Color Me Happy

With adult supervision, children can participate in this project by applying three coats of clear overglaze to a bisque vase, and then fire it at a 06-firing cone. After the vase has cooled, each child can spray his or her vase with two coats of a porcelain sealant to give the vase a matte look. Then, each child places a candle on the table and–with the help of a second person–holds the vase and rotates it above the candle. A second child takes a stainless-steel knife and divides the flame, causing smoke to adhere onto the vase. After the marbling is complete, spray the vase once with a porcelain sealant.

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Decals

Start by glazing and firing the bisque item in a light color, applying three coats of clear overglaze. After the project is cooled and the surface is clean, a decal can be applied. Place the decal in a bowl of warm water, completely submerging it to remove the paper backing. Remind the children to put only one decal in the water at a time. The decal will curl at first and then begin to lay flat again. After it has been in the water for one minute, check to see if the decal moves on the paper. If it does, the decal is ready to be fastened on the project. Holding the decal in the center with one finger, remove the air bubbles by pressing from the center to the edges. After the project has dried for three hours, wipe off any excess glue around the decal before firing in a kiln for three hours at a 016-firing cone.

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Mystery Glaze

Apply a nontoxic glaze on a bisque item, such as a frog, dragon, lizard or snake, so that the children will not know what color it is until it comes out of the kiln. Because frogs, dragons, lizards and snakes can be many different colors, children will be truly surprised.

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Porcelain Finish On A Glazed Ceramic

After firing a ceramic item that has been glazed with a clear gloss glaze at a 06-firing cone in a kiln, spray a porcelain sealant over the item to give it a softer porcelain finish.

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Jared Knight is the manager of Program and Human Resources at Aspen Grove Family Camp and Conference Center in Provo, Utah. He is the author of two books published by Healthy Learning–“101 Creative Programs for Children” and “101 Age-Appropriate Camp Activities.” Knight can be reached via e-mail at jared_knight@byu.edu

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