Golden Duckies

I’ve been working on the ceramic ducks and bunnies I found here.

5 little ducklings and 3 pearlized bunnies
5 little ducklings and 3 pearlized bunnies
The easy part of the project although at one point they all fell on the floor.
The easy part of the project although at one point they all fell on the floor.

First I spray painted them satin white.

I was sure I could draw scallops on my little ducks.
I was sure I could draw scallops on my little ducks like on this Herend figurine.

Then I pulled up an inspiration photo from the internet.

Sharpie on porcelain is very slippery -- perhaps a lighter color would have been better.
Sharpie on porcelain is very slippery — perhaps a lighter color would have been better.

I tried to use a Sharpie to imitate the pattern on a Herend figurine but I could not be very precise and it looked pretty horrible. As you can see I should have at least looked more closely at the original — I got the pattern inside each scallop upside down.

Even dotting the eye was tricky.
Even dotting the eye was tricky.

So I decided to just put a dot in the eye like the inspiration.

The gold paint pen worked well.
The gold paint pen worked well.

What did work however was a gold paint pen.

I'll respray the little blue failure and have a bevy of white and gold ducks. Next year they might be a totally different color altogether.
I’ll respray the little blue failure and have a bevy of white and gold ducks. Next year they might be a totally different color altogether.

I gave the tail, the feet, the wings, and the bill a shot of gold.

Everyone is a different color combination.
Everyone is a different color combination.
These newly painted white and gold duckies look improved to me.
These newly painted white and gold duckies look improved to me.

Have you wasted time this week on something ridiculous?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

6 thoughts on “Golden Duckies”

  1. I call it learning! I spend (waste?) Lots of time trying things that don’t always work quite like I had hoped! Thanks for sharing your little friends! It is a good idea…I am wondering if a flat paint would be easier to use the sharpies on and then a coat of gloss sealer spray?

    1. Flat paint, yes, probably. Even with a pencil it was difficult to get the pattern going just right. At any rate I like them better now that they aren’t so colorful. Jo

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