Blue Birdhouse

A new home for your peeps finished in Foundations Sheers and Stroke & Coat.


Products Used

  • MB-1290 8" Birdhouse
  • FN-001 White
  • FN-212 Blue Diamond
  • SC-31 The Blues
  • SC-76 Cara-bein Blue
Decorating Accessories
  • AC-212 Sponge on a Stick
  • AC-230 Clay Carbon Paper
  • AC-302 Wax Resist
  • AC-525 Brush Cleaner
  • BT-910 - Synthetic Sponge
  • CB-110 #10/0 Liner
  • CB-404 #4 Pointed Round
  • CB-604 #4 Soft Fan
  • ST-383 Chain Link Stamp


Blue Birdhouse
Additional Materials
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Snall Cup
  • Blue Masking Tape
  • Download Project Pattern: Birdhouse
Project Info
  • Designer: William Pulse
  • Skill Level: Basic
  • Time: 1½ hours
  • Download Project (Adobe pdf)


  1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque.  Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
  2. Cover the opening on the side and top hole of the birdhouse with Blue Masking tape
  3. Place some FN-212 Blue Diamond into a small cup and add a little bit of water to slightly dilute it (about 3 parts glaze and 1 part water).  It should be the consistency of a coffee cream.  Pour this into the birdhouse and roll around to completely coat the interior of the birdhouse.  Drain out the excess glaze and keep birdhouse inverted until it has lost its shine. Wipe off any glaze from the outside using a damp sponge. Allow to dry.
  4. Using a CB-604 #4 Soft Fan, apply 3 coats of SC-31 The Blues over the entire outside of the ware.   Let each coat dry between applications.
  5. Trace or freehand the design onto the ware using the pencil and AC-230 Clay Carbon Paper.  If you are using a pattern, cut the pattern down to allow a proper fit while transferring the design.
  6. Condition a CB-110 #10/0 Liner by: dampen the brush in water and squeeze out any excess water. Load the brush with AC-525 Brush Cleaner then squeeze between a paper towel.
  7. Load a CB-110  #10 Liner with AC-302 Wax Resist and paint a fine line on the pattern.  Apply enough of the wax resist to make sure it will resist the color later on.   Be careful not to load the brush too heavily with wax as to make it run off the pattern while painting either.   Wash the brush in warm water and AC-525 Brush Cleaner after use. Let dry.
  8. Pour into a plastic cup about 1- 1 ½ oz. of FN-001 White.   Add a bit of water to thin out the glaze to a heavy cream consistency.   Apply 2 coats from under the eaves of the birdhouse to the base allowing each coat to dry between coats.   Keep the coats of glaze as smooth and even as possible.   The glaze will repel from the waxed areas of the design.  Allow to dry.
  9. Using AC-212 Sponge-on-a-stick loaded with SC-76 Cara-bein Blue, apply a good even coat onto the “tetra portion” from ST-383 Chain Link Stamp. Working quickly, apply the stamp to the panels on the roof creating a “tile” effect.
  10. Using a CB-404 #4 Pointed Round, loaded with SC-76 Cara-bien Blue, paint in the “ribs” on the roof and the finial (knob) with 2-3 coats of color for solid coverage.
  11. Touch up the bottom edge if needed with SC-31 The Blues with CB-404 #4 Pointed Round.  Allow to dry.
  12. Stilt and fire the piece to shelf cone 06.  Do not fire the stopper in the ware.
  13. Refit the stopper in the bottom of the Birdhouse upon completion of the firing process.