Happy Holidays Top Hat

Designer: Marcia Roullard



  1. Begin with a properly fired shelf cone 04 Bisque. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove dust.
  2. In wet greenware, cut out the Happy Holiday words, pattern from the internet.
  3. Fire to cone 04.
  4. Tape over the words on the outside of the hat with painters tape, thin slightly FN-004 Red, pour to the inside of the hat, turn to coat, pour out the excess color, drain.
  5. Remove the tape, check the lettering, add more of the FN-004 Red to the letters if needed, wipe off excess color.
  6. Brush on 4 coats of FN-304 Black Velvet to the entire hat (take care not to get the glaze into the lettering.) Use CB-604 Soft Fan and CB-106 Script Liner.
  7. When dry, tape off one inch at the brim of the hat for the hat band. Brush with one coat of SC-16 Cotton Tail and 3 Coats of FN-004 Red. Wrap a two or three-inch candle with paper, set it on the top middle of the hat.
  8. Use a palette knife to apply SG-302 Snowfall around the candle covering the top of the hat, place SG-302 Snowfall into the plastic bottle (use a palette knife) cut the plastic tip to enlarge, squeeze Snowfall to drip onto the sides of the hat, to mimic snow or melting wax from the candle.
  9. Remove the paper wrapped candle when the glaze is nearly dry.
  10. Fire to cone 06.



  • CD-1406 Top Hat


  • FN-304 Black Velvet
  • FN-004 Red
  • SG-302 Snowfall
  • SC-16 Cotton Tail

Decorating Accessories

  • AC-223 Large Writer Tip Kit
  • CB-604 Soft Fan
  • CB-106 Script Liner

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Palette knife
  • Candle
  • Tape