How to make ceramics using molds

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How to make ceramics using molds
Two-piece mould (pottery-magic)

Ceramics are some of the most beautiful craft projects. Ceramics can be used for indoors or outdoors, for pots, tea kettles, figurines and many other pieces. Making ceramics does not have to require a kiln and pottery wheel. Using a mould with pourable ceramic (clay slip) will achieve a beautiful ceramic piece you can be proud of. This technique is good for beginners and experienced pottery makers alike.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 2 piece ceramic mould
  • Straps or large rubber bands
  • Clay slip
  • Measuring cup
  • Wooden spoon or paint stirrer
  • Bucket
  • Dish soap
  • Lint-free cloth

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Prepare the mould by making sure it is clean and dry. You can add a thin coating of dish soap to the inside of the mould for easier removal of the ceramic. Put the two pieces back together with straps or large rubber bands to hold it together.

  2. 2

    Mix the dry clay slip with water, according to package directions, in the bucket. Make sure you make enough to fill the mould. Stir well with the wooden spoon. Maintain the moisture content for the desired thickness of the ceramic. There are different thicknesses you can choose from, so follow the directions on the package of clay slip.

  3. 3

    When you have achieved the desired consistency of the pourable ceramic, slowly pour the liquid into the mould. Do not make the walls of the clay any thinner than approximately 3/16 inch.

    How to make ceramics using molds
  4. 4

    When the correct thickness of the walls is complete, pour out the excess slip, clean off the opening of the mould and let set about 30 minutes.

  5. 5

    If it feels sticky, do not remove the mould. If dry, remove the straps and gently take one side of the mould apart. Allow to dry another 30 minutes.

  6. 6

    When completely dry, remove the mould and you can either now let the moulded clay air dry, or you can put the shape in the oven on 148 degrees C for 30 minutes. When completely dry, paint or glaze as desired.

Tips and warnings

  • Clean all materials immediately after use.
  • Add ceramic paint to the slip.
  • Work in a well ventilated area.
  • Use gloves if possible.

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