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Products Used

Bisque
  • MB-1457 Pinwheel
  • MB-1458 Super Pinwheel
Color
  • CG-753 Sassy Orange
  • CG-765 Firecracker
  • EL-128 Wheat
  • EL-143 Cactus Flower
  • PC-601 Clear Cascade
  • SC-75 Orange-A-Peel
  • SG-201 Black Cobblestone
  • SG-401 Black Designer Liner

Decorating Accessories

  • RB-144 #4 Soft Fan
  • AC-220 Detailer Bottles

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Construction Adhesive
  • Beads
  • 16 Gauge Wire
  • 1/2" Copper Tube
  • 3/4" Copper Tube
  • Dremel Tool
  • Carbide Tip

 

TTO EL pinweel
Designer: Marcia Roullard
 

Grades 3-8

Description

During the nineteenth century in the United States, any wind-driven toy held aloft by a running child was characterized as a whirligig, including pinwheels. Pinwheels provided many children with numerous hours of enjoyment and amusement.

An Armenian immigrant toy manufacturer, Tegran M. Samour, invented the modern version of the pinwheel, originally titled "wind wheel," in 1919 in Boston, Massachusetts. Samour, owned a toy store in Stoneham, Massachusetts, and sold the wind wheel along with two other toys which he invented.

Students will create colorful interpretations of pinwheels with glazes using different application techniques and then create a mixed media project using wire, beads and other found objects.

 

Objective

* Students will experience using a detailer bottle to apply glaze to bisque.

* Students will mix glazes to produce new color combinations.

* Student will apply sculpture processes to a clay project.

 

Instructions
1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 Bisque. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
 
2. Drill a hole in the center and in each of the four sections near the center with a Dremel and a carbide tip.

3. Use the Soft Fan to apply a liberal coat of PC-601 Clear Cascade to the top sections of both pinwheels.

4. Brush over the Cascade with two liberal coats of CG-753 Sassy Orange for the small pinwheel and CG-756 Firecracker for the large pinwheel. Be sure to apply plenty of crystals. crystals.

5. Use the Soft Fan to apply two coats of EL-128 Wheat to the lower section of the small pinwheel. Apply one liberal coat of Wheat over the Sassy Orange.

6. Use the same brush to apply two liberal coats of EL-143 Cactus Flower to the lower section of the large pinwheel. Apply one liberal coat of Cactus Flower over CG-756 Firecracker.

7. While the glazes are wet, fill an AC-220 Detailer Bottle with SG-301 Black Cobblestone, then squirt lines of Cobblestone on top of the pinwheel. Use SC-75 Orange A Peel and SG-401 Black in the same manner.

8. Fuse together in the firing at cone 06.

9. Use epoxy to glue the wire and beads to the center holes. Cut the 1/2" copper tube approx. 15" long, use construction adhesive to adhere to the back.  Cut the 3/4" tube about 8-9" ling, this is staked in the ground so that the pinwheel will fit nicely inside of the larger tube.

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