I made it- all the tiles will be done in time! BUT…
to my horror the mermaid’s face and body turned blue! I painted her lovely skin with Fawn underglaze- 3 coats and then brushed a very, very watered down Amaco Indigo float Potter’s choice glaze. I just wanted a teeny, tiny tinge of blue.
GASP! She looks like an ugly, blotchy alien mermaid. I hate it. So all this intense hurrying has got me no where . I have to start from the beginning and redo her body.
I love the octopus- he is fabulous, don’t you think? I will happily share my shower with him. So the installation will not be taking place this week. My husband took off the whole week to help me put up the tiles and the rest of the shower. *sigh*
I vote for just forgetting the whole mess this week, hopping in the car and driving away into the sunset on an adventure.
This past week I painted all of the tiles in one day! I wasn’t sure I could do it- but i did it! I ran the kiln day and night and it would’ve been ready except for the mermaid blues..oh my.
Tile Mural wet clay size:68″ x 36″
Tile Mural final fired and glazed clay size:61″ x 31.5″
Clay: Laguna/Millers Stoneware clay MC66 (75 pounds) cone 6
tiles : Wet clay .5 ” thick- shrunk to Final size:3/8ths thick
Skin: Amaco Velvet underglaze Fawn V-360 with watered down Amaco Potters choice Indigo Float PC-13 (BAD BAD CHOICE. skin color completely covered with dark blue blotches I used a 2:1 ratio)
Skin shadows: Amaco Teddy bear underglaze V-366
Hair: Red Brown Amaco velvet underglaze- V-313 (put down first to fill in cracks, then wiped off right away)
Orange – Amaco velvet underglaze- V-1003
Mermaid’s tail- Seaweed PC 42
Octopus: Amaco Potter’s choice: Salt bluff PC-60- with pink underglaze on undersides of tentacles
Water Background: I used :
Amaco Potters choice Indigo Float PC-13- beautiful for water
Laguna’s Peacock (my favorite for water)
Amaco Potters choice Tourmaline PC-27