Festive Top Hat


Products Used

  • MB-1406 Top Hat
  • MB-B16 Drop Flower Beads (3)
  • MB-B04 Small Barrel Bead
  • FN-004 Red
  • FN-305 Black Velvet
  • S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing
  • SC-15 Tuxedo
  • SC-06 Sunkissed
  • SC-11 Blue Yonder
  • SC-13 Grapel
  • SC-88 Tu Tu Tango
  • SG-401 Designer Liner Black

Decorating Accessories

  • CB-604 #4 Soft Fan
  • AC-230 Clay Carbon Paper
  • CB-404 # 4 Pointed Round
  • CB-110 #10/0 Liner
  • DSS-106 Winter/Holiday
  • DSS-107 Season's Greetings
  • BT-910 Synthetic Sponge

Additional Materials

top hat and beads

Designer: Marcia Roullard


  1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
  2. Pencil a line around the inside of the hat brim as a border for the red glaze.
  3. Thin FN-004 Red with water (3:1 glaze to water ratio). Pour inside MB-1406 Top Hat bisque, rotate to coat interior up to the penciled line, then drain excess. Sponge off any FN-004 Red that extends above the penciled line.
  4. Draw a line around the hat 1½" from the bottom of the bisque. Wrap a line of tape around this bottom line. Measure 2"above the bottom taped line and draw another penciled line; wrap tape around the hat to mark the upper line.
  5. Familiarize yourself with silk screen instructions. Thicken SC-15 Tuxedo with AC-310 Silkscreen Medium with a palette knife until it has the consistency of peanut butter.
  6. From DSS-106 Winter/Holiday and DSS-107 Season's Greetings, select images to be screened into the 2" band around the hat.
    • Note: Snowman, candles, bells and pinecones were used here, in addition to the words Peace, Joy and Holidays from DSS-107 Season's Greetings.
  7. Apply the thickened SC-15 Tuxedo through the screen with your finger. Allow the screened images to dry on the bisque before screening another image. Let dry.
  8. With CB-604 Soft Fan, apply 2 coats of S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing over the 2" screened area. Allow glaze to dry completely between coats.
  9. Remove the two bands of tape.
  10. Using CB-604 #4 Soft Fan and CB-106 #6 Script Liner apply 4 coats of FN-304 Black Velvet to the remainder of the bisque. Allow glaze to dry completley between coats.
  11. Fire to cone 05/06.

Wine Charms

  1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
  2. Using CB-404 #4 Pointed Round brush apply three coats of SC-11 Blue Yonder to only the Petals (front and back) of MB-B16 Drop Flower Bead.
  3. Repeat Step #2, this time use SC-13 Grapel on the second Flower Drop Bead and SC-88 Tu Tu Tango on the third Flower Drop Bead
  4. Using CB-110 #10/0 Liner apply three coats of SC-06 Sunkissed to the center of all three flower beads. Allow to dry.
  5. Detail the flower petals with SG-401 Black Designer Liner and add dots to the center of  the flowers in the yellow area. Allow to dry.
  6. Using CB-110 #10/0 Liner apply two coats of SG-401 Black Designer Liner to the tops of the all the Flower Drop Beads.
  7. Using CB-110 #10/0 Liner apply two coats of SC-11, SC-13 and SC-88 to middle and two ends of MB-B04 Small Barrel Bead.
  8. Add detail and lines of separation to the Barrel Bead using SG-401 Designer Liner Black.
  9. Using a CB-604 brush on one coat of S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing glaze to all beads. Allow to dry.
  10. Stilt and fire to a witness cone 06. 
  11. To make the wire loops: wrap a strand of 18 gauge wire around the lid of a Stroke & Coat Bottle. Overlap the end of the wire by about a ½". Cut wire.
  12. Using needle nose pliers,  make a loop in one end of the wire. Thread the straight end through the bead. Create a hook in the straight end of the wire that will latch and hold the loop.
  13. Repeat step #10 for all other beads.