Checkerboard Clock

Designer: Marcia Roullard



1.Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 Bisque. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove dust.

2.  Pour SC-16 Cotton Tail, SC-5 Tiger Tail and SC-76 Cara-Bbein Blue onto a tile. Pick up SC-16 Cotton Tail with the rubber squeegee, then dot the Cotton Tail with SC-5 Tiger Tail and SC-76 Cara-Bein Blue. Starting on the front of the clock at the top, hold the squeegee against the bisque and drag down until the glaze on the squeegee is gone. Repeat until the clock is covered with the subtle drag lines of the Tiger Tail and Cara-Bein Blue.

3.  Cut out the pattern of the butterfly and place in the center of the lower part of the clock body. Use the number six as a centering point. Brush water under the paper with and place the paper butterfly onto the piece. Gently press with a paper towel to remove excess water and ensure the edges are sealed.

4.  When dry, apply the 1″ tape in horizontal rows across the body of the clock. Start at the bottom and go up. Place three rows of tape, then remove the middle piece and place it beside the third piece. Repeat all the way up. Watch our video  Tips for Even Rows to see how this works. For the vertical stripes, start in the middle of the clock and move outward on each side. Use the Soft Fan to apply two coats of SC-15 Tuxedo over the exposed squares. Remove the tape and let the color dry.

5.  To make the final squares of the checker board, tape over the rows that have the Tuxedo square, both vertically and horizontally. Apply two coats of SC-15 Tuxedo over the exposed squares. Remove the tape and the paper butterfly.

6. Use the 1/2″ tape to create 1/2″ stripes on the top of the clock. Apply two coats of SC-74 Hot Tamale to the stripe areas. Remove the tape, then re-tape over the red stripes and every half inch in the opposite direction. Apply two coats of SC-97 Cant-elope on the exposed squares.

7. To make the black squares, tape over the parallel lines of Cant-elope in the opposite direction over a Hot Tamale square. This will expose the Hot Tamale squares. Apply two coats of SC-15 Tuxedo over these squares. This will produce checks with three colors, and squares with no color.

8. Use the Script Liner to apply one coat of SC-5 Tiger Tail and one coat of SC-97 Cant-elope to the outer ring around the face of the clock. Apply three coats of SC-74 Hot Tamale to the inner circle of the clock and the top handle.

9. Use the Liner to apply two coats of SC-15 Tuxedo to the numbers.

10. To Silkscreen – Place SC-15 Tuxedo on a palette or tile and sprinkle with AC-310 Silkscreen Medium. Using a palette knife mix color and medium to the consistency of thick peanut butter. if the mix is too thin add more AC-310 Silkscreen Medium or if it is too thick add more Stroke & Coat. Too thin of a mixture will bleed under the screen and give you a blurred image. Too thick of a mixture will make it hard for the product to penetrate through the holes in the screen and give blank areas in your screen.

11. Position the screen shiny side down on the piece. Hold in place, starting from the center out, Rub the mixture on the screen with your finger. Lift a corner up to check if you are applying enough color. Remove the screen and wash with water. Do not let the color dry in the screen. this will cause damage to the screen.

12. Screen the large. butterfly into the space on the front of the clock.

10. Use the Liner with SC-74 Hot Tamale and SC-97 Cant-elope to fill in some of the markings on the butterfly.

11. Dip into NT-CLR Clear Dipping Glaze.

12.  Fire to cone 05/06.



  • MB-1490 Clay Clock


  • SC-5 Tiger Tail
  • SC-15 Tuxedo
  • SC-16 Cotton Tail
  • SC-74 Hot Tamale
  • SC-76 Cara-Bein Blue
  • SC-97 Cant-elope
  • NT-CLR Clear Dipping Glaze

Decorating Accessories

  • CB-604 # 4 Soft Fan
  • AC-310 Silkscreen Medium
  • DSS-0113 Bugs
  • CB-106 #6 Script Liner
  • CB-110 #10/0 Liner

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • 1″ Tape
  • 1/2″ Tape
  • Palette Knife
  • Rubber Squeegee
  • Pattern: Download