Introduction: 2 Hug Mugs >l<

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Learn a simple way to hand-build a ceramic mug that looks like a hug.

Step 1: Roll Out the Bottom

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Roll out clay into 4 inch x 1/4 inch thick (roughly) circle. Any clay body will work, it depends on your preference. Clay shown here is Cone 6 B-Mix colored with French Green mason stain (more on that here - http://www.axner.com/mason-stains.aspx)

Step 2: Drape Over 1/2 Cup Measuring Utensil

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Drape and press over a 1/2 cup dry measuring utensil

Step 3: Give It Some Love

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Pinch and form edges until even wall thickness is achieved.

Step 4: Trim Your Bottom

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Depending how much you like your bottom to show, trim accordingly. The longer you keep the sides, the better the cups stack.

I like big butts and I cannot lie! :D

Trim with your preferred blade and canned beverage. I use an Exacto with LaCroix.

Step 5: Cut a 2 Inch Long Strip

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Roll out thinner at the ends

2 inch x 10 inch x 1/8 inch roughly

Step 6: Score, Slip, and Roll

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Use the can to roll bottom onto strip. Apply even pressure as you roll to ensure the 2 parts stick together like pals 4 eva.

Step 7: Hang to Dry

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Leave on can or gently place upside down on flat surface to air dry to stiff leather conistency.

Step 8: Flip Over and Finish

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Once firm enough to stand on their own, flip over and finish with a sponge. Choose to blend in strip or leave as a color break. Loosely cover to dry until ready for bisque fire.

Comments

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2017-01-25

These turned out great :)

Thank you Penolopy! I'm glad you like them

Swansong (author)2017-01-23

Using the cans is a great idea to keep them even :)

skinnymckinney (author)Swansong2017-01-23

Yeah! I love using things around the house as ceramic building tools :)

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