Sunday, June 11, 2006

The anatomy of a china painted design

Many people do not understand the time that goes into a china painted piece. Most people are familiar with acrylic paints where the entire design can be painted in one sitting. This is not the case with china paints. China paints are a transclucent paint and they do not 'dry' or become permanent until they are fired. To achieve depth and detail in a design it must be fired several times. Just how many depends on the design. So you can see what happens each time I am going to be posting photos of each firing of this bowl. The photos on this post show it after the first firing (top photo)and after the second painting has been applied but before it was fired the second time (bottom photo). I will be showing this after each firing so you can see how it progresses.

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