20 sets at 1060 degrees for 7 hours.

ceramics in the kiln

Step 9

The end result is a unique salt and pepper set, which your friends will envy you for.

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