Apothecary Jars


Products Used

  • MB-1444 Large Finial Jar
  • MB-1445 Small Finial Jar
  • FN-001 White
  • FN-212 Blue Diamond
  • FN-227 Celery
  • SC-16 Cotton Tail
  • SC-39 Army Surplus
  • SC-52 Toad-ily Green
  • SC-53 Purple Haze
  • SC-Grape Jelly
  • SC-It's Sage
  • S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing Glaze

Decorating Accessories

  • CB-110 #10/0 Liner
  • CB-404 #4 Pointed Round
  • CB-604 #4 Soft Fan

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • BT-910 Synthetic Sponge
  • 12" x 12" - 1/2" Foam Padding
  • 12" x 12" Bubble Wrap or Piece of Plastic
  • Plastic Cups
  • Plastic Spoons
Designer: William Pulse


  1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque.  Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust. Check the inside of the jars and lid for any debris as well.
  2. Thin some S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing with water to a melted ice cream consistency in a plastic cup. Pour the thinned glaze into the inside of the jar, while working quickly to rotate the jar to completely coat the inside with glaze. Pour out excess glaze and invert to dry.  Wipe off any excess color with a moistened sponge.
  3. In a Plastic Cup mix some FN-001 White with water to a milk consistency. Use CB-604 Soft Fan to apply 2 coats of the thinned color to the middle sections on both jars.
  4. Lay down the piece of ½” Foam and place the smooth side up on the bubble wrap over the foam piece.
  5. In the plastic cups separately mix some of the following colors with water to melted ice cream consistency; SC-52 Toad-ily Green, SC-53 Purple Haze, FN-001 White, FN-212 Blue Diamond, FN-225 Celery. All of the colors need to be about the same viscosity. Onto the plastic covered foam place 5-6 dollops ( approximately half dollar size) of FN-001 White with the plastic spoon. For the smaller green vase place, 6 smaller dollops (quarter sized) of FN-227 Celery in and over the white dollops and then add yet large dots (small fingernail sized)  of SC-52 Toad-ily Green.

    Use the end of a brush handle to drag through the colors creating small swirls.  Place your hand under the foam and while holding the small jar, lift the foam up from underneath to the center portion of the jar. Use your hand to cup the foam around the shape of the jar’s middle.  Remove the jar from the foam.  The colors should resemble marbled colors.  Repeat this process around the jar’s center portion.  Reapply the glaze to the plastic covering if and when the colors are depleted or overly blended.   The colors may overlap on the jar slightly to create a uniform marbling appearance.   Check for small gaps in the color.  Reapply the colors to the missing sections either by using the foam/plastic technique or for very small areas with a brush.

  6. For the larger jar use the following colors in the same process: FN-001 White, FN-212 Blue Diamond, and SC-53 Purple Haze.
  7. Use a damp sponge to remove any glaze where it overlaps onto the stems of the jar.
  8. Using CB-110 Liner to apply some diagonal irregular lines/veins to the marbled sections of the jars using either SC-53 Purple Haze for the larger jar and SC-39 Army Surplus.  These lines should vary in width and length and should be mottled in look.    These winding veins should add accents of darker color to the marbled colors already applied and follow the cues in the marbled color.
  9. To the smaller jar lid (exclude bead on final) and base (exclude the three beads in the stem) apply 3 coats of SC-52 Toad-ily Green with CB-604 Soft Fan.  While the color is still wet, tip one corner of the brush with SC-39 and shade the bottom edge of the lid and base. Also, shade the bottom edge of the final next to the middle bead.
  10. To the larger jar lid (exclude bead on final) and base (exclude the three beads in the stem) apply 3 coats of SC-53 Purple Haze with CB-604 Soft Fan. While the color is still wet, tip one corner of the brush with SC-72 Purple Jelly and shade
  11. the bottom edge of the lid and base. Also, shade the bottom edge of the final next to the middle bead.
  12. To the top and bottom beads on both stems apply 2-3 coats of SC-16 Cottontail using CB-404 Pointed Round.
  13. To the middle bead on the smaller jar apply 3 coats of FN-227 Celery with CB-404 Pointed Round. To the middle bead on the larger jar apply 3 coats of FN-212 Blue Diamond with CB-404 Pointed Round.
  14. Use CB-110 Liner to apply a thin line of color, separating the beaded sections on the lids and stems with SC-79 Purple Jelly on the larger jar to accentuate the delineations on the stem. A line of SC-39 Army Surplus is used on the smaller jar to accentuate the beaded sections.
  15. In a Plastic Cup mix some S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing with water to a skim milk consistency. Apply 1 coat to the entire outside surfaces of both pieces using CB-406 Soft Fan.
  16. Stilt and Fire the pieces to Shelf Cone 05-06

Note:  Any color variation can be made by using any light color in place of the FN-001 White. The second color should be a Foundations Sheer glaze that compliments or contrasts with the third Stroke and Coat color. There should be a light, medium and dark hue in the combination.

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