Koi Raku

Exotically glazed and fired; perfect for your outdoor patio or garden.



Products Used

Bisque
  • MB-1327 Koi Fish
Color
  • RK-100 Black Metallic
  • RK-101 Copper Metallic
  • RK-102 Patina Metallic
  • RK-106 Peacock Matte
Decorating Accessories
  • CB-406 #6 Pointed Round
  • CB-408 #8 Pointed Round
  • CB-604 - #4 Soft Fan
  • BT-910 - Synthetic Sponges
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Additional Materials
  • Raku Kiln
  • Raku Tongs
  • Welding Gloves
  • Metal Trashcan
  • Newspaper
  • Magic Eraser
Project Info

Instructions

 

Painting

  1. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
  2. Using a CB-604 #4 Soft Fan, apply 2 coats of RK-106 Peacock Matte to the Koi's face (avoid the eyes and mustache) fins and underbelly.  Leave the area where the fish touches the table free of any glaze.
  3. Using a CB-406 #6 Pointed Round, apply 2 coats of RK-100 Black Metallic to Koi's eyes and mustache.  Dry brush RK-100 Black Metallic on top of fins with a CB-604 #4 Soft Fan.
  4. Using either a CB-406 #6 Pointed Round or CB-408 #8 Pointed Round, apply 2 coats of RK-102 Patina Metallic to various scales on the Koi, leaving the other scales blank.
  5. Using a CB-408 #8 Pointed Round, apply 2 coats of RK-101Copper Metallic to the scales previously left blank.
  6. Wipe any excess glaze off the fish's base with a damp sponge. Allow the to dry

Firing

  1. Place Koi in Raku kiln.  Heat the kiln to 1830 degrees, and hold for 5 minutes.
  2. Wearing welding gloves, pull Koi out of kiln with the Raku tongs, place into trashcan filled with newspaper.  Wait about 5 seconds before placing lid on trashcan.
  3. Allow the Koi to sit around 20-30 minutes.
  4. Wearing welding gloves, pull Koi out of trashcan.  Allow to cool.
  5. Clean Koi with a Magic Eraser and water.

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