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KNITTED PUMPKIN WITH LEAVES

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KNITTED PUMPKIN WITH LEAVES

Designer: Bob Moreni

SUPPLIES

Form

  • CD025 Small Knitted Pumpkin
  • CD1073 4 Leaf Designs Press Tool

Colors

  • SS-45 Buttermilk
  • SS-130 Medium Gray
  • SS-127 Medium Portrait
  • SS-138 Flat Black
  • SS-254 Golden Ochre
  • SS-276 Forest Green
  • SS-317 Turquoise
  • SS-335 Rich Blue
  • SS-399 Terra Cotta
  • MM-106 Steel Metallic
  • MM-305 Rapid Rust

Decorating Accessories

  • AC-502 Matte Sealer
  • MM-600 Spritzer Cap
  • Basecoat Brush
  • Various Drybrush’s
  • RB-104 #4 Liner

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Foam Plates – Aluminum Foil for Palette
  • Paper Towels
  • Water Bowl
  • Clean-Up Tool
  • Sponge
  • Low Fire White Clay
  • XActo Knife
  • 20 Gauge Copper Wire

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cast the mold in usual manner. While in the leather stage, punch 4 holes around the bottom of the stem for the copper wire later. Allow to dry. Clean the greenware with a Clean-Up Tool.
  2. Roll out some Low Fire Whit Clay. Take the Maple Leaf Press Tool and press out 3 or more leaves. Trim with XActo Knife then give a slight bend to the leaf to make it look real. Add a small piece of clay with a hole in it to the back of the leaf to attach later. Clean the leaves with a damp brush. Allow to dry!
  3. Bisque fire the pumpkin and the leaves to cone 04.
  4. Mix a small amount of SS-138 Flat Black to some SS-130 Medium Gray to create a darker gray color.
  5. Basecoat the pumpkin with 1-2 coats with the dark gray mix. Allow to dry!
  6. Mix a small amount of SS-276 Forest Green to some SS-45 Buttermilk to create a sage color.
  7. Drybrush the pumpkin Stripes in the following order. Drybrush all the stripes with the same color and highlight. Drybrush all the same color on the piece before going to the next color. Green stripe – mix of SS-45 Buttermilk and SS-276 Forest Green, highlight with SS-45 Buttermilk. Yellow stripe – SS-254 Golden Ochre, highlight with SS-45 Buttermilk. Tan stripe – SS-127 Medium Portrait, highlight with SS-45 Buttermilk. Orange stripe – SS-399 Terra Cotta, highlight with SS-45 Buttermilk. Turquoise stripe – SS-317 Turquoise, highlight with SS-45 Buttermilk.
  8. Shade the deep crevices of the pumpkin with the basecoat color. Allow to dry!
  9. Apply 1 coat of MM-106 Steel Metallic to the stem and leaves. When dry apply a 2nd coat of MM-106 Steel Metallic to the stem, while this coat is still wet apply MM-305 Rapid Rust to the stem and leaves. You may want to lay the pumpkin on its side so the MM-305 Rapid Rust does not drip onto the pumpkin. Allow to dry!
  10. Apply 1-2 coats of AC-502 Matte Sealer to the piece.
  11. DO NOT FIRE.
  12. Attach the leaves with the Copper Wire stringing it through the holes in the pumpkin and the back of the leaf. Add some wire curly cues.