Garden Gator

Designer: Marcia Roullard



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

2.. Use the Soft Fan to apply two coats of FN-054 Pistachio to the top area of the gator. Use the same brush to apply two coats of FN-014 Antique White to the underside of the gator.

3. Cut the toilet paper tube in half, then cut in half again. Cut slits into the tube about 1 1/2″ long and 1/2″ wide. Trim each cut a tiny amount so there is a gap between them.  Use a sponge-on-a-stick to apply SC-39 Army Surplus to the cut sections of the tube.

4. Tip the tube slices with SC-48 Camel Back. Beginning at the mouth, press the tips to the top of the alligator’s body, overlapping the stamps. Add in SC-15 Tuxedo to tip some of the stampings. Stamp the legs in the same manner. NOTE: Use two tube cuttings, as one will get too wet with the glaze.

5. Use the same tube cuttings to apply color to the underside of the gator. Use the sponge-on-a-stick to apply SC-46 Rawhide to the tube and tip with SC-83 Tip Taupe. Tip the cardboard with SC-48 Camel Back for some of the stamps. Scrape the glaze off of the teeth and the eyes.

6. Use the Liner to apply two coats of SC-16 Cotton Tail to the eyes and teeth. Use the same brush to apply SC-39 Army Surplus to the iris of the eye and apply SC-15 Tuxedo to the pupils and outlines.

7.  Float a shadow of SC-15 Tuxedo around the legs.

8.  Fire to cone 05/06.



  • MB-1454 Roly Poly Alligator


  • SC-15 Tuxedo
  • SC-16 Cotton Tail
  • SC-34 Down To Earth
  • SC-39 Army Surplus
  • SC-46 Rawhide
  • SC-48 Camel Back
  • SC-83 Tip Taupe
  • FN-014 Antique White
  • FN-054 Pistachio

Decorating Accessories

  • RB-110 #10/0 Liner
  • RB-144 #4 Soft Fan

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Toilet Paper Tube
  • Sponge-on-a-stick