Family Tree

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Additional Materials
  • Pencil
  • Sea Sponge
Project Info




  1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
  2. Keeping in mind the size of the particular child's hands, lightly mark the size of the top portion of the tree (the branches) with a number 2 pencil. The larger the hands the more space you will need at the top of the platter and the shorter the trunk of the tree will be.
  3. Next, lightly sketch the tree trunk on the platter. Don't forget to incorporate roots at the base of the tree. (See the sample photo -- tree trunks are not just straight lines.)
  4. Using a RB-118 #8 Round, apply 2 coats of SC-34 Down to Earth on to the trunk of the tree.
  5. Paint the child's hand's using SC-34 Down to Earth and place them on top of the trunk to form the branches of the tree. If applying more than one child's prints, make sure the child with the largest hands applies his/her prints as the lower/outer branches. The smaller hands should fill in the center/top of the tree branches.
  6. Apply a dime sized dab of the remaining colors (except for SC-15 Tuxedo) to your palette.
  7. Mom and dad should then dip their finger tips into the colors and add their finger prints as leaves to the platter. Fill in the space between the "branches" and also add some "leaves" to the base of the platter.
  8. Using a sea sponge, sponge on a thin border around the platter using SC-75 Orange-A-Peel.
  9. Personalize the piece with the names of each family member and the family's surname, using a RB-104 #4 Short Liner and SC-15 Tuxedo.
  10. Glaze the piece. Allow to dry.
  11. Stilt and fire to shelf cone 06.