Flamingo Trays

Designer: Elizabeth Carey



  1. Begin with properly fired cone 04 bisque. Moisten a sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
  2. Cut out the flamingo pattern. Just cut around the edges and between flamingos 2 & 3, so that you end up with a silhouette.
  3. Using the Soft Fan with SC-16 Cotton Tail, apply 1 coat to the front of the tray.
  4. Once the glaze is dry to the touch, place the pattern on the tray. Use the pencil to trace over the details of each flamingo.
  5. Keep the pattern in place on the tray. Lift up sections of the pattern and sponge the back with water. Press down onto the tray. Sponge over edges to make sure the pattern is secure.
  6. Using the Soft Fan with SC-16 Cotton Tail, apply 1 coat to the background of the tray, slightly going over the edges of the pattern. After that coat is dry, apply a 2nd coat to the top half of the tray, then dip the same brush into SC-99 Charming. Shade down to the bottom of the background, going from white to gray to create a light ombre look.
  7. Take the bubble wrap and place it textured-side up. Dip the sponge on a stick into SC-99 Charming and sponge the bubble wrap. Place textured-side down over the background of the tray and press down. Remove the bubble wrap and the pattern.
  8. Trace over the indented pattern of the flamingos with a pencil, so that you can see the lines better.
  9. Mix the colors for the flamingos:
    • Flamingo #1 = 4-parts SC-16 Cotton Tail, 1-part SC-23 Jack O’ Lantern, 1-part SC-73 Candy Apple Red
    • Flamingo #2 = 1-part SC-16 Cotton Tail, 1-part SC-23 Jack O’ Lantern
    • Flamingo #3 = 1-part SC-73 Candy Apple Red, 8-parts SC-16 Cotton Tail
    • Flamingo #4 = SC-73 Candy Apple Red
    • Flamingo #5 = 1 TBS SC-73 Candy Apple Red, 1 drop SC-15 Tuxedo
  10. Once all of the colors are mixed, apply 2 coats to each flamingo using the Script Liner. Allow glaze to dry between coats. Do not glaze the eyes.
  11. Using those same colors, apply 2 coats to the upper part of each beak. Refer to the pattern for which flamingo color to use on each beak.
  12. Using the Detail Liner with SC-16 Cotton Tail, apply 1 coat to each eye.
  13. Using the Detail Liner with SC-15 Tuxedo, outline each flamingo and add feathers to their bodies.
  14. Fire to cone 06.



  • MB-882 Rectangle Tray


  • SC-15 Tuxedo (1/2oz)
  • SC-16 Cotton Tail (1oz)
  • SC-23 Jack O’Lantern (1oz)
  • SC-73 Candy Apple Red (1oz)
  • SC-99 Charming (1oz)

Decorating Accessories

  • RB-144 #4 Soft Fan
  • RB-106 #6 Script Liner
  • RB-110 10/0 Detail Liner

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Sponge
  • Water
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Palette
  • Sponge on a stick
  • Bubble wrap (7×11)
  • Pattern