Faceted Day of the Dead Skull

Designer: Marcia Roullard



1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 Bisque. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove dust.2. Use the Soft Fan to apply two coats of FN-044 Yellow Orange to the inside, including the eye sockets, and mouth.3. Use the following colors with SC-16 Cotton Tail to lighten them: SC-97 Cant-elope, SC-75 Orange-A-Peel, SC-11 Blue Yonder and SC-27 Sour Apple. Use the plastic card to pick up SC-97 Cant-elope along with SC-16 Cotton Tail and a small amount of SC-75 Orange-A-Peel. Spread the color onto the faceted sections of the skull. Pick up SC-11 Blue Yonder and SC-27 Sour Apple with SC-16 Cotton Tail and spread onto the skull. Work your way around the skull changing colors on the card as you go. Use the card to spread SC-16 Cotton Tail or SC-55 Yella Bout It on top of the colors if they are too intense. We used a plastic card to apply the color, but a brush works if you prefer to use that application technique.

4. Thicken S-2101 Clear (tinted with a drop of food coloring) with AC-310 Silkscreen Medium to thicken. Use the heart from DSS-152 Day of the Dead to screen with the clear glaze mixture. Use your finger to rub the mixture over the screen with the shiny side down. Screen the marigolds in a semi-circle around the heart.

5. Use the Script Liner to apply two coats of SC-Candy Apple Red to the heart, two coats of SC-16 Cotton Tail to the wings and two coats of SC-97 Cant-elope to the marigolds.

7. Use SC-15 Tuxedo thickened with AC-310 Silkscreen Medium to screen the medallions on both sides of the skull. Screen the small skull on the back. See step 4.

8. Use SG-401 Black to outline the facets.

9. Dip into NT-CLR Clear Dipping Glaze or use the Soft Fan to apply one coat of S-2101 Clear Brushing Glaze.

10. Fire to cone 05/06.



  • MB-1515 Faceted Skull Bisque or CD1515 Faceted Skull Mold


  • SC-11 Blue Yonder
  • SC-15 Tuxedo
  • SC-16 Cotton Tail
  • SC-27 Sour Apple
  • SC-73 Candy Apple Red
  • SC-75 Orange A Peel
  • SC-97 Cant-elope
  • SC-55 Yell About It
  • SG-401 Black
  • S-2101 Clear
  • FN-044 Yellow Orange

Decorating Accessories

  • DSS-152 Day of the Dead
  • AC-310 Silkscreen Medium
  • CB-106 #6 Script Liner
  • CB-604 #4 Soft Fan
  • AC-310 Silkscreen Medium

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Palette Knife
  • Plastic Card
  • Food Coloring