STYLISED IRIS painted with lustre and textures by Sandra De
My inspiration for this box was a design
by Marie-Claire Frass in the Swiss Magazine – March 2017
issue. The design would equally suit most shapes
such as vases and plates.
Products & techniques used:
Lustre Dipping on the background of the
lid – Blue Pearl, Ruby Carmine.
Lustre Base & Iris flower and bud – 2-3
coats Midnight Blue Violet
Leaves & stems – Sand Paste mix. LB
Gold Fire; LB Platinum over. This creates a softer effect.
Iris and buds were outlined with Fools
Draw or trace on flower and buds (No need to do the
leaves at this stage). Mask out flower and buds with Green
Acetone based Resist - do NOT use a water based resist as the
lustre dipping in water would melt the resist.
1st fire dipping – Blue Pearl lustre;
2nd fire dipping – Ruby Lustre. Fire
It is important that the blue lustre is
dipped at the top of the piece and the Ruby kept to the bottom
of the piece. I did this in stages i.e. 2 firings. Take off
mask before firing.
3rd Firing – Mask around Iris flower
and buds. Midnight Blue Violet lustre was brushed on the
flower and buds . If you are not experienced with brushing and
shading with lustre – sponge on lightly. Take off mask &
lightly sketch in leaves and stems. Apply
a light coat of sand paste mix. Fire 800deg
4th Firing - With a lustre brush, gently shade
flower and buds with Midnight Bl Violet lustre.
Allow lustre to dry.
Mix GCC Yellow Texture for Bright Gold
with Water based medium. With a fine stylus apply to the
centres of the Iris petals using a dotting effect. Fire
5th Firing - Outline Flower and buds with Fools
Gold creating veins on the main petal. Apply LB Gold to the
stems and leaves. Fire 780 deg. You need a 780deg temp. to
fire the Fools Gold.
6th Firing - Apply a coat of LB Platinum to the
leaves (I left the stems LB Gold for a contrast). Fire 750deg.
Note: a 2nd coat of LB Gold may need to be applied to
the stems. Fire 750deg.
Edges of the lid and base – After all coats of
Midn. Blue Violet were applied and fired, using a textured
sponge I applied a coat of Fools Gold. Fired 780deg. This is
optional but added a finishing touch to this design.
Paint flowers and buds with Porc Paints instead of
Dry or Wet Ground base of box instead of lustres.
Instead of lustre dipping the background, flood/marbelise
lustres with thinners.
Use straight Texture Coat or Nu Relief instead of the
Sand Paste mix on the leaves
Mix Text Coat or Nu Relief with WB Medium or Metho to get
a different effect. EXPERIMENT.
Chip off the leaves with chipping off powder instead of
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Sand Paste Mix
Green Acetone Covercoat
Flooding/Marbelising with lustre and
Yellow Texture for Bright Gold
Chipping Off powder