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A different type of Valentine for the one you love... A ceramic night light.
Clay rolling on 4X16 template Large yogurt container clay cutting tool clay sponge underglazes paintbrushes glaze glue nightlight insert bulb small wo...
I purchased my night light insert from National Art Craft , you can find them on line. I also use these little wooden discs to lift the base of the ni...
Roll the clay large enough to fit your 4X16" template
I use the big fat starbucks straw to make several holes in my clay to eventually let the light escape.
carefully roll the clay slab into a cylinder
fold in approx. 2" when making cylinder
roll clay large enough to fit the cylinder then cut away excess clay leaving about 1/2 inch extra
remove extra clay. then reach inside base with one hand and carefully put pressure along the bottom edge of the piece while pushing the clay on the ou...
Once the bottom is on grab a glue stick (or anything that you can punch out a hole in the bottom, about the size of a quarter)... to eventually use t...
roll your clay large enough to fit the top of the large Yogurt container. cut around the top
Place the night light base a lid on a board to dry
When the clay begins to harden or get leathery, use a wet sponge to clean up and smooth the edges of the base and lid.
Begin to create your decoration for the top of the nightlight. I wanted to make a whimsical figure so I started by hand building the bottom of the bod...
now my little character is standing
B Next I went to work on the head. I made the face (Eyes, nose, mouth)
In order to attach the head I score the clay, scoring is done by putting tiny scratches into the clay piece.
next cover the scor marks with slip, slip is just very wet clay. Add water to the clay dust and make a paste. when I am working with my kids I refer ...
I made more pieces with the clay....arms, a hat, a flower, and a heart
Using the scoring and slip technique I assembled the figure
allow plenty of time for the clay to dry, then fir it to a bisque.
paint your bisque pieces with underglazes.
glaze all your pieces of the night light. I use this crazy green colored glaze made by Duncan. It fires clear...... I like to use it with my kids beca...
assemble the night light before firing. The glaze will act like glue in the kiln and the pieces will be attached when done.
when fired, insert the night light fixture into the hole in the bottom of the base
glue the wooden disks o the bottom of the night light to raise it up a bit to allow space for the electrical cord
more night lights...gifts for all occasions!
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