Alligator Chalkboard

Designer: Timothy McPherson



  1. Pour the piece using low fire slip.
  2. When leather hard, remove from the mold and allow to dry.
  3. When dry, clean and fire to shelf cone 04 bisque.
  4. Mask off the teeth and recessed area using the MC-001 12mm Masking Tape.
  5. Using the CB-604 #4 Soft Fan, apply 3 coats of SC-77 Glo-worm to the body of the alligator, keeping color off the eye and the indented chalkboard area.
  6. Mix 1 part of SC-26 Green Thumb to 2 parts water and a few drops of liquid soap detergent, and mix.
  7. Blowing thru the straw, create bubbles and press the piece into the bubbles.
  8. Remove the masking tape.
  9. Wipe any color off the eye and chalkboard areas with a damp sponge.
  10. Using the CB-404 # 4 Pointed Round, apply 2 coats of SC-16 Cotton Tail to the teeth and the eye-opening.
  11. Using the CB-404 # 4 Pointed Round, add the iris to the eye using 2 coats of SC-26 Green Thumb.
  12. Using the CB-110 # 10/0 Mini Liner, outline the eye and apply 2 coats of Tuxedo to the pupil.
  13. Stilt and fire to shelf cone 05/06.
  14. If using the aerosol chalkboard paint, mask off the depressed area with MC-002 12mm Masking Tape, then spray 2 to 3 light coats. Remove the tape.
  15. If using a brush-on chalkboard paint, follow the label directions and apply using the AB-834 ¾” Base Coat brush.
  16. Allow to cure for 24 hours before using.



  • CD-902 Chalkboard Gator


  • SC-015 Tuxedo
  • SC-16 Cotton Tail
  • SC-26 Green Thumb
  • SC-77 Glo-worm

Decorating Accessories

  • CB-110 # 10/0 Mini Liner
  • CB-404 # 4 Pointed Round
  • CB-604 # 4 Soft Fan
  • AB-834 ¾” Base Coat (if using a brush-on chalkboard paint)
  • MC-002 12mm Masking Tape

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Small Straw
  • Liquid Dish Soap
  • Sponge
  • Paper Cup
  • Teaspoon
  • Chalkboard Paint (aerosol or brush on)