Winter Squirrel Mug


Products Used

  • MB-1415 Squirrel Mug
  • FN-029 Rich Chocolate
  • FN-227 Celery
  • SC-14 Java Bean
  • SC-15 Tuxedo
  • SC-16 Cotton Tail
  • SC-30 Blue Dawn
  • SC-34 Down to Earth
  • SC-41 Brown Cow
  • SC-46 Rawhide
  • SC-86 Old Lace

Decorating Accessories

  • CB-604 #4 Soft Fan
  • CB-106 #6 Script Liner
  • CB-110 #10/0 Mini Liner
  • DSS-0111 Leaves
  • AC-310 Silkscreen Medium

Miscellaneous Supplies

  • Palette
  • Palette Knife


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Designer: Carmen Allen


  1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
  2. Place some SC-14 Java Bean on a platter or tile and sprinkle with AC-310 Silkscreen Medium. Using a palette knife mix color and medium to the consistency of thick peanut butter. If the mix is too thin add more AC-310 Silkscreen Medium or if it is too thick add more Stroke & Coat. Too thin of a mixture will bleed under the screen and give you a blurred image and too thick will prevent the color from penetrating the screen leaving blank spots. For more information on mixing the medium go to :
  3. Position the DSS-0111 Leaves screen on the piece. Hold in place, starting from the center out, rub the mixture on the screen with your finger. Lift a corner of the screen to check if you're applying enough color. Quickly place screen on bisque a second time in a new position to leave another of the same image. Remove the screen and wash with water. Do not let the glaze dry onto the screen; this could cause damage. Be sure to cover the medium you mixed with plastic wrap so you may use it again later on in the project.
  4. Using a CB-106 #6 Script Liner, thin SC-34 Down to Earth and apply to the details on the squirrel; just enough to let the glaze settle in the cervices. Load the brush with water to remove any excess glaze that may be outside of the details.
  5. Using a CB-106 #6 Script Liner, apply 2 coats of SC-86 Old Lace to the belly, inside of the ears, and the underside of the tail.
  6. Using the same brush, apply 2 coats of SC-41 Brown cow the the rest of the squirrel trying to avoid the eyes.
  7. Using a CB-110 #10/0 Mini Liner, apply some brushstrokes near the lines of the squirrel to create some shading. Try to keep the brushstrokes in the same motion of the hair.
  8. Repeat the previous step, but use SC-86 Old Lace moving inward further with a higher concentration of brushstrokes.
  9. Using a CB-110 #10/0 Mini Liner, apply 2 coats of SC-16 Cotton Tail to the eyes. Apply 1 coat of SC-30 Blue dawn to the iris and 1 coat of SC-15 Tuxedo to the pupil. Also, add 2 coats of SC-15 Tuxedo the the nose.
  10. Using a CB-106 #6 Script Liner, apply 3 coats of FN-227 Celery to the outside of the mug. Be sure to brush in different directions to reduce the chances of getting bands from the brushstrokes since this is a sheer product.
  11. Using a CB-604 #4 Soft Fan, apply 3 coats of FN-029 Rich Chocolate to the inside of the mug.
  12. Once the outside of the mug is dry, apply 2 more of the DSS-0111 Leaves Screen on top of the sheer glaze.
  13. Let dry completely.
  14. Stilt and fire to shelf cone 06/05.

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