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Rubbing Alcohol Technique

Base Coat

Base coat the piece with whatever color glaze you would like to.

Pottery Rubbing Alcohol 1

Mask

To create an even pattern, mask off square sections on the top of the piece, using ¼ inch masking tape to create grids.
Make sure the paint is completely dry before taping or the tape won’t stick.

Pottery Rubbing Alcohol 2

Mix Wash

Mix your choice of a second glaze color with water to a thin wash consistency.

Pottery Rubbing Alcohol 3

Apply Glaze Wash

Work within one row of squares at a time.
Apply one coat of the thinned glaze along each row.

Pottery Rubbing Alcohol 4

Drop Alcohol

After glazing a small portion with wash, immediately add a drop of rubbing alcohol in each square with a liner brush.
The rubbing alcohol drop repels the top layer of glaze and creates a circular outline.
Let piece dry, then gently peel off all tape.

Pottery Rubbing Alcohol 5

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The best way of starting out is to take a few lessons from Youtube. You will probably waste quite a bit in materials when you first get started. Figuring out how to truly make handmade pottery correctly and shape into what you want it to be can be quite an ordeal. The different tools that a normal shop will have can be fun to try. You will soon see which ones you like to use the most and then when you are ready you will know which ones to buy.

With the help of the internet, you can now purchase most if not all of your ceramic and pottery tools and supplies online. We are located far from any well supplied dealers and yet working with reliable ceramic and pottery suppliers online has allowed us to recieve most of our orders within a timely manner.

When you get all set up, just enjoy the hobby and have fun at it. Some people get pretty serious and start selling their creations at craft fairs and small stores, but others just like to create items for themselves, relatives, and friends. Whichever kind of handmade pottery you desire to endeavor, enjoy the hobby and have fun doing it.

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