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You don't need a steady hand to decorate a pot with attractive and modern geometric designs. Just a pot, tape, a few tools and lots of time and patience!

Step 1: Planning the Layout of Your Pattern

First of all, you have to figure the grid you will use to project your 2D design on the 3D pot. In the example, I used a grid composed by equilateral triangles. This is, a number of equidistant vertical lines crossed by diagonal lines at a 60 degree angle (A). This grid contains all the lines that will surround each colored shape of the design (B) and some extra lines that will be removed to reveal the final design (C).

<p>Wow! Just wow! This is fantastic. Well done.</p>
<p>Well done! You earned my vote. I see people entering this contest with concrete, cake a fondant, I think there is even and entry with papier mache. They all missed the title of this contest, and it is CLAY. I love your design and you obviously have Talent, so I hope you win the top prize because I know I want the top prize!! Good Luck!</p>
.. and thanks for your vote and your kind words
<p>I guess polymer clay, concrete, fondant and papier mache must qualify as well because all entries are reviewed to determine if the are eligible before they are accepted. However, I do cannot imagine what a cake decorator will do with a kiln if he/she wins :)</p>
<p>Super designs.</p>
Cool!
These are beautiful, and the instructions are equally clear. I wish I had the patience to make this type of design, I've always loved tesselations .
<p>Genius Idea! Though I'm probably too lazy to ever use this technique. Beautiful work! Love the blue and brown together. </p>
<p>Wow! Thanks for sharing this! </p>
<p>what a fantastic idea! I love this method. Thank you!</p>
Thanks :)
<p>Excellent! Thank you!</p>
<p>I never thought about using pin striping tape to make lines and separate sections. I always used the blue painters tape with a ruler and exact knife to cut thin pieces. This saves so much time, thank you so much for sharing. Beautiful pots. </p>
<p>Thanks! </p><p>While pinstriping tape does save a lot of time, the process is still time consuming. Nevertheless, I love the results!</p>
<p>I guess this doesn't even have to be done with glaze on pots - you could use the same technique to apply, say, fabric paint to a plain cylindrical lampshade? As long as what you are using for the design doesn't dissolve the tape or bleed under it, it should be good.</p>
Yes, that is a good idea, but you have to be careful not to cut through the fabric when you work with the knife. The other problem is that the tape sometimes leaves a sticky residue that will burn and disappear when you fire the piece... but you cannot fire a fabric lampshade. There is always a solution to every problem and I am sure it can be done. If you try, please post pictures! :)
<p>Also, the shade does not have to be cylindrical, it could be conical too. In fact, it looks so much cooler when the design changes due to changes in the piece's diameter! With this method you can transfer a 2D design into almost any 3D shape, the secret is to keep the angles constant so that the proportions are always the same. </p>
So incredibly cool. I will definitely try this on one of my pots in the future!
<p>Thanks! Post pictures when you are done! :)</p>
<p>I continue to love your work....thanks so much for the instructions!</p>
<p>Beautiful design and great instructable! </p>
<p>Thank you! I'm glad you like it and I hope you try it :)</p>

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