Beaded Pumpkin with Leaves

Designer: Bob Moreni



  1. Cast the mold in usual manner. While in the leather stage, punch 4 holes around the bottom of the stem for the copper wire later. Allow to dry. Clean the greenware with a Clean-Up Tool.
  2. Roll out some Low Fire Whit Clay. Take the Maple Leaf Press Tool and press out 3 or more leaves. Trim with XActo Knife then give a slight bend to the leaf to make it look real. Add a small piece of clay with a hole in it to the back of the leaf to attach later. Clean the leaves with a damp brush. Allow to dry!
  3. Bisque fire the pumpkin and the leaves to cone 04.
  4. Using a Basecoat Brush, basecoat the whole pumpkin and stem with 1-2 coats of SS-198 Chocolate. Basecoat the leaves with SS-138 Flat Black. Allow to dry!
  5. Using a Drybrush, drybrush the pumpkin with SS-211 Orange Rust then with SS-210 Orange. Highlight with SS-3 Honey Toast.
  6. Drybrush the stem with SS-234 Medium Mocha then highlight with SS-194 Medium Taupe.
  7. Drybrush the nubs with SS-276 Forest Green then with SS-57 Accent Green. Highlight lightly with SS-19 Country Sage then with SS-45 Buttermilk.
  8. Apply 1 coat of MM-106 Steel Metallic to the leaves. When dry apply a 2nd coat of MM-106 Steel Metallic to the leaves, while this coat is still wet apply MM-305 Rapid Rust to the stem and leaves. Allow to dry!
  9. Shade the deep crevices of the pumpkin with SS-198 Chocolate. Allow to dry!
  10. Apply 1-2 coats of AC-502 Matte Sealer to the piece.
  11. DO NOT FIRE.
  12. Attach the leaves with the Copper Wire stringing it through the holes in the pumpkin and the back of the leaf. Add some wire curly cues.



  • CD027 Large Beaded Pumpkin
  • CD1073 4 Leaf Designs Press Tool


  • SS-3 Honey Toast
  • SS-19 Country Sage
  • SS-45 Buttermilk
  • SS-57 Accent Green
  • SS-138 Flat Black
  • SS-198 Chocolate
  • SS-211 Orange Rust
  • SS-194 Medium Taupe
  • SS-234 Medium Mocha
  • SS-210 Orange
  • SS-276 Forest Green
  • MM-106 Steel Metallic
  • MM-305 Rapid Rust

Decorating Accessories

  • AC-502 Matte Sealer
  • MM-600 Spritzer Cap
  • Basecoat Brush
  • Various Drybrush’s
  • RB-116 #6 Round

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Foam Plates – Aluminum Foil for Palette
  • Paper Towels
  • Water Bowl
  • Clean-Up Tool
  • Sponge
  • Low Fire White Clay
  • XActo Knife
  • 20 Gauge Copper Wire