Swirled Picture Frame


Products Used

  • EL-120 - Black Ice
  • SC-6 - Sunkissed
  • SC-74 - Hot Tamale
  • SC-75 - Orange-A-Peel
  • SC-76 - Cara-bein Blue
Decorating Accessories
  • BT-910 - Synthetic Sponges
  • CB-106 - #6 Script Liner
  • CB-604 - #4 Soft Fan
  • CD-1072 - Spiral Press Tools
  • CD-1078 - Design Press Tools
CD1072_Hand built Frame
Additional Materials
  • Moist Clay
  • ¼" Wooden Slats
  • Canvas
  • Rolling Pin
  • Fettling Knife
  • Needle Tool
  • Slip/Clay Slurry
  • Board
  • Pencil
  • Download Project Pattern: Swirls
Project Info




  1. With a rolling pin on canvas, roll out a piece of moist clay ¼" thick between wooden slats.
  2. Cut 2 rectangles 1 ¾" w x 7 ½" l for the top and bottom of the frame and 2 rectangle pieces 1 ¾" w x 6 ¾" l for the sides of the frame.
  3. Place pieces on a board with all the pieces fitting together in a square shape with an opening in the middle (for the picture).
  4. Press the sun design from the CD-1072 Sprial Press Tools in clay and cut around them. There are about 27 sun shapes for the 5" x 7" frame shown.
  5. Attach the shapes to the fame with slip/clay slurry, overlapping in different directions.
  6. Roll clay balls and stamp with the star design from CD-1078 Press Tools and slip/clay slurry attach in-between the sun shapes.
  7. Allow to throughly dry.
  8. Bisque fire to shelf cone 04.

Painting Directions:

  1. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
  2. Using a CB-604 #4 Soft Fan, apply 2 coats of EL-120 Black Ice to the entire shape.
  3. With a damp sponge wipe off some of the EL-120 Black Ice from the sun and ball shapes. Allow to dry.
  4. Using a CB-106 #6 Script Liner, apply 2 coats of SC-74 Hot Tamale, SC-75 Orange-A-Peel and SC-6 Sunkissed to the sun shapes, blending the colors. Avoid getting the color in the detail.
  5. Using a CB-106 #6 Script Liner, apply 2 coats of SC-76 Cara-bein Blue to the ball shapes. Allow to dry.
  6. Leave the back unglazed.
  7. Stilt and fire to shelf cone 06.

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