(Closed) How to make a clay bowl?

posted 7 years ago in DIY
Post # 4
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3526 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Hiya,

Yup, my husband and I wanted to make our own ring bowls. He made mine and I made his and they are now our Christmas ornaments. We have a tradition of buying a new Christmas ornament each year so the ring bowls were our perfect 2010 ornament.

The clay we used was a Sculpey Polymer Clay from Michaels. It was SUPER easy to do!

I viewed this series of online tutorials for our bowls.

Here are some tips for ‘finishing’ the bowls. We opted to leave them as is.

Here’s a picture of my husband’s bowl which has æ„› for love in Chinese, mine had Liebe for love in German:

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I second polymer clay. It’s less messy, you don’t have to keep it wet and stuff, and it’s easy to mold. This includes brand names like Fimo and Sculpey. You can harden them in a regular oven and it is easier to get that smooth finish like the example, because of the polymer. Ive never painted them but it looks like you can in Gerbera’s lovely example!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve worked extensively with natural clay (like dug up from the yard and thrown on the wheel) and it is messsssssssssy. Do not reccomend.

I would definitely recommend going with a polymer from a crafting store, though they might be a bit messy, they are by far easier to work with and more lasting (natural clay absolutey needs to be fired in a professional kiln to last, whereas polymers can be ‘fired’ in conventional ovens).

Post # 8
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Busy bee

You could also find a ceramic shop in your area where you can simply go in by bisque and paint it. They supply the paint and fire it for you.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@Wannabe-diy-bride:

I think it’s a great first attempt! I think most of your form issues will be solved by finding a good “mold”. It can really be anything! I happen to have a stainless steel utensil rest that was a shallow bowl. A little vaseline so that the clay slips off easy. Press often to get ride of the bumps, press on the “underside” of the bowl so there aren’t the fingerprints on the inside of the bowl that will show up in pictures.

P.S. I’ll take a closeup pic this weekend, there are imperfections. But I think it adds character!

@DeaconBride:

We actually thought about going to a local ceramic shop. But my husband liked the idea of just doing it at home ourselves. And I have to agree, it was really fun learning how to do it together. 🙂

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@Wannabe-diy-bride: I think that’s a great first attempt. I made my flowers out of Sculpey, Fimo, and Michael’s clay. None of them were perfect which made them all more amazing.

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